Stop staring at your Thanksgiving Leftovers and make this Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza recipe! Everything is better on a pizza, but you’ve never tasted you Thanksgiving leftovers quite like this! Add turkey, stuffing, green beans and squash all on top of cheese and an herby olive oil sauce. Skip the sandwich and make this Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza!
So one of the best things about leftovers after Thanksgiving is they are super flexible. I’ve used my Thanksgiving leftovers in this pizza, but you can use whatever you made.
Toppings To Try On Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza
Toppings That Work
- Turkey– chopped into bite sized pizzas, a Thanksgiving Pizza is a great way to use that turkey! If your family made another kind of roast or ham for thanksgiving (Pork loin, ham or even roast beef) you can try that too!
- Bread Stuffing/Dressing- Sprinkle a little stuffing onto the pizza! This works with all types of bread style stuffing and is even tastier if your stuffing includes sausage.
- Pecans– I threw a few extra chopped pecans on top of my pizza at the end because my stuffing has pecans in it. Delicious!
- Roasted Squash– If you have roasted squash, dice that up and put it on the pizza, yum!
- Cranberry Sauce– We added a drizzle of cranberry sauce on our pizza at the table. I wouldn’t recommend baking cranberry sauce onto the pizza but it is delicious drizzled on top! You can also use your leftover cranberry sauce in my cranberry vinaigrette dressing, which is delish on a side salad with this pizza.
- Crispy Onions– I always feel like I have leftover cripsy onions after Thanksgiving that didn’t make it onto the green bean casserole. Throw extra crispy onions on at the end for maximum crunchiness.
- Vegetable Tray– Don’t forget to raid any leftovers from the vegetable tray for other possible pizza toppings if you had a snacking tray. Broccoli, bell pepper and slices of olives are some of our family’s favorite toppings.
Leftover Toppings That Are Trickier
- Green Beans– Roasted green beans can be easily diced and added to the top of the pizza. If you have green bean casserole though, add only a little to the pizza. A little is ok for flavor, but too much and your pizza may become too soggy.
- Mashed Potatoes- You can add a thin layer of mashed potatoes in place of the olive oil, but keep the layer thin or the pizza may end up soggy. This works best if your mashed potatoes have a lot of flavor, like garlic and onion!
- Gravy- A thin layer of gravy can be used in place of the olive oil sauce on the pizza. Our family also found it was better to leave the cheese off the pizza if you are adding gravy.
- Cheese Tray– Thanksgiving leftovers have so much flavor, you’ll want to keep the cheese flavor mild, Mozzarella and provolone work well. I wouldn’t suggest using stronger flavored cheeses though or it may overpower your leftovers
Leftover Toppings I Haven’t Tried On Pizza Or Would Skip
- Cornbread– Cornbread or cornbread dressing, I’m not sure how well this would work crumbled on pizza.
- Sweet Potato Casserole– Sweet potato casserole is super sweet and is also pretty wet too. While I haven’t tried it on pizza, I would skip adding sweet potato casserole to pizza.
- Pumpkin Pie– Just eat the pie, I wouldn’t add it to pizza! Really I wouldn’t expect ANY pie to be good on top of the pizza, but it will sure be great for dessert!
What Kind Of Pizza Crust Should I Use?
You can use several different kinds of pizza crust! I used two cans of crescent dough because that’s what I had in my fridge, but don’t afraid to get creative.
- Crescent Dough– I rolled together two tubes
- Pizza dough– Homemade pizza dough (double the recipe) or store-bought refrigerated pizza dough works!
- Naan bread- Costco often has mini naan bread that’s perfect for personal size pizzas too!
- Pita- Pita can work as a pizza base in a pinch!
- Frozen Puff Pastry– Let it defrost then add the toppings. Puff pastry makes this pizza feel fancier!
I’d skip biscuit dough. Biscuits work a little better for more of a turkey pot pie style dish.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza
- Baking sheet
- Pan spray or parchment paper
- Small bowl
- Silicone brush
- Sharp knife
- Cutting board
- 2 cans Crescent rolls 16 ounces total, OR 16 ounce pizza dough
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Poultry spice blend
- 1/2 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
- 1 cup Mozzarella cheese Shredded
- 1/2 cup Turkey Chopped or shredded
- 1/4 cup Roasted green beans or green bean caserole
- 1/4 cup Roasted butternut squash chopped
- 1/2 cup Stuffing
- 1/4 cup Pecans (optional) chopped
- Preheat the oven to 375. Allow the dough to come to room temperature. Roll together with the crescent dough on a clean counter and roll thin with a rolling pin until it is wide enough for your pizza, and about a quarter-inch thick. The dough will stretch much easier once it has warmed and is no longer cold from the refrigerator. Spray a baking sheet lightly with oil or line with parchment paper and stretch the dough onto the baking sheet.
- In a small bowl mix together the olive oil, poultry seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper. With a silicone brush, brush the top of the pizza crust generously with all of the oil. Add shredded mozzarella cheese to cover the pizza dough.
- Chop or shred the turkey into bite-sized pieces, then sprinkle all over the pizza. Add green beans or green bean casserole and spread over the pizza. Add bites of roasted squash to the pizza. Break apart the stuffing with your hands then sprinkle on the pizza. Add optional chopped pecans. Finish with a pinch of salt and pepper over the pizza.
- Bake the pizza at 375 for 20-25 minutes until the crust is brown and the center is cooked through. Remove the pizza and cut into eight slices and enjoy!
- I used my Thanksgiving leftovers, but you can use what you have on hand too! Check out more info in the article for which traditional Thanksgiving leftovers make the best pizza toppings and which ones would be better if you skipped.