Tuesday, November 30

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes: Roasted Butternut Squash, Turkey and Apple Pizza with Blue Cheese

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza or Butternut Squash, Turkey and Apple Pizza with Blue Cheese

I'm sure you've already had your fill of Thanksgiving leftovers sandwiches and soups, but have you had Thanksgiving leftovers pizza yet?

No, there's no cranberry sauce or brown gravy on it. That would be weird. But there is roasted butternut squash, leftover turkey, sauteed apples and blue cheese.

Since Jeff said we'll be making this again in December and January, I thought it would be good idea to have another name besides "Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza." So feel free to call it Roasted Butternut Squash, Turkey and Apple Pizza with Blue Cheese.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza or Roasted Butternut Squash, Turkey and Apple Pizza with Blue Cheese
Makes 8 slices
Printable recipe.

I used store bought basic white pizza dough for this recipe. But if you're looking to make your own, here are my recipes for basic white pizza dough and whole wheat pizza dough. If you've got leftover roasted squash from Thanksgiving, even better!

1 pound store bought pizza dough
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 small sweet onion, such as Vidalia, thinly sliced
1 medium firm, crisp apple, such as Fuji or Braeburn, with skins, cut into chunks
1 1/2 cups room temperature shredded cooked turkey, white and dark meat
1/2 cup shredded fontina cheese (or 4 ounces sliced cheese)
1/2 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
3 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal

1. Center an oven rack and preheat to 400 degrees F. Place butternut squash in a single layer on an aluminum-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Roast for 25-35 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven.

2. Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees F. Position an oven rack in the lower part of the oven and place the pizza stone on it.

3. Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Once they begin browning, lower the heat and cook until soft and browned all over, about 12-15 minutes. Add apples and cook for 3 minutes until just softened.

4. Roll out pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Brush with remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil. Top with fontina cheese, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Spread turkey over the dough. Top with squash. Then top with caramelized onions and apples. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary. Season with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Slide pizza onto preheated pizza stone scattered with 1 tablespoon yellow cornmeal. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until both the top and bottom of the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1 teaspoon of rosemary before serving.

4. If you don't have a pizza stone, then preheat oven to 450 F. Place rolled out dough a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until both the top and bottom of the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

You might also like these pizza recipes:
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza recipe from Food Blogga
Fennel Sausage and Rapini Pizza recipe from Food Blogga
Butternut Squash and Red Onion Pizza recipe from Culinary in the Desert
Pear, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese Pizza recipe from Cook Mobile


Anonymous said...

I have to remember this one for my leftovers next year. I especially like the combination with the blue cheese. Wonderful!

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

words cannot describe how much i love pizza and Thanksgiving dinner...combine the two and i might spontaneously combust. seriously.

Joanne said...

This sounds like it's totally worth roasting a HUGE turkey for. Just so that maybe you WILL have enough leftovers until December. Or April.

Unknown said...

Great recipe! I'm going to include in my weekly "favorites" on my blog!

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Sean Grey Hanson said...

What I love about leftover pizzas is that it's very crispy when you microwave it. :D Perfect breakfast all the time!

anonymous said...

OMG such a great idea. I LVOE IT

We Are Not Martha said...

I totally wish I had more Thanksgiving leftovers because this looks awesome! I might have to make another turkey just for this :)


Dani Spies said...

That looks and sounds delicious! Sadly, I'm out of turkey (finally) but this may just be worth cooking up some more!

Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie said...

I could actually DO this. I still have some turkey, some crumbled bleu cheese and some apples. Don't have the squash but I could do a little redskin potatoes - with a little minced rosemary - that would be amazing. Thanks for the inspiration. *smile*

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! I love the idea of adding blue cheese and apples. I wouldn't have thought of it, but I'm definately going to try it! Thanks for the creative recipe!

Homemade Heaven said...

We didn't have Thanksgiving in South Africa, but this is tempting enough for me to start a new holiday here!