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Leftovers Week: Jen’s Gobble It Down Pizza

~~posted by Jen

By the Sunday after Thanksgiving, your family is probably moaning and groaning about still having to eat turkey sandwiches (mine already is) so you need to use up all that food but make it look and taste different, right? That’s where we come in with Leftovers Week. Starting tomorrow, Nik and I will share two recipes with you each day to “Remix” those holiday leftovers into something delicious that fits your plan AND your family will enjoy! Added bonus, they probably won’t even notice it’s leftovers!!
If you haven’t already done so, go ahead and remove the rest of the turkey from the bone (don’t throw the carcass away, we’re making stock later this week!), and get your other leftovers organized in the fridge or freezer so you have easy access to them for makeovers this week. That way you’re all set to use these yummy recipe ideas all week.
Since it’s Sunday and my boys are watching football and/or hockey on tv, I usually make them up some snacks to enjoy during the game(s). They were complaining about turkey sandwiches, so I came up with what I think is pretty clever, it’s definitely delicious, and can be cut into perfect sized party “bites” for appetizers on game day or if guests drop by. This is your first taste of “Leftovers Week!” I call it “Gobble It Down Thanksgiving Pizza.”

Before I had my RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in July 2008, my favorite thing about Thanksgiving leftovers was taking some turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce and making a sandwich on smushy white bread with lots of mayonnaise. This may not sound like a great combination, but oh my Martha is it tasty together.

I probably couldn’t even handle half of one these days, for which I am thankful, but it’s one of those “food memories” I wanted to find a way to re-create. Y’all know what that means! Yep, to the “lab” for some experimenting. On a side note, my kitchen now has a new larger fridge and a dishwasher, this benefits y’all more than you may realize!

S’anyway, I was thinking on this idea, and originally I was going to make the same sandwich on an Arnold Thin. But then I thought, “Nahhh”, because to me the white bread and mayo are part of what makes this sandwich so divine. Then, as I was testing out the new Arnold “Artisan Ovens” Flatbreads, I had a moment of inspiration. How about a Thanksgiving PIZZA???? 

By George, it is DELICIOUS!!! Even the vegetarian scarfed it down, he picked the turkey off his slices. Here’s how I did it:

Jen’s Gobble It Down Pizza

Ingredients: (for 2 pizzas, yields 12 small square slices)
2 Arnold Multigrain Flatbread thins
4 tbsp leftover Jen’s Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce (jellied or whole berry is fine, your choice)
2 tbsp mayonnaise (light is ok, but don’t use fat free or it will taste “off”)
4 oz leftover roast turkey or chicken breast, cut into small pieces or shredded
2 oz leftover stuffing
1 cup shredded Italian 6-cheese blend

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the two flatbreads side by side, a couple inches apart, on a non-stick cookie sheet. 

In a small bowl, whisk together the cranberry sauce and mayonnaise. Spread half of the mixture evenly over each flatbread, this is your pizza “sauce.”

Sprinkle the turkey meat evenly over the sauce. Then spoon the stuffing into small rounds, I made “pepperoni” from the stuffing. This way you get some in almost every bite without complete carb overload!
´╗┐Now sprinkle cheese evenly over the top of each pizza. If you like yours less cheesy, you can certainly use less. I tend to like lots of cheese on my pizza, plus it’s extra protein and the richness of the cheese complements the sweet tanginess of the cranberries very nicely.

Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes, until heated through and cheese is melted. The pic at the beginning of the post is the finished pizza, fresh out of the oven.

Let cool slightly, then cut each pizza into 6 squares for serving. Don’t forget, the cook gets the first bite! Delicious!

 Don’t want to serve them now? Assemble the pizzas but don’t bake. Instead, freeze them in airtight freezer bags, then the next time guests stop by unannounced or you kids want a quick snack, you’re all set! Pull the pizzas out of the freezer then bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

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3 comments

  1. what a great idea! looks so good!

  2. Thanks, Marisa! It's really yummy! ~~Jen

  3. Oh my gosh! I tried this without stuffing and added goat cheese! I have found a new favorite!