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Thanksgiving in a Calzone

It's the day after Thanksgiving and there's a heap of leftovers no one knows what to do with. The good thing is Thanksgiving leftovers can be just as delicious as the main event. Here’s a great way to use them up and feed a crew in a more-than-a-sandwich kind of way.


  • Prepared pizza dough (homemade or store bought)
  • Flour, for rolling
  • Polenta or cornmeal, for dusting

Leftovers (Possibilities)

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Sliced turkey
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Plus, smoked Fontina cheese, grated
  • Egg wash - 1 egg lightly beaten with 1 tbsp. water (optional)


  • Pizza stone
  • Wooden pizza peel/metal pizza peel (optional)


Preheat grill for indirect heat using a pizza stone (no heat under the stone). Stabilize the temperature around 350°F.

Roll dough out to a 12-in. diameter on a lightly floured surface. Dust a wooden pizza peel or a rimless cookie sheet with the polenta and transfer dough to the peel.

Spread a thin layer of mashed potatoes over half of the dough leaving a 1-in. border along the edge.

Top with slices of turkey, spoon over some gravy, then add a thin layer of stuffing (or sweet potatoes), and a few dollops of cranberry sauce. Don't let the layers get too thick.

It's recommended to top it all with some grated smoked Fontina, but any kind of cheese will work here.

Fold it over, crimp and fold the edges, and then lightly brush with egg wash.

Transfer to pizza stone and close the grill cover. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pizza stone with a metal pizza peel or a rimless cookie sheet. Cut into serving portions and serve.

NOTE ON FOOD SAFETY: leftovers need to be reheated to 165°F in order to make sure any bacteria is killed. Use an instant read thermometer, (poke a hole with the thermometer on the backside) to be safe.

Recipe from Bull Outdoor Products.

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