Every year, the approach of Thanksgiving brings happy anticipation of the most wonderful of holiday foods: sweet cranberry sauce, savory stuffing, delectable pumpkin (or sweet potato, or pecan) pie, and more. Tragically, the day itself comes and goes too quickly, and even a few days of leftovers don’t seem to be enough to do justice to the perfect harmony of Thanksgiving dinner.
What if there was a way to prolong the enjoyment of Thanksgiving dinner foods during the weeks approaching and following that 4th-Thursday-of-November? A way that gave the best flavors a new form? A way that swapped out the word ‘pizza’ for ‘Thanksgiving’ in the Bagel Bites jingle, and then swapped the word ‘pizza’ right back in for ‘bagel’?
Yes, the socially acceptable and delicious way to enjoy this holiday throughout the month (or year!) is by using pizza dough as a vehicle for your favorite Thanksgiving food elements! Try these six pizza versions of Thanksgiving and savor the essence of the holiday in slice form.
This first recipe is sort of a twofer, because it also includes a recipe for the cranberry bbq sauce it uses as a pizza sauce base. The Thanksgiving foods highlighted in this pizza are turkey, cranberries, and brussel sprouts, and they come together beautifully with the addition of red onion and white cheddar. Use leftover turkey, or covertly roast a turkey prior to Thanksgiving to have the cooked meat needed for this and other pizza versions of Thanksgiving. Get the recipe.
If your best-loved Thanksgiving dishes are the squash and the cranberry sauce, then you’ll want to try this recipe which is also vegan and can be made gluten-free with its accompanying recipe for an almond flour pizza crust. This pizza uses a butternut squash sauce base to support kale, slivered almonds, and a cranberry orange drizzle. Get the recipe.
For many, sweet potatoes are an integral part of Thanksgiving dinner. This pizza features sliced sweet potatoes alongside caramelized yellow onions, fontina cheese, and arugula. Sweet, savory, and lacto-vegetarian, this is a pizza you can make for dinner, serve at girls’ night, or pack for next day’s work lunch. Get the recipe.
Arugula and onions also find their way over to this pizza, which celebrates yet another orange dish of Thanksgiving. This time, it’s canned pumpkin which creates an astonishingly delicious pizza with the help of havarti (one of my favorite cheeses!). It’s a pumpkin pie of a different persuasion! Get the recipe.
For those whose Thanksgiving darlings are the literal meat-and-potatoes of the holiday meal, this is the pizza that will enable you to relive that dinner over-and-over again. Once you prepare the homemade dough recipe, you are just spreading mashed potatoes in place of a sauce base, adding stuffing and turkey, and topping with mozzarella and cheddar cheese. And for the pièce de résistance: Serve with a drizzle of gravy! Get the recipe.
Simply named, this last recipe is more of a versatile guide for getting your leftovers onto a pizza crust than it is a rigid recipe. It suggests using store-bought dough and spreading first gravy and then mashed potatoes to create a base for your other leftovers. Then, add stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce (anything you want!) and top with brie. It’s a catch-all recipe for any Thanksgiving-like foods you are able to supply, whether you have leftovers or want to prep a few dishes for the sole purpose of enjoying Thanksgiving in pizza form (I won’t judge!). Get the recipe.
So toss some pizza dough and grab your favorite Thanksgiving dishes, and get going on these pizzas. Remember: when Thanksgiving’s on a pizza, you can eat Thanksgiving anytime!
For more Thanksgiving tips, hacks, and recipes, check out our Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide.