Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza

A fun recipe for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Homemade pizza crust topped off with mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing and much more!

Leftover Thanksgiving pizza recipe from @bakedbyrachel

My favorite part about Thanksgiving, besides the obvious… (pie!) is the leftovers. So clearly I did the reasonable thing and made turkey and fixings early, for the sole purpose of having some delicious day after recipes.

I love turkey sandwiches and cold turkey straight from the fridge as much as everyone else, but those sandwiches and random pickings can get old and boring real fast. Right?

My mom always made soup with the leftovers. A classic that I’m sure most people stick to year after year, but why not shake things up a bit.

Leftover Thanksgiving pizza recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Seeing as the day after Thanksgiving is a Friday and Friday is pizza night…

Leftover Thanksgiving turkey pizza… and fixings!

Yep. This pizza is packed with all the essentials.

Homemade pizza dough topped off with a layer of creamy mashed potatoes, followed by stuffing crumbles and shredded turkey… lots of cheese and the finishing touch… a drizzle of turkey gravy.

This pizza is an absolute MUST MAKE.

My family couldn’t get enough and I’m sure yours will feel the same!

Leftover Thanksgiving pizza recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza

A fun recipe for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Homemade pizza crust topped off with mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing and much more!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dinner, Pizza
Servings: 6 plus



  • 3/4 C water
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tsp olive oil


  • 2 C mashed potatoes
  • 1 C stuffing
  • 1 1/2 C turkey shredded
  • 1 C whole milk mozzarella shredded
  • 1 C mild cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/4 C gravy room temperature


  • Heat water to 115°F. Dissolve yeast and honey in warm water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to proof.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, with dough hook attachment, add flour and salt. Turn mixer on low, slowly add yeast mixture. Increase mixer speed. Add olive oil when dough is just beginning to pull together. Transfer to a large greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm location until doubled in size, roughly 60-90 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 500°F.
  • Grease two 9-inch round cake pans, or a large baking sheet. Stretch and shape dough to the cake pan, rising just slightly up the edge of the pan.
  • Microwave mashed potatoes to soften. Divide potatoes in half. Add by the spoonful to prepared dough. Gently spread out into an even layer, being careful not to rip the dough. Add stuffing crumbles and shredded turkey to the mashed potatoes. Top off with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with ground black pepper, if desired.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until desired crispness is reached and edges are golden.
  • Slice and serve warm with optional gravy drizzle.
  • Best reheated in the oven at 425°F for 6-8 minutes.


Recipe serves roughly 6-12, yields 2: 9-inch pizzas.
*Pizza can be made in 9-inch cake pans or as desired.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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40 Responses to “Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pizza”

  1. #
    LauraLaura — November 17, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Absolutely brilliant idea. I’d like to try this out at Christmas when we are wondering what to do with all the cooked meats. I wonder if I could get my mum to eat pizza this way because she doesn’t like tomatoes so won’t eat pizza.

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      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks so much Laura. I hope your mom enjoys it! BTW I have a handful of other pizza recipes that don’t require tomatoes or tomato sauce, I think they’d be great for her! I’m not a tomato fan either so I’m always trying out new pizza ideas. :)

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    Tori@Gringalicious.com — November 17, 2014 at 6:44 am

    This is a great idea! My family loves homemade pizza. For real, we eat it like once a week. This will be perfect for using up all the leftovers from next week! Pinned!

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      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Same here! Love pizza night :)

  3. #
    Suné Moolman — November 17, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Now that’s what I’m talking about!
    Oh that cheese! YUM!

    • #
      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Haha! Thanks so much :)

  4. #
    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — November 17, 2014 at 8:40 am

    This might be the most fun Thanksgiving leftover idea ever! My family would love this pizza!

    • #
      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks Anna! :)

  5. #
    Ashley | The Recipe Rebel — November 17, 2014 at 8:48 am

    What a GENIUS idea! I love Thanksgiving leftovers too – what a great way to use them!

