Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza

Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza | sharedappetite.com

This Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza was created in partnership with Del Monte Foods, Inc.  As always, all opinions and recipes are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Shared Appetite!

Thanksgiving.  Side note: I can’t believe we are talking about Thanksgiving already.  Anyone feel like they were just planning what they wanted to do over the summer?!  Not just me… okay good.

I digress.  Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and I’m pretty darn excited.  I mean, it’s literally a food holiday.  I was born to celebrate this holiday.

I have my go-to recipes for Turkey Day (and some new ones that I always like to experiment with and try out from year to year) and love to entertain family on Thanksgiving.  There’s something pretty magical about the house buzzing with family you only get to see every few months. But to me, the main event is actually the day after Thanksgiving.  That’s right. Black Friday National Leftovers Day.

You’ve seen my Leftover Thanskgiving Hand Pies.  And my Stuffing Waffles and Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey and Hash Sandwiches with Cranberry Aioli.  But this Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza.  It’s my all-time new favorite day after Thanksgiving recipe!

Full disclosure.  I don’t love leftovers.  Reheating a meal I already cooked isn’t something I get excited about.  But repurposing an old meal into something completely different?! Yeah, I’m so down with that.

Thanksgiving is chaotic.  There’s a TON of food to prep, family to entertain and catch up with, and lots of little kids running around screaming with excitement.  The day after? Sweet, sweet quiet. Just me and my leftovers. And what do I crave the day after Thanksgiving? COMFORT.

There are few things in this life more satisfying than a good slice of pizza (and living here in New York, a great slice is pretty much on every corner).  It’s comfort food to the max, and I knew that my Thanksgiving weekend menu needed this pizza on it this year.

Two staples that are always on my Thanksgiving table (which, of course, then made their way into this Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza) are Del Monte® Cream Style Golden Sweet Corn and green bean casserole using Del Monte® Blue Lake® Cut Green Beans.  It’s not Thanksgiving without them!

There are a few reasons why I love delicious and convenient Del Monte vegetables and always reach for them on the shelves at my local supermarket.  Del Monte® Blue Lake® Cut Green Beans and Del Monte® Cream Style Golden Sweet Corn are picked at the peak of freshness, which locks in tremendous flavor.  I love that the ingredient list is short and straightforward: vegetable, water, and a dash of sea salt. Nothing else!

Even better, Del Monte is a network of family farms—many of which have been with them for generations!  Every vegetable is grown in the United States and is packed within 75 miles of the farm! And probably most important is that Del Monte® is all about quality.  With over 130 years of farming experiences, these guys know vegetables!

You can check out this store locator to see where you can get your hands on Del Monte vegetables!

Check out Del Monte’s collection of holiday recipes for lots of cooking inspiration!

Listen, I get it.  The day after Thanksgiving is not the day to cook.  You are slowly awakening from your Thanksgiving dinner slumber and are nursing a major food coma.  That’s why this Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza is so ridiculously great. It just takes 10 minutes of prep!

You can find pizza dough at most supermarkets or you can do like me and grab dough at your local pizzeria.  They are usually just a few bucks and the quality is GREAT. If your dough is refrigerated, you’ll want to let your pizza dough sit out for about 30 minutes before stretching it out.  I’ve found that it’s way harder to work with cold dough… it likes to shrink back on me! Let the pizza dough come to room temperature and you’ll see it rolls out nicely.

Once you have that dough stretched and ready to go… it’s pizza-making time.

Make sure to put down a thin layer of mashed potatoes before anything else.  That’s going to act as a barrier so none of the leftovers (I’m looking at you creamed corn) seep through to the crust.  After the mashed potatoes, it doesn’t really matter what order you add your toppings, but obviously just make sure the cheese is on top!

The amount of each leftovers you use will be dependent on how big your pizza dough is and also how hefty of a pizza you want!  There really are no rules though, so get creative!  Feel free to add other leftover toppings to your pizza as well!  If you want to make it a family event, you can even divide a few doughs up and let each member of your family create their own mini pizza!

Once you bake off this Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza until the crust is golden brown, you’ll want to top it with some dollops of cranberry sauce and drizzle it with gravy!  I like to add a little chopped parsley for a garnish, but that’s 100% optional!

My advice?  You may want to grab extra dough because after one bite, you’re going to want to make this Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza every day until those leftovers run out!

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Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza | sharedappetite.com

Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza


  • Author: Chris Cockren
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 store-bought pizza dough
  • Del Monte® Cream Style Golden Sweet Corn
  • leftover green bean casserole using Del Monte® Blue Lake® Cut Green Beans
  • leftover mashed potatoes
  • leftover stuffing
  • leftover turkey, shredded into small pieces
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • cranberry sauce, for serving
  • gravy, for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.  Stretch pizza dough on a floured surface into a large circle.  Top with a thin layer of mashed potatoes, then a thin layer of each creamed corn, green bean casserole, stuffing, and shredded turkey.  Sprinkle generously with cheddar cheese.
  2. Bake pizza on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or directly on a pizza stone in your oven for 15-20 minutes, until crust is golden brown and just cooked through.  Remove from oven, slice into pieces, and top with cranberry sauce and gravy.  Devour.

Notes

*you can purchase pizza dough at your local pizzeria or at many supermarkets.  Just remember to let your pizza dough come to room temperature before stretching… it makes it a lot easier!

You can check out this store locator to see where you can get your hands on Del Monte vegetables!

Check out Del Monte’s collection of holiday recipes!

Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza

By Chris Cockren

I know! We actually do exist. Hey, I’m Chris. Husband. Teacher. Photographer. Avid lover of all things food, especially Mexican and dessert. Sharing is caring. Eat. Cook. Share.

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