I’m eating next week’s dinner already.

thanksgiving leftovers: turkey, bacon and avocado ranch pizza I howsweeteats.com

So. People get super passionate about leftovers. Right? Like they love them or they hate them. In general,  I don’t mind leftovers – I can handle them for one of two days, but that’s it. Then I get bored and want something new like every other millennial in the world.

When it comes to Thanksgiving, I don’t want to do anything with my leftovers besides stuff my face a second (definitely third, maybe even fourth) time with a reheated Thanksgiving dinner. I live for those meals on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Especially the stuffing with gravy. Yesssss.

thanksgiving leftovers: turkey, bacon and avocado ranch pizza I howsweeteats.com

That means I probably wouldn’t make anything else crazy with my leftovers aside from breakfast. Like these breakfast biscuits or stuffing hash with mashed potato pancakes. Breakfast is okay. But when it comes to dinner, I want a big, fat repeat of Thursday.

As usual though, I have one exception: the turkey. We’ve already gone over how it isn’t about the turkey for me. And true to form we ends up with tons of leftover turkey, making it’s way into the week after for sure. Since I can’t seem to make anything but pizza, tacos and burgers, we’re going with number one on that list. Shocked!

thanksgiving leftovers: turkey, bacon and avocado ranch pizza I howsweeteats.com

With lots of bacon.

And a hefty drizzle of avocado ranch.

And some leftover Brussels sprouts BECAUSE I CAN’T STOP.

If you’re celebrating tomorrow, what are you doing? How many times are you eating? Who are you sharing your day with? I wish we could have a gigantic invisible internet friendsgiving.

Now that would rock.

thanksgiving leftovers: turkey, bacon and avocado ranch pizza I howsweeteats.com


Turkey, Bacon + Avocado Ranch Whole Wheat Pizza

Yield: makes 1 pizza, serves 2-4

Total Time: 2 hours


1 batch pizza dough
6 ounces mozzarella cheese, freshly grated
4 ounces cheddar cheese, freshly grated
1 cup (leftover) brussels sprouts, sliced
4 ounces leftover turkey, shredded
6 slices of bacon, cooked

avocado ranch
1/2 ripe medium avocado
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
1 tablespoons freshly chopped dill
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees (or if you're using a pizza stone or the skillet method, follow those directions). Add three fourths of the cheese to the dough, then layer the brussels sprouts on top. Spread the turkey and the bacon all over the pizza, then cover with the remaining cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly. Remove and drizzle the avocado ranch over top before serving.

avocado ranch
To make the avocado ranch, combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy, scraping down the sides occasionally when needed. Taste and season additionally if desired. Store avocado ranch in a seal-tight container for 1-2 days!

[avocado ranch from my double bean quesadillas]

thanksgiving leftovers: turkey, bacon and avocado ranch pizza I howsweeteats.com

Uh, P.S. does anyone else want to try to sandwich their entire turkey between two slices of bread and add potatoes chips on top after watching the Target Thanksgiving commercial? No? Just me?

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44 Responses to “Turkey, Bacon + Avocado Ranch Pizza.”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — November 27, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    I love your last line, the P.S. part :)

    That avocado ranch would be amazing on just about anything and everything! You always come up with the best dressings and sauces. And dressings and sauces are my life. I need extra. And then extra!

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. #
    Tina Muir — November 27, 2013 @ 7:53 am

    Yum yum yum! I wanna have me some of that pizza! Great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

    Will try this once my running gets going properly……cant wait!


  3. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — November 27, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    I am SO with you on just wanting more turkey dinners…I love the turkey too though! How-ev-er, this pizza could truly change my whole world view on eating the turkey with the leftover potatoes and stuffing. Pizza…with turkey…and avocado ranch sauce? You are speaking the language of love girl! Also, can I have the avocado ranch on everything in life? Thanks!


  4. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — November 27, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    This looks so good! We Canadians already had our Thanksgiving in October, but I’m thinking about doing a small Turkey dinner this weekend anyway — I’m too jealous of everyone’s meal plans! :)


  5. #
    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — November 27, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    YES! This is happening.


  6. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — November 27, 2013 @ 8:33 am

    OMG WOW!! Turkey and brussels sprouts on a pizza is pretty much heaven to me. That crust looks so unbelievably fluffy! I’m usually in the “big fan of leftovers” camp – especially when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner!


  7. #
    Natalie — November 27, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    I’m running the turkey trot in the morning… aka wogging it as fast as I can and trying not to get depressed when 3/4 of the racers pass me haha…

    and then to celebrate I’m going to stuff my face with everything I’ve cut from my diet the last few months and go into a steelers turkey coