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Cranberry BBQ Turkey Pizza. Thanksgiving leftovers never looked so good.

I don’t know about you but every time I host Thanksgiving dinner I always end up with a boat load of leftovers. I just don’t get it. I see my guests packing up 1, 2, sometimes even 3 to-go plates when they leave my home, yet and still I always seem to have almost half a turkey to find space for in my tiny fridge. Unfortunately for me, I am too greedy to waste perfectly good meat so I have to find ways to spruce up my Thanksgiving leftovers, otherwise I am left eating turkey and gravy seven days straight.

So I put on my thinking cap and decided to use my holiday leftovers in one of my cheat meals that way I couldn’t resist eating them. I happen to have an on again off again love affair with pizza. When I get a pie I can typically eat the whole thing in a two day period. Even with all the love I show pizza it only pays me back in love handles so we have to break up from time to time. In this case it totally makes sense to start dating again and a Thanksgiving leftover pizza just sounds ingenious to me.

So I scoured the fridge and found … yep you guessed it, TURKEYYYYYYYYYYYY, along with some cranberry sauce and some brussels sprouts to make this awesome Cranberry BBQ Turkey Pizza.

Alright, so I started by making a quick pizza dough. Most recipes require the dough rest overnight but y’all know “ain’t nobody got time for that” so I have a quick recipe that produces delicious pizza dough in an hour. I [heart] a good kitchen hack don’t you?

While my dough was getting its life together I made a cranberry bbq sauce using the cranberry sauce leftovers. If you don’t have cranberry sauce leftovers just combine 1 cup of fresh cranberries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/3 cup of water in a sauce pan and cook them down on medium heat for 7 minutes or until the cranberries pop. Then add in the rest of the bbq sauce ingredients per the recipe.

After the sauce was made I added some of it to my leftover turkey to get it nice and saturated.

I also used the cranberry bbq sauce as a base for all the other ingredients spreading it across my pizza dough but making sure to leave a perimeter for the crust.

Then I must admit I went a little hog wild adding toppings. I had already planned on using the turkey, cranberry sauce, and fresh mozzarella but something told me to go back to the fridge for more. I found brussels sprouts and jalapenos, SCORE!

I just took the leaves of the brussels sprouts and quickly sautéed them in olive oil and placed them under the broiler to get a light char. I used my Circulon Ultimum pan because it allowed me to seamlessly move between stove top and the oven like a pro. If you decide to do this step just make sure that you have pans like these that offer versatility between heating methods. [FYI you can have these too, skip to the giveaway I am having below for a full set of Circulon Ultimum Cookware]

My pizza was evenly cooked throughout with bit of crunch to the crust, just the way I like it. After one bite I basically forgot that I was have leftovers.

Even though I feel super accomplished coming up with this recipe I must admit that the real super hero has my Circulon Ultimum cookware. I was super impressed by its quality and versatility as well as how evenly everything cooks. Be sure to follow them [ Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest] to stay up on company news and awesome giveaways like the one I’m doing below.


  • 1 cup of shredded leftover turkey meat
  • 8 oz. of fresh mozzarella roughly chopped
  • 1 cup fresh brussels sprout leaves
  • ½ large red onion sliced
  • 1 jalapeno sliced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • kosher salt
Cranberry BBQ Sauce
  • 1 cup of leftover cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons worchestire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • pinch of celery seed
  • salt and pepper as needed


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Cranberry BBQ Turkey Pizza


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