Crispy Leftover Turkey Alfredo Pizza
So I’m sure you’ve already read all of the leftover turkey dish recipes posted all over the web. But there’s no way you’ve heard of this one!
So I’m sitting here at the computer day in and day out writing articles and watching Christmas movies, simultaneously decorating for Christmas and addressing Christmas cards during the commercials, and I realize just how many pizza commercials there are during the holidays. Lol
Every night since we got back home from visiting family over Thanksgiving, we’ve tried to come up with great Thanksgiving leftover recipes so we can continue enjoying our leftover turkey for as long as possible.
Yes, we traveled to visit family for the holidays and didn’t actually have turkey here at our house, but that was easily remedied upon arriving back home. Just because we didn’t have Thanksgiving here doesn’t mean that we don’t deserve leftover Thanksgiving dishes, does it?
So every night we end up talking about pizza. But ordering out just doesn’t make sense when we have food here we can be enjoying, and save ourselves a little money at just the time of year when we need it the most. Stamps and gifts are expensive!
So last night we decided that we would yet again make our own pizza. However, instead of having our traditional half and half Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza and veggie pizza on our Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza Crust, we decided to take advantage of our leftover turkey and make something unique.
These great pizza can be grilled on the outdoor bbq grill or baked in the oven. But seeing as how it’s been in the 10s and 20s outside lately, in the oven sounds wonderful for staying warm inside and even warming up the house a bit with the oven.
Once again, taking into account what we learned with our Delicious Leftover Turkey Enchiladas, lighter flavors and shredded turkey work best for bringing out the unique flavors of your turkey meat.
So why not go with tried and true classic flavors to really make your turkey stand out? Creamy alfredo sauce, Swiss cheese, and spinach are the perfect palette for this delicious leftover turkey pizza recipe.
And boy was it amazing!!
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 (2 1/4 teaspoon) package rapid rise or instant yeast
- 2 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup real butter
- 8oz cream cheese
- 3 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 cup organic whole milk
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1-2 cups leftover turkey meat, shredded
- 1 cup Swiss or mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup fresh spinach, shredded
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F and line a pizza pan with some parchment paper (I use mine for everything).
- Making your own pizza dough from home is super easy. Start by mixing your yeast, water and sugar together, and letting it sit for 5 minutes while you mix all other dough ingredients. The food processor is really handy for this.
- Then mix in your yeast water and knead to combine. Split in two and roll out evenly to the size of your pan.
- I highly recommend that you cook it for at least 6 minutes or so ahead of time. This ensures that your crust is firm enough to hold up to all of the wonderful cheeses and toppings you will put on it, and also makes sure that the center of your crust gets fully cooked in the process and isn’t still mushy once your pizza is done.
- While that quickly cooks, let's make your Alfredo sauce! Start by melting your cream cheese and butter in a small pot on the stove, over medium heat.
- Slowly add in all other ingredients and whisk until combined. Take off the heat to thicken.
- Once your pizza dough has cooked and is cooled, spread your Alfredo sauce thickly over the entire pizza crust.
- Next shred large pieces of your turkey breast into small pieces. You will want to shred approximately 1-2 cups of meat altogether.
- Sprinkle this evenly over your entire pizza.
- Next, shred your spinach into small pieces, or you could gather it up in bunches and julienne your spinach, which simply means to cut it into long thin slices.
- Spread this evenly over your Alfredo sauce and turkey.
- Now cover your delectable creation with 1 cup of Swiss cheese.
- Pop your pizza in the oven and cook for about 12 minutes, when the cheese on top has melted and the crust is golden brown and crispy.
- Finally, when your pizza is done, top it with your Parmesan cheese. I can’t usually stop with just 2 tablespoons, but I’m kind of a cheese-aholic.
|Serving size: 1 slice of pizza|
|Calories from Fat||90|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 10 g||15%|
|Saturated fat 5 g||25%|
|Unsaturated fat 5 g|
|Carbohydrates 36 g||12%|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 19 g||38%|
|Cholesterol 39 mg||13%|
|Sodium 837 mg||35%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
So you’re not exactly a spinach kind of person, or you want a little more on your pizza. Not a problem!
Toss some sliced mushrooms and green peppers on your pizza for a little more flavor and a lot more crunch. These lightly flavored vegetables will provide a delicious complement to your turkey pizza.
Not one for all of the crazy veggies, try just using a nicely sliced or diced white onion. The flavor is still light, but will give your pizza that traditional pizza taste without all of the crazy vegetables.
My husband is not a veggie person at all (you could pile them all on for me), but for him some nice onions add just the perfect flavoring to give this pizza exactly what it needed without being completely bare.
Need a gluten-free option? Try my Delicious Gluten-Free Pizza Crust. Every else is already gluten-free for you!
If you’re worried, just make sure that all of the ingredients you are purchasing fall into the gluten-free family of ingredients, and are made in a gluten-free environment.
But don’t let your leftover turkey adventures stop here! Try my Incredible Leftover Turkey Chili, Delicious Leftover Turkey Enchiladas, Scrumptious Leftover Turkey Meatballs, Best Ever Leftover Turkey Pot Pie, and Juicy Leftover Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf.
Enjoy and let me know how it turns out for you!
© 2013 Victoria Van Ness