Yep, you read that right. I’ve put two of the most glorious things in the world of food together – pizza + Thanksgiving food. And I may as well just say ‘you’re welcome’ right now, because once you make this, you definitely will be thanking me. And it is the season that we’re supposed to give thanks and all, so it’s nice when things come full circle.
Anyway, let’s get right down into this recipe and put the small talk aside. In a perfect world I would have waited until I had actual leftover turkey that my Dad got up at 5am to make, but once I created this recipe, there was no way I could wait another 3-4 weeks to make it. So off to the store I went and I picked up some turkey breasts from the store and cooked them in the crockpot until they were perfectly done and ready to be shredded up. Then I went and bought some already made pizza crust because this girl works full-time and as much as figuring out how to make homemade pizza crust from scratch sounds like fun (no seriously, it does), my reality and need for pizza does not allow for that right now in my life.
I also did not add mashed potatoes to this pizza, but I thought about it. I recently had mashed potatoes on pizza and I give it two thumbs up with the right ingredients. I wasn’t sure how heavy the pizza would be and didn’t want to go into a food coma afterwards, but you could certainly add it and I bet it would delicious.
Why BBQ? Well because BBQ sounded more appealing as a sauce base than marinara with this set of ingredients. And my instincts were spot on here, if I do say so myself. The BBQ added a tang that complimented the overall flavor of the pizza without taking away from each ingredient.
The cranberries gave it a little bit of sweet flavor that wasn’t overwhelming, and the goat cheese – well I LOVE goat cheese and gave the pizza rush of flavor.
At the end of the day pizza can be anything you want it to be. Sometimes you want lots of veggies. Sometimes you want thin crust. Sometimes you want white sauce. But if you find yourself with lots of Turkey Day leftovers, or you’re like me and your love for pizza knows no bounds, give this recipe a try!
Tell me if you have any Thanksgiving Day food ingredients that would a fun addition to a pizza!
Links to the products I used in this recipe:
- Pizza crust, store-bought or homemade (I used a whole wheat pizza crust)
- 1 c. BBQ sauce (For this pizza I used Stubbs Original, but I’m always trying new BBQ sauces, so use your favorite!)
- 1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 turkey breast, cooked and shredded
- 1 c. stuffing (I used Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned stuffing)
- 1 tbsp. dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp. crumbled goat cheese
- Preheat your oven to the temperature indicated on your pizza crust, and adhere to any directions.
- Spread your BBQ sauce base on your pizza, then sprinkle your mozzarella cheese around evenly.
- Carefully spread your stuffing around, followed by your shredded turkey breast.
- Finish the pizza by creating pouches of goat cheese around the pizza, then sprinkling the dried cranberries on top.
- Cook for the time designated in the directions on your pizza crust package, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown. Be careful not to overcook and dry out the turkey breast. Serve and enjoy!
*Nutrition was calculated using the brands of ingredients indicated on the ingredients list above