Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza: Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese, Turkey

Marla Meridith

November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving leftovers whole wheat pizza by Marla Meridith

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza: Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese, Turkey on

Remember my Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter and Coconut recipe? Somewhere along the way that mash called out to be used on pizza. Sweet Potato Pizza. A unique, fabulous and fun way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers.

Go ahead and bookmark this for the day after & for Project Lunch Box….you can thank me later.

Creamy Coconut, Brown Butter Sweet Potatoes on #thanksgiving

Those are the sweet potatoes you will use. Or use your own.

Pizza is just an edible plate” I heard that on the Food Network and I fell in love. A truly genius statement spoken by Troy Johnson from the show Crave. He calls pizza “Edible Frisbees of Glee”


Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza: Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese, Turkey on

Please don’t forget the nuts. Never forget the nuts…

Pizza toppings can run the gamut from traditional Margherita (tomatoes, basil and cheese) to anything and everything your mind can think up. My mind dreams up all kinds of wild things like these here and my Chocolate Cherry Ricotta Grilled Pizzas.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza: Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese, Turkey on

That is why I experimented with creamy, delicately sweetened mashed sweet potatoes, tangy goat cheese and sweet dried black Mission figs.

I have to admit that Thanksgiving leftovers are my favorite part of the holiday. Sure I love sitting down to a big turkey day feast, but it is that special feeling of being able to reach into the refrigerator to grab food that is…

Well prepped and ready for action.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza: Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese, Turkey on

I feel like I am at a fancy delicatessen when all of that food is in our fridge. When I was growing up we would go to Ina Garton’s Barefoot Contessa in the Hampton’s and Dean and Deluca in NYC. I could see this recipe as the kind of food they would have there.

It was always delightful to look into the case of freshly prepared foods.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza: Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese, Turkey on

What are you going to do with those Thanksgiving and holiday leftovers?


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  • Cassie [Bake Your Day]
    Posted at 09:21h, 19 November

    These sound perfect! I would eat these as my Thanksgiving dinner, I adore goat cheese!

    • Marla
      Posted at 12:21h, 19 November

      Cassie, these would make a great Thanksgiving dinner. A handheld one!!

  • Rosa
    Posted at 09:48h, 19 November

    A great idea! They look so dainty and appetizing.



    • Marla
      Posted at 12:22h, 19 November

      Rosa, these would actually be great made even smaller for appetizers. As mini pizza bites….

  • Bev Weidner
    Posted at 10:05h, 19 November


    • Marla
      Posted at 12:23h, 19 November

      Bev, even your single word comments crack me up!!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    Posted at 13:03h, 19 November

    I love that you are already thinking of what to do with the leftovers. And that as a blogger, you’ve already blogged one whole meal for Thanksgiving and have already had to do with the that you have timely blog posts.

    Now, this week, you get to do it all again in real life 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 14:38h, 19 November

      Averie, not so sure I want to do it all again for reals…though it clearly looks like I will have to! I think and plan ahead to a fault. Must be the Virgo in me. Something you might know about? xxoo

  • Katrina
    Posted at 13:37h, 19 November

    Great way to use leftovers! Yum!

  • Sharyn Dimmick
    Posted at 14:15h, 19 November

    What a creative pizza. I would eat it.

  • Kim Bee
    Posted at 23:47h, 19 November

    This is stunning. I think you really knocked this one out of the park. I would love one of these right now. Let’s be honest, I’d probably eat 3 or 4!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:25h, 20 November

      Kim, it is pretty darn tricky to stick to just one 😉

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers
    Posted at 05:32h, 20 November

    I love the idea of using left overs for on top of pizza! I’ve uses butternut squash, but never thought of sweet potatoes and turkey, I would totally love that! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:25h, 20 November

      Jennier, now that I think of pizza as an “edible plate” anything goes. Really 😉

  • Connie / Marinating Online
    Posted at 05:52h, 20 November

    I love sweet potatoes and goat cheese. Gread idea.

  • Roxana GreenGirl {A little bit of everything}
    Posted at 06:48h, 20 November

    I’m still working on my Thanksgiving menu, but I’ll make sore I’ll have some leftover sweet potatoes. We love them and your mini pizzas sounds delish!

    • Marla
      Posted at 07:25h, 20 November

      Roxana…you gotta have those leftover mashed sweet potatoes! Great for snacks and now PIZZA 🙂 xxoo

  • Nutmeg Nanny
    Posted at 09:23h, 20 November

    You pretty much had me at goat cheese…yum!

  • Karriann Graf
    Posted at 09:36h, 20 November

    Great idea….we are always looking for ways to consume the rest of the leftover turkey. When I lived in CA I use to eat the figs by the dozens! They go great with goat cheese 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 17:00h, 20 November

      Karriann, goat cheese and figs are such a wonderful pairing. I wonder who figured that one out ages ago 🙂 The sweetness of the figs plays so well against the creamy, salty goat cheese. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Kathleen
    Posted at 16:39h, 20 November

    Your pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! 😀

    • Marla
      Posted at 16:57h, 20 November

      Thanks Kathleen! In all CAPS?! I’ll take that as a BIG compliment 😉

  • Bree
    Posted at 18:02h, 20 November

    These look amazing-both the pictures and the recipes!

