For the last five or six years I've been making something special with the leftovers from our Thanksgiving meals... I call it Thanksgiving Day Pizza. Basically, I make a pan pizza dough recipe and instead of using my tomato pizza sauce, mozzarella and other Italian toppings, I use just about all the fixings from our Turkey Day dinner. I make this as a large pan pizza where I do a second rise of the dough in an olive oil coated round rimmed pan. The second rise in the pan helps make the crust thicker to help support the heavy toppings.
In place of a pizza sauce, I spread our home-made turkey gravy (and this time, gravy means the brown stuff, not Sunday Gravy) on top of the dough. The rest is easy... place dollops of my cheese potato casserole, stuffing and cranberries on top of the gravy, then spread shredded fontina cheese all across the top. The sliced bits of turkey get spread over the top of the cheese, along with a drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle some of your favorite spice on top and bake. (I used dried oregano). In my oven on top of a pizza steel, I baked this pizza for 22 minutes at 425F.
Ingredients for a robust, basic, deep dish pizza dough
Yeast mixture: (mix together until foamy, about 10 minutes)
1-3/4 cups water at 115F
1 heaping tablespoon dry active yeast
1 tablespoon honey
3 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
I'd recommend having either a Beaujolais Nouveau, a Stella Artois beer or some sparkling apple cider with this pizza.
If you have some Thanksgiving leftovers, try this pizza and leave a COMMENT to tell us how it came out. Ciao!
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