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Leftover Turkey Pizza – Easy Dinner

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This easy to make turkey pizza is an easy dinner you can have on the table in about 30 minutes. Skip take out tonight and create your own gourmet pizza. Leftover turkey makes it easy to make a mouthwatering yet simple dinner. The turkey (or chicken) is combined with bacon, spinach, peppers, onion and cheese on pre-made pizza dough.

easy homemade turkey pizza with spinach and bell peppers

Homemade pizza is one of my family’s favorites for a quick and easy dinners. We enjoy making and eating varieties like Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza or Pulled Pork Pizza for an interesting and different dinner.

Sure, we could order take out pizza, which is also easy. But we live in fairly rural community and the pizza choices are underwhelming.

turkey pizza with spinach and peppers on a pizza peel

Plus paying for each topping we want to add gets expensive fast. Homemade pizza is easy, affordable and a great way to use up leftovers.

Time Saving Tips

The biggest time saver for me is to use premade pizza dough. Pizza dough isn’t difficult to make, but it does take time. I keep a few packages of premade pizza dough in the freezer or refrigerator, so I can have pizza done in less than 30 minutes.

Leftover Turkey

The key topping on this pizza is leftover turkey. Turkey is a great meat to use for other meals, because it has a nice mild flavor and combines well with lots of ingredients.

Additionally roasting a turkey or even just a turkey breast leads to a lot of leftovers! Turkeys are big and whether you are making it for Thanksgiving dinner or just for a Sunday meal .

I just shredded the leftover turkey breast by hand before putting it on the pizza. You could also use chicken for this pizza if you prefer, or even use turkey deli meat.

closeup of turkey pizza showing spinach and orange pepperes

Pizza Sauce

I wanted to make this pizza with a non-tomato based sauce. Ideally I would have used a jar of Alfredo sauce. However when I started to make this I realized that I was all out of Alfredo sauce.

But dinner still needed to get made, so instead I used half a can of cream of mushroom soup. It isn’t a traditional pizza sauce, but it was what I had in the pantry!

spreading cream of mushroom soup on a pizza for sauce

It actually added a nice hint of mushroom flavor to the pizza. You could also use Ranch dressing or some other white sauce that you have.

Pizza Toppings

Bacon and turkey go very well together, so I made some crispy air fryer bacon to put on top of the pizza. One of the great things about bacon is that just a little bit adds a lot of flavor.

ingredients for homemade turkey pizza

To top off the pizza I used orange peppers, spinach and onion. These vegetables add some nice variety in terms of flavor, texture and color.

And of course pizza has to be finished off with cheese. I used a mixture of Italian cheeses including Parmesan, Romano and Mozzarella.

All these toppings can be varied based on what is in your refrigerator. When it comes to homemade pizza improvisation is encouraged!

How to Make Turkey Pizza

1. Prepare the Crust

It is very, very important to preheat the oven to 500 F when you are making pizza! So do that before you even start anything else. Then stretch out the pizza dough to fit your pizza pan.

My family and I like our pizza crust crispy, and I find the best way to ensure that it is crispy is to bake the crust for a few minutes before adding the toppings. So I bake the stretched out crust for 6 minutes, and then take it out of the oven to add the toppings.

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2. Add the Toppings

While the crust is baking saute the spinach in a small skillet for 2-3 minutes. This makes it wilt and gives it a better consistency on the final pizza.

Once the pizza crust has baked for 6 minutes take it out of the oven. Use a spoon to spread whatever you are using for pizza sauce all over the crust. It doesn’t take much sauce to cover a pizza, only about 4 ounces for a 16 inch pizza.

adding toppings to a turkey pizza

Add the sliced onions, peppers and sauteed spinach. Then crumble up the bacon and scatter the bacon and the shredded turkey all over.

Finally sprinkle the cheese over the top of the pizza. Then put it back in the oven to cook for another 12 minutes.

3. Slice and Serve

Once the pizza is cooked let it rest for about five minutes before slicing it and serving.

turkey pizza from the top cut into slices

Reheating

Some people like cold leftover pizza, but I am not a fan! Like most pizza this will reheat well in the oven. Stick it in at 350 F for about 10 minutes to melt the cheese and heat up all the toppings.

Better than Takeout Pizza

This crispy pizza has a nice crispy crust with mouthwatering flavor. It is a delicious and easy weeknight dinner that the entire family will enjoy. If you are looking for a creative way to use up leftovers pizza is a great choice!

slice of homemade turkey pizza

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Yield: 4

Leftover Turkey Pizza

turkey pizza with spinach and peppers on a pizza peel

Skip take out tonight and create your own gourmet pizza. Leftover turkey makes it easy to make a mouthwatering yet simple dinner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 refrigerator pizza crust
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 4 ounces of white sauce (Alfredo sauce or cream of mushroom soup)
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover cooked turkey
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup mixed Italian cheese (Parmesan, Romano & Mozzarella)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 F.
  2. Stretch the pizza dough out on a 16 inch pizza pan.
  3. Once the oven is preheated put the untopped crust in the oven and cook for 6 minutes.
  4. While the pizza crust bakes heat a small skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and add the spinach. Cook, stirring for about 2-3 minutes, until the spinach wilts.
  5. After 6 minutes take the pizza crust out of the oven. Spread it with the pizza sauce.
  6. Then top the sauce off with the shredded turkey, crumbled bacon, bell peppers and onion.
  7. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  8. Return the pizza pan to the oven and bake for 12 more minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown.
  9. Let rest 5 minutes before cutting.

Notes

This is also delicious with chicken.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 764Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 1235mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 42g

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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This easy to make turkey pizza is an easy dinner you can have on the table in about 30 minutes. Skip take out tonight and create your own gourmet pizza. Leftover turkey makes it easy to make a mouthwatering yet simple dinner. The turkey (or chicken) is combined with bacon, spinach, peppers, onion and cheese on pre-made pizza dough.
By on April 21st, 2020

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