Over the years I think I have come to love the leftovers from Thanksgiving more than the actual meal itself. It has become my family's tradition to decorate our Christmas Tree the day after Thanksgiving. For the past 7 years my brother and husband would carry in the tree & the memories of everyone gathering in my home, with Christmas music or movies playing, while we snack on leftovers & have food simmering in the kitchen is one of my favorites.
Since my bother and I like to experiment in the kitchen we have created some pretty crazy dishes with our leftovers. I had almost forgot my herbed dressing waffle that I made on ABC30 3 years ago. I was pregnant when we shot that segment for Live TV and I can still remember the smell of the rosemary like it was yesterday. Unfortunately, for me, and the photographer, most food made me sick at the time. In fact, I embarrassingly threw up in front of the photographer the morning we shot this segment. A friend of mine reminded me of this recipe as he told me it is a family favorite that he recreates every year. Check out the video below for the how to as well as a blast from the past.
That same year I also made Leftover Nachos... if you look closely you can definitely see my baby bump. I always tried to strategically hide it behind a prop or platter. You can also see how far I have come in my TV presence.
This year I think I'm making my favorite recipe yet... leftover Pizza pie. What is there not to like? It's a perfect combination of all the classics all baked on top of a puff pastry, sliced and enjoyed just like a slice of pizza.
There are some things I think must be made from scratch but a puff pastry is not one of them. So make sure to pick up a package from the market. It will be in the frozen food aisle and I am going to recommend Trader Joe's Puff Pastry because it is 1 big sheet that comes rolled up and is very easy to work with. I prefer it over the Pepperidge Farms package I have been using for years. Make sure to let it thaw at room temperature for at least 45 minutes. You can also place it in the fridge the night before.
Now it's time to layer in the leftovers. For the segment I used mashed potatoes followed by gravy. You can also use sweet potatoes here. Next layer on the veggies. If you have green beans and corn, go for it. Throw them in. Of course you should add on the stuffing and shredded turkey with more gravy. Then top with shredded cheese and french fried onions and bake. You can't really go wrong and it is very delicious.
Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza
1 package Puff Pastry
Your Leftovers, including:
Veggies- brussel sprouts, green beans, corn
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/2 cup French fried onions
Let puff pastry thaw on a floured surface for at least 45 minutes at room temperature.
Using a tart pan or pie dish, mold pastry into the bottom & cut edges. Patch any holes necessary.
Next add in leftovers in layers. 1st spread on mashed potatoes and gravy, make sure to leave 1 inch gap around the edge so the pastry can puff up. Next, layer in the veggies.
Top with stuffing. Add on shredded turkey and drizzle on more gravy.
Sprinkle with cheese & bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
Layer on french fried onions and bake for additional 3-5minutes.