Leftover Turkey Recipes

November 26, 2011 by staff 

Leftover Turkey Recipes, Need a new idea for how to use your holiday food surplus? We’ve got just the solution: a holiday stromboli that’s fun for kids to make. First, prepare our delicious dough. Next, top it with all your extra Thanksgiving fixings. We used a basic turkey and cranberry filling, but you can get creative and improvise. Finally, roll it up, bake it and — voila! Leftovers never tasted so good.

If you don’t have time to make dough from scratch, you can use 1 pound of store-bought pizza dough instead.

Turkey Stromboli
Hands-on time: 30 minutes / total time: 2 hours 25 minutes (includes rising) / serves: 8


For the dough:

1 cup warm water (105 degrees to 115 degrees Fahrenheit)
1 teaspoon sugar
¼-ounce packet active dry yeast
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
For the filling:

¾ cup cranberry sauce
1 generous cup thinly sliced or shredded cooked turkey
1 cup stuffing
Egg wash of 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Step 1. First make the dough. Pour the water into a large bowl and stir in the sugar until it’s dissolved. Sprinkle the yeast over the mixture, stir it briefly, then set it aside until foamy, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add 1½ cups of the flour, as well as the salt and the oil, and beat the mixture with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Gradually add the remaining flour, ¼ cup at a time, until the mixture begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl and you can form it into a ball of dough that’s firm enough to knead.

Step 2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead it until it’s smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. If needed, add more flour to keep the dough from sticking to your work surface. Transfer the dough to a large, oiled bowl and turn it until it’s coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a warm spot until the dough has doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Step 3. Heat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper and set it aside. Punch down the dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll it out into a 10- by 14-inch rectangle. Spread the cranberry sauce over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Layer on the turkey and scatter the stuffing on top.

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