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Monday, November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving Pizza Recipe

My friend Megs and I were so obsessed with trying the infamous Thanksgiving Pizza from Capri Pizza in Holyoke, Massachusetts that one night we tried to figure out the cheapest way for the two of us to meet in Massachusetts from our homes in Washington D.C and Seattle. We decided that it was crazy to fly somewhere just for a pizza but we couldn't give up the idea of Thanksgiving Pie. THANKSGIVING. PIE.

So, when L and I hosted a Friendsgiving here in Seattle and Megs joined us, after dinner we looked at all the leftovers and thought "Why don't we try making Thanksgiving Pie?" We didn't have a recipe to go by so we winged it. When the moment came to bite into the long awaited Thanksgiving Pizza, it was. . . better than we could have even imagined. (Yes, it looks a little off-putting at first, but it was so delicious and an outstanding way to enjoy Thanksgiving food a second day.)

One of the keys to making a perfect pie is to have a high heat oven. L and I cook pizza often so we use the Pizzacraft Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven (Amazon, $59.99) which can reach up to 600 degrees and cooks a restaurant style pizza in eight minutes. If you don't have a stovetop oven, set your oven to 450 and preheat a pizza stone. If you don't have a pizza stone,  use a sheet pan. If you plan on using a stovetop pizza oven or a pizza stone, you'll need a pizza peel. I like this one that folds and fits the Pronto Pizza Oven perfectly. If you're using a sheet pan, you don't need a pizza peel.

Having family and friends over for a holiday party? This is the perfect comfort food. Followed by a game of Scrabble, you and your favorite people will feel very happy, cozy and relaxed.


One pizza dough ball divided in two (I like Trader Joe's  pizza dough ball)

1 1/2 cups of warm cooked mashed potatoes (No leftovers? I like Trader Joe's frozen mashed potatoes)

1 cup of warm cooked stuffing (No leftovers? I like Stove Top)

1 cup of warm shredded turkey (No leftovers? Pick up some turkey breast in the deli. Buy a half  pound slice and shred it yourself)

1/2 cup of hot gravy (No leftovers? I like Heinz Homestyle Roasted Turkey Gravy)

1/4 cup of cool cranberry sauce (Not leftovers? I like Ocean Spray Whole Cranberry Sauce)

Flour for rolling out dough

Fine cornmeal for dusting pizza peel


Preheat oven according to your method of cooking. (Using a stovetop pizza oven, pizza stone or sheet pan)

Warm the mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey and gravy. Set aside. Remove cranberry sauce from refrigerator. 

Set one dough ball aside. Stretch the other dough ball out to fit your pizza stone or sheet pan. 

Dust pizza peel or sheet pan with cornmeal. Slide the pizza dough into stovetop oven, on your hot pizza stone or onto your sheet pan and bake for 4 minutes. 

Remove from oven with pizza peel (if using a sheet pan, use oven mitts and place on heat safe surface).

Spread mashed potatoes onto dough evenly. 

Dollop stuffing evenly around pie. 

Spread shredded turkey onto top of mashed potatoes and stuffing. 

Return to oven for 4 to 5 minutes depending on your cooking method. 

Carefully remove from oven, drizzle with hot turkey gravy then top with spoonfuls of cool cranberry sauce.  (Use cold cranberry sauce, not room temperature canned sauce. There is something about the  hot pie and cold cranberry sauce that creates a masterpiece in your mouth.)

Either freeze or use the extra dough ball for another pizza. 


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