It is done. The freaks have gone home. Card tables are folded up and thrown back in the hall closet until Christmas and the remnants of another Thanksgiving dinner are in Tupperware on the bottom shelf of the fridge.
Raiding the leftovers on Thanksgiving night is as traditional as the pilgrims feasting with Native Americans back in the early days. In the days following Thanksgiving, millions of Americans try and figure out what to do with the leftovers besides a turkey and mayo sandwich on white bread or cold stuffing washed down with stale root beer for breakfast.
Turkey soup? It’s been done to death. Turkey casserole? Sounds too much like reanimated tuna helper to me. Turkey tetrazzini? Too extravagant. How about Turkey a’ la Campagne? Say what?
Don’t sweat it. If you have any turkey leftovers, here is the miracle cure for a turkey overdose that is quick, easy and definitely a twist for Thanksgiving odds and ends. Chances are you have all the ingredients in the house already.
Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza
1 Lrg. Store-bought Pizza Shell
1Tsp. Olive Oyl
1/2 Tsp. Sugar
3/4 Cup Mashed Potatoes
1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
2 Tsps. Milk
1Cup Leftover Stuffing
1 Roasted Turkey Leftovers
1/4 Cup Chunky Cranberry Sauce
1/4 Cup Gravy
I know, you’re afraid of buying prefab pizza crust. Trust me, prefabs have come along way taste wise, so use one for this recipe. Tastes even better if you can find one that is already seasoned. Place it on a pan after dusting the pan with cornmeal.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the mashed potatoes with 1/4 cup cheese and the milk in a bowl; set aside. Roll tablespoonfuls of the stuffing into 1-inch balls to look like meatballs. Shred the turkey meat and julienne the skin.
Slide the crust back onto the peel. Spread the cheddar mashed potatoes over the crust, then top with the shredded turkey. Spoon the cranberry sauce over the pizza and drizzle with the gravy. Arrange the stuffing balls on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and the turkey skin.
Return the pizza to the oven and bake until golden brown, 8 to 10 more minutes.
There is still a weekend of some classic college football rivalry games and come Monday you can get back to work and focus on fighting crowds for some Christmas shopping.
Damn, I forgot to open the can of cranberry sauce again. Back in the cabinet it goes until next year.
Happy Cyber Monday everybody