One of the best aspects of Thanksgiving Dinner is that it always provides plentiful and delicious leftovers. This year, I wanted to have a little more fun with our leftovers and move away from making casseroles or sandwiches. With my recent love of making pizza, I decided to try out a Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza! This dish is simple to whip up, is fun to make (especially if you have kids) and will be an easy dinner if you, like me, are using this weekend to set up your Christmas or Holiday decorations.
Ever since we got our pizza stone as a wedding gift (Emile Henry Pizza Stone), I LOVE making homemade pizza. This kitchen gadget is a wonderful addition to your collection if you are willing to experiment. Making homemade pizzas can seem daunting thinking you have to make homemade pizza dough. I personally prefer making homemade pizza dough, however, I also love buying pre-made pizza dough at my local grocery store when looking for a quicker meal (my favorites are from Trader Joe's and Whole Foods). All that is required is rolling out the dough, topping with your favorite toppings and throwing in the oven. The pizza stone does all the work to get you a fluffy yet crispy pizza crust. Pizza Stones make great holiday and hostess gifts as well! Note that a pizza stone is not required for this recipe - you can use a standard pizza pan or baking pan with a delicious outcome!
I am sharing a recipe below solely for structure. Be creative with your leftovers! Substitute sweet potatoes for regular mashed potatoes. Add some green beans. Leave off the cranberries and double the gravy! If you are serving a larger family, make a few different variations. Just buy some pre-made pizza dough and you are on your way to a delicious dish! Maybe wait until after you have tackled some of your bigger holiday decorating projects as it still is a turkey dish . . . Please share any successful variations in the comments section below!
PIZZA FROM THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS
Yield: 1 pizza - 3-4 servings
- 1 pizza dough ball *
- 3/4 cup cranberry sauce
- 1/2 cup mashed potatoes
- 1/2 cup turkey, shredded or diced
- 1/2 cup stuffing
- 3/4 cup cheese
- gravy for drizzling
- If using a pizza stone, preheat your oven to 500 degrees, place the pizza stone in the lower third of the oven, and heat for at least 30 minutes. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees for cooking.
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured piece of parchment paper which provides for easy transferring. Roll out the pizza dough to the desired size. Transfer the pizza dough to the pizza stone or pizza pan.
- Spread the cranberry sauce as your first layer of your pizza.
- Layer on the mashed potatoes by dolloping scoops around the pizza and spreading with the back of a spoon.
- Continue layering on the shredded turkey and stuffing.
- Top with cheese and finish with drizzling the gravy.
- Cook the pizza in the oven for approximately 10-15 minutes.
- Remove, cool slightly and enjoy!