Now, what to do with all that leftover turkey and veggies from the Thanksgiving feast?
Turkey pizza comes to mind!
Well, that's a first. Thanksgiving leftovers have never before inspired me to make pizza. Soup, yes. Who Hash, yes. Hot turkey sandwiches, yes. Even à la King. But Pizza? Never. Until yesterday.
What was so special about yesterday? It was 22 degrees outside! Twenty two degrees doesn't happen too often in these parts, especially in October! So, I said, let's have a celebratory 'Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza' on the ol' Keg.
One of my goals with this pizza was to only use ingredients that were already in my kitchen; I didn't want to have to go to the store. And, more specifically, I wanted to use up a few of the leftovers in the freezer.
I have been trying to mend my wicked ways in the freezer department. I have a bad fashion of throwing small bits of leftover 'stuff' in the freezer unlabelled.
If I have a couple of spoons of tomato paste or gravy leftover I tend to freeze it so it can be used to add a bit of flavour to a sauce on another day. All good, except for the fact that they lack labels.
It does add a bit of excitement to my life when it comes time to use these items- a sort of bated-breath discovery of what each of the mystery packs contain when they are thawed. But I am feeling a little too old for freezer drama these days. So I have been making an effort to label 'stuff'.
As I rummaged around looking for some 'stuff' to put on a pizza, I found a container of leftover white pizza sauce! Ka-ching. And, hallelujah, it was actually labelled.
I also found some leftover, caramelized onions and, hallelujah yet again, it was also labelled! Two for two!
And then...there was that package of red stuff. Unlabelled. Groan. Clearly from my pre-'mending my wicked ways' days. It looked like it could have been roasted red pepper, or the afterbirth of an alien. Given that I am not in the habit of associating with aliens, let alone cooking their afterbirth, I suspected it was roasted red peppers and, phew, I was right.
Finally, I found one lonely piece of cheese cake. Hmmmm. I probably could have used it on the pizza, sparingly. But I thought it would be best used for breakfast with some of Jude's gooseberry jelly. Delish. Good decision.
I took my freezer goodies, along with some turkey and roasted veggies, and piled them on a crust. I threw on some feta and cheddar cheese, in addition to a couple of drools of balsamic reduction and headed off to the Q.
The cooking went well, despite the fact that it start to rain just before I put on the pizza. Not a problem for the Keg, but definitely a problem for the camera. I stayed in the shed and got a few shots looking out on the Q, but didn't get to do a thorough shoot until I got indoors.
All in all, I would highly recommend Leftover Thanksgiving Dinner pizza. The oven roasted veggies were the very best part of it all. Yet another good reason to roast root veggies.
I also highly recommend leftover cheesecake for breakfast. Just sayin'.
In addition, I recommend labelling leftovers, and will continue to try to do so. Sigh.
All photos were taken with my Canon 24-105mm Macro f/4 lens using natural light, 2 speedlights and a reflector.
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