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Thanksgiving is officially over, but chance are your fridge is still full of remnants from yesterday’s meal.
I’m not a fan of eating the same meal over and over, so I always re-purpose my leftovers into new creations. Here are eight of my favorite ways to re-imagine Thanksgiving leftovers!
Haven’t finalized your Thanksgiving menu yet? Need to add another side dish? I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes to help you get your menu set!
Leftover turkey + leftover cranberry sauce = pizza night, of course.
I’ve always preferred to reimagine my turkey leftovers into non-Thanksgiving fare – like Turkey Cranchiladas or Turkey and Chorizo Hash – and this pizza fits right in. The cranberry sauce gives you a slightly sweet, slightly tart edge to your barbecue sauce – and it pairs awesome with the turkey and cheese.
This is a great dish to make at the end of the weekend when your turkey and stuffing sandwiches are getting tired!
(Leftover) Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza
(slightly adapted from Recipe Runner)
Makes 1 12″ Pizza
1/2 lb. pizza dough
1/2 cup cranberry sauce
3 Tbsp. barbecue sauce
1 cup turkey, shredded
1 1/2 cups mozzarella
2 Tbsp. red onion, thinly sliced
Chopped cilantro, to taste
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment.
Roll out the pizza dough and place on the prepared baking sheet.
In a small bowl, stir together the cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce and spread over the crust. Top with turkey, cheese, and red onion.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the crust is golden.
Top with cilantro and serve.
Looking for more leftover ideas? I’ve teamed up with a bunch of great bloggers today to share lots of great ways to use up your leftovers:
Cranberry-Orange Brie Bites by Books n’ Cooks
Cranberry-Topped Baked Brie by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
(Leftover) Turkey and Cranberry BBQ Sauce Pizza by Kate’s Recipe Box
Prosciutto & Asiago Stuffed Mushrooms by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Spicy Turkey Quesadillas by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Thanksgiving Leftover Empanadas by The Redhead Baker
Turkey Croquettes by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Turkey Gumbo by Palatable Pastime
Turkey Pot Pie by Making Miracles
I hosted Thanksgiving for years before I tried making my own cranberry sauce. I always assumed it would be difficult and not worth it. It’s not – and it is.
This only takes about fifteen minutes to make and tastes so, so much better than the canned version. It’s also make-ahead friendly and is the perfect dish to bring with you if you’re travelling because it can be served warm, cold, or at room temp.
(from Savory Sweet Life)
Makes about 2 cups
1 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
3/4 cup orange juice
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is mostly evaporated.
You’ll hear the cranberries popping as this cooks – that’s okay! You want them to open up!
This can be served warm, chilled, or at room temperature.