    • #
      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks Ashley! :)

  6. #
    Jessica | Saucy Pear — November 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Confession: not a big fan of turkey (yes, even brined… I feel like they might revoke my US citizenship now), so whatever leftovers we do have, I’m always trying to use in distinctly non-typical-turkey ways. Turkey pizza for the win!

    • #
      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      This is the perfect way to enjoy it if you’re not a turkey dinner kind of girl :)

  7. #
    Erica+@+InandAroundTown — November 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Great idea! Sometimes after a big thanksgiving meal, you need to switch it up a bit with something unexpected!

    • #
      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Totally! The same thing can get so boring! :)

  8. #
    Michele {Delish Dishes From Michele} — November 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

    Are you kidding me with this?!?!?! PINNED! That looks and sounds amazing!

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      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks Michele!

  9. #
    Mary Jane — November 17, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Sounds great. Think I might had some cranberries on it as well.

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      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      I was *this* close to adding some craisins… but the Mr totally vetoed that one. Let me know if you try it with! :)

  10. #
    Lexi+@+Sempre+Dolce — November 17, 2014 at 11:12 am

    This looks so yummy – this might definitely be something to consider if we have enough leftovers!

    • #
      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      I hope you do! :)

  11. #
    Matt Robinson — November 17, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Such an awesome leftovers idea!!

    • #
      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Matt!

  12. #
    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — November 17, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I can’t wait for Thanksgiving leftovers, this pizza looks awesome!!

    • #
      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks so much Angelyn! :)

  13. #
    Marina — November 17, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I’m drooling looking at this! As if I wasn’t already excited enough about thanksgiving, now I get to add this awesomeness. Quick question, what exactly is white milk cheddar? I also have a bag of refeigerated pizza dough from Trader Joes, would this work instead of fresh from scratch?

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      Rachel — November 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Sorry about that, just a typo (milk = mild). I’m not familiar with their dough but you’re welcome to give it a try. I’m sure it would be just fine.

  14. #
    Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen — November 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Holy cow. This is like CARB HEAVEN. I’m so excited for leftovers now!

    • #
      Rachel — November 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Thanks Liz! :)

  15. #
    Amanda — November 18, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    This is such a creative recipe for using leftover turkey! I love this!!!

    • #
      Rachel — November 18, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks Amanda! :)

  16. #
    michael price — December 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Rachel
    I am British and live in the U.K.
    I have tried some of your recipes and in most cases they are delicious.
    Please please stop using cups and tell us the weight,I mean how can you get a cup of butter?
    All our ovens are in centigrade temperature, just another thing to have to calculate.and waste time!
    Keep sending the emails thank you

    • #
      Rachel — December 27, 2014 at 7:18 am

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the recipes. As for measurements, there are many free online calculators available that can help convert those for you.

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    Pete — December 6, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I did this last year but used cranberry sauce as well (instead of tomato sauce). Came out “OK”, seemed to be missing something. The missing ingredient? Gravy!! A little gravy drizzle and it was better than any leftover sandwich I’d ever had.

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      Rachel — December 7, 2015 at 7:25 am

      The recipe calls for a drizzle of gravy over the top. So, I’m glad you tried it that way this year and enjoyed it more! :) Thanks for sharing, Pete!

  18. #
    Linda — October 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Am I missing something? I don’t see tomato or pizza sauce in this recipe. Is this supposed to be put on the top of the dough before adding the rest?

    • #
      Rachel — October 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      This pizza only features leftovers from a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Tomato/pizza sauce is not used for this recipe.

  19. #
    Sandra Gaeckle — December 29, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Tried the recipe. Was a bit reluctant about adding mashed potatoes.

    So delicious! I’ve found a new tradition to utilize my leftovers.


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      Rachel — January 5, 2021 at 6:25 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing! :)

  20. #
    Jenn — November 28, 2022 at 8:32 am

    5 Stars. Awesome idea! I mixed the gravy and turkey together then put the cheese on top. I also added sliced onions. So Delicious!!

    • #
      Rachel — November 28, 2022 at 9:29 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Jenn!

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