How to Make a Tasty Thanksgiving Pizza Using Your Leftovers

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by Al's Epic Family Life

I've got a fun way to use up some of those Thanksgiving leftovers with this delicious Thanksgiving pizza recipe. I decided to try to make my Thanksgiving leftovers into something else, and I wanted to do something completely different. That's how I decided to make a Thanksgiving leftover pizza.

The only mistake I made in the making of this had nothing to do with the taste, and it's easily avoidable. I will tell you about it when we get to that point.

Making the Thanksgiving pizza crust

1. Create the crust

To get started, take out your leftover cornbread casserole, cornbread dressing, or any kind of dressing or stuffing. You could also use pizza dough or leftover rolls and slice them in half. You just need a crust of some kind. 

I took some leftover cornbread casserole and mashed it up with a little bit of water. You could also use broth. If you have leftover rolls, then you can skip this step altogether. 

Cut the stuffing in half, and start building up your pizzas. Mash it and flatten it out into a crust. That was the part that I messed up on. I put it on foil and did not spray it with anything. Next time I'll just put it on a baking mat or directly on a preheated tray. 

Thanksgiving pizza recipe

2. Prepare toppings

Get your toppings ready and set them aside.

I'm slicing up some leftover turkey from a turkey my husband smoked this year. I've also got some leftover cranberry sauce. 

We had both kinds because we like both kinds, so I'm going to mash them together. 

I've got some mozzarella cheese. 

How to make Thanksgiving leftovers pizza

3. Bake the crust

I prebaked the crust at 450 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes. You don't want it to be super soft to the touch anymore. When you press on it, you want it to be firm, like a pizza crust would be cooked. If you're using rolls, skip the pre-baking step.

Homemade Thanksgiving-themed pizza

4. Layer the toppings

Start building the pizza with cranberry sauce as the "sauce" layer. After you've got your cranberry sauce on the crust, you will put your turkey on top of it.

If you have leftover mashed potatoes, you could just mix those in with the cranberry sauce. I know that sounds weird, but it will taste delicious. 

Adding cheese to the top

Once I've got my turkey on there, I'm going to add the cheese and then top it with the last little bit of the remaining crispy onions I have left from making the green bean casserole. 

Baking the pizza

5. Bake the pizza

I'm going to bake the pizza in the oven at 450 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes. At this point, your crust is fully cooked, so you just really need your cheese to melt. 

So we briefly talked about the tinfoil situation, but I feel like it's worth a mention. Again, please make sure you spray your tinfoil with cooking spray, or don't put it on tin foil. You can put it on a baking mat or just the tray itself. I had to pick tin foil off the bottom of my Thanksgiving leftover pizza, and I don't want you to have to endure that same thing. 

Thanksgiving pizza

This is the pizza once it is fresh out of the oven. I forgot to take a picture before I started cutting into it. You can see it's delicious looking and it was very tasty. 

Thanksgiving pizza

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving leftover pizza; we definitely did. What leftovers did you use up from Thanksgiving to make your pizza? Leave a comment with your recipe below.

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