  • Jeanette
    Posted at 18:43h, 20 November

    What a fun idea for using leftover turkey and sweet potatoes – who doesn’t love pizza! We make a layered casserole with all the leftovers. With some gravy on top, it’s like another Thanksgiving dinner. This year will be interesting since it’s our first gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving, but I think I have my menu pretty much set. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Marla
      Posted at 19:07h, 20 November

      Thanks Jeanette! This pizza is crazy tasty. Love your casserole idea too. You should post that. People are on the prowl for what to do with all of those Thanksgiving leftovers! Can’t wait to hear all about your gluten free & dairy free Turkey Day. I am sure it will be a huge hit! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday time together too. xxoo

  • Liren
    Posted at 19:23h, 20 November

    Marla, how inventive! I love the way you are using these leftovers 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  • Baking Serendipity
    Posted at 19:45h, 20 November

    Ah! I love this! You almost have me more excited for the leftovers than for the Thursday meal itself 🙂

  • Alissa - Not Just Apples
    Posted at 01:56h, 21 November

    This is such a neat idea! I’d never have thought to create a pizza out of leftovers, but this looks delicious 🙂

    • Marla
      Posted at 04:27h, 21 November

      Thanks Alissa! It is amazing how far you can stretch the ideas for holiday leftovers 😉

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Posted at 04:52h, 21 November

    oh yummm! I can coming to your house after thanksgiving for your leftovers:)

  • teresa
    Posted at 06:32h, 21 November

    Excuse me!
    You’ve been to Ina’s Barefoot Contessa! OH ME!!!
    Love that lady!
    Where in the world did you get those sticks with those pumpkins? 😉
    Your food staging is unbelievable! {perfection!}
    I’ve always had a calling to throw figs & goat cheese on a pizza!
    This recipe is a keeper!
    For real! I will feature this on my blog when I make it!
    I LOVE your recipes Marla!
    You have such a passionate relationship with FOOD.
    You are adorable! 😉

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:12h, 21 November

      Teresa, I would be so honored if you featured this recipe on your blog!
      Gosh, I wish the Barefoot Contessa still existed in the Hampton’s. I bet you have fun places like that in Bainbridge?? I bet.
      Yes, I am way too passionate about food. You should hear the music I play for my “subjects” during the photo shoot. The food loves the music too ya know!
      The sticks with the pumpkins I got at Trader Joe’s.
      In love with those little things. They last forever too!

  • Kristina Vanni
    Posted at 06:38h, 21 November

    Gorgeous! I made a pumpkin pizza last month, and I fell in love! The subtle sweetness of pumpkin or sweet potatoes is great as the “sauce” on a pizza. (Plus, figs and goat cheese just rock!)

  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 06:40h, 21 November

    Loving these pizza’s girl!! YUM 🙂 So glad we got to hang out over the weekend 🙂 xoxo

  • Mandi
    Posted at 07:00h, 21 November

    I don’t celebret thanksgiving (I live in Europe) but I always love that whole autum theme!
    Your picture’s look so good and I’m sure it taste great too!


  • Maria
    Posted at 07:29h, 21 November

    Great way to use up those leftovers!

  • aida mollenkamp
    Posted at 08:43h, 21 November

    Marla – I like how you’ve used the Thanksgiving leftovers with some new flavors to make it more interesting than a standard leftovers sandwich.

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:07h, 21 November

      Aida, I love to stir the pot girl 😉

  • HeatherChristo
    Posted at 10:23h, 21 November

    So delicious Marla. Leftovers may be the best part of Thanksgiving!

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    Posted at 10:59h, 21 November

    This looks even better than Thanksgiving dinner, gotta love leftovers!

  • Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet
    Posted at 11:30h, 21 November

    Sounds great Marla. I can’t wait for Friday!! 🙂

  • Esi
    Posted at 12:24h, 21 November

    This is a perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!

  • Living The Sweet Life
    Posted at 13:36h, 21 November

    I’m sitting at my desk, in awe … this sounds like a phenomenal pizza.

  • Nancy@acommunaltable
    Posted at 17:38h, 21 November

    Love that phrase ” pizza’s are just edible plates”!!! Great way to use up leftovers… now, if we can just make sure we actually “have” leftovers, we’ll be good to go!!

    • Marla
      Posted at 18:45h, 21 November

      Oh Nancy how right you are!! Gotta have those leftovers to make these quick & easy pizzas. If you don’t have those leftovers you will just need to find a way to make them anyway 😉

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  • gina
    Posted at 06:54h, 27 November

    these look not only ‘so cute’ but so delish!

  • Georgia Pellegrini
    Posted at 07:21h, 27 November

    This is a great idea, Marla. I have too many turkey-day leftovers in the fridge right now that I’m searching for a way to use. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Sue
    Posted at 06:23h, 23 November

    What a great idea! I had been giving a turkey pizza some thought as I was looking at the container of leftovers. Didn’t think about using the sweet potatoes as a sauce. Genius! Figs aren’t available here, I think I’ll try dried cranberries and dried dates. Love goat cheese! Mouth watering! Must go to the kitchen now. Thanks!

    • Marla
      Posted at 06:25h, 23 November

      Sue, the dried cranberries and dates are a great idea! Enjoy 🙂

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