foodie fridays: leftover thanksgiving pizza pull-apart bread

leftover thanksgiving pizza pull-apart bread


Growing up, eating leftovers was almost a bigger deal than the big turkey feast. I remember my brothers fighting over the last slice of canned cranberry.  Can someone please explain the infatuation with this jellied-quasi-bitter-sold-slinky-look-alike?  Maybe it’s a dude thing? I dunno.


My palate is pretty simple when it comes to leftovers – a slice of turkey on some buttery bread with a dollop of mayo and I’m a happy girl. If I feel like getting wild, a sunny-side up egg might make an appearance along with some bacon. But overall, I keep it simple. Why not? Leftovers is all about the ease. And ease should taste good.

But if you want to kick up your leftovers, I have the perfect solution.  Since it’s the holidays, why not commit to carbs? My stretchy pants and I won’t tell. I thought pizza would be a fun and easy way to incorporate leftovers, but not just any pizza, a pull-apart pizza, yo.

leftover thanksgiving pizza pull-apart bread

I’ve never made a pull-apart bread before and the thought of kneading dough the day after Thanksgiving sounded like a major no-no. So, the pizza ready to-go version felt like the right decision. The base of this pizza is a simple white sauce topped with turkey and your standard stuffing ingredients – carrot, onion, and celery.  Really you can you use whatever toppings you like, thus the beauty of a blank carb canvas.

So, make this pull-apart pizza and I will leave the choice of cranberry up to you!

leftover thanksgiving pizza pull-apart bread

Leftover Thanksgiving Pizza Pizza Pull-Apart Bread

Yield: Makes 1 loaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour


1 store bought pizza dough
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup turkey, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 carrot, diced
½ yellow onion, diced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup mozzarella, shredded
salt and pepper to taste

for the white sauce:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¾ cup whole milk
pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a large loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. You’ll want to place some parchment paper in the loaf pan that over hangs by two inches so it’s easier to pull out the bread.

Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat, add olive oil to the pan and then celery, carrot, onion, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute until softened and set aside. Take the dough and roll out into a 12 x 20 inch rectangle. Pour white sauce on top, followed by turkey, celery mixture, and mozzarella. Cut the rectangle into 5 equal sized strips. Put the strips on top of each other and cut into five or six stacks. Place stacks against each other in the loaf pan. Bake for 30 minutes and then pour butter over the top. Bake for another 30 minutes. Remove and cool before serving.

For the white sauce:
In a small saucepan, add butter. Once melted whisk in the flour. Let the flour cook out for a minute and then slowly add the whole milk whisking while adding. Bring to a slight simmer and reduce heat to medium low. Let the sauce thicken for about about five minutes. Add nutmeg, along with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until the sauce coats the back of a spoon.

adapted from Rachel Ray Magazine

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21 Responses to “foodie fridays: leftover thanksgiving pizza pull-apart bread”

  1. #
    Julia — November 29, 2013 at 14:50

    This is such a creative way of using leftover turkey!! I’m a big fan of mixing it up when it comes to leftovers, and this bread looks fantastic! I’m ready to feast off my leftover Thanksgiving feast :) Hope you had a marvelous Thanksgiving!

    • Lauren replied: — November 29th, 2013 @ 16:05

      Thanks, Julia! Aren’t leftovers the best? Have a fun weekend!

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    Kathryn — November 29, 2013 at 15:37

    What a totally inspired use of leftovers!

    • Lauren replied: — November 29th, 2013 @ 16:05

      Thank you, friend! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — November 29, 2013 at 16:11

    Leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving! This bread is pure leftover perfection!! I’d love to sneak some cranberries and maybe some shredded sprouts in here.

    • Lauren replied: — November 30th, 2013 @ 03:52

      Me too! Love this!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — November 29, 2013 at 16:51

    Best use of leftovers ever!

    • Lauren replied: — November 30th, 2013 @ 03:51

      Thanks, Chung-Ah! I hope you are having a great weekend!

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    Mary — November 29, 2013 at 20:36

    My sister and I are both a little confused about the cutting and stacking.. How do you keep it all on the bread if you cut it after you put the sauce and topping on it? do you roll it up and then cut it?

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 29, 2013 at 22:46

    So much goodness in this!

    • Lauren replied: — November 30th, 2013 @ 03:49

      Thanks, Katrina!

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    Paula – bell’alimento — November 30, 2013 at 00:18

    What a great way to use up the leftovers from Thanksgiving! I shared this on FB!

    • Lauren replied: — November 30th, 2013 @ 03:49

      Thank you, Paula! I hope you are having a great weekend!

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    Tieghan — November 30, 2013 at 03:29

    Best leftover recipe of the day!! Lauren, this bread is epic and if I had any leftover left (the brothers ate it all after snowboarding today) I would SO make this!! Awesome!

    • Lauren replied: — November 30th, 2013 @ 03:50

      Thank you, Tieghan! I hope you had a good day on the slopes!

  9. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — November 30, 2013 at 05:31

    This looks so insane! I love the idea!

  10. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 1, 2013 at 03:55

    Love love love this idea!!

  11. #
    Joanne — December 1, 2013 at 13:10

    That looks pretty addictive. I feel like I’d spend my whole day just having “one more slice”!

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