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Thanksgiving Leftover Pizza

Unpopular opinion, but growing up I really disliked Thanksgiving food. Turkey is overrated, and I don't love mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie. Eventually, I learned how to cook things properly and the foods started growing on me. But in memory of the days when I avoided Thanksgiving foods, I made a Thanksgiving pizza that will make any Thanksgiving hater happy.

This pizza has all the best parts of Thanksgiving - cranberry sauce, caramelized Brussels, and then, of course, the turkey. So put it on a pizza, and you got yourself the best vehicle to eat your Thanksgiving foods.

This is meant to be made with your Thanksgiving leftovers, but you can also make it from scratch.

Serves: 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 8 oz pizza dough

  • 1 tbsp cranberry sauce

  • 4 oz turkey, sliced thinly

  • 6 Brussels sprouts, shredded or cut into 1/8ths

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (or 2 tbsp minced garlic)

  • 2 oz brie (or as much as your heart desires)


  1. Start by washing your Brussels, then removing the stem and then chopping them into even-sized small pieces. I chopped them into 8ths, so they were practically shredded. I do this because it's easier to caramelize and goes well as a pizza topping.

  2. On an oiled skillet over medium-high heat, add your Brussels sprouts with 2 tbsp maple syrup and let it caramelize for around 5 minutes, stirring often. Turn down the heat to medium and add 1 tbsp of garlic. Keep stirring until the Brussels have turned a dark green. Roughly 5 more minutes.

  3. If you're not using leftover turkey from thanksgiving dinner, then make your turkey by pan-frying a turkey breast with 1 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tbsp garlic. Let it cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked. Make sure to not overcook it because it will continue cooking in the oven.

  4. Next, assemble your pizza! Roll out your pizza dough on a floured surface, then spread cranberry sauce across the pizza, except for a 1-inch border that you'll leave clean for the crust. Add your brie, then layer on your Brussels and turkey slices. Optional - brush a little bit of olive oil. on the crust so that it turns golden in the oven.

  5. I baked the pizza in the Ninja Foodi air fryer (it has a pizza mode which gives it the perfect crust), but you can also do this on the grill or in the oven. Cook the pizza for 7 minutes at 500º. We put the pizza in on parchment paper and then removed it after 4 minutes so that it wouldn't burn.

  6. Enjoy!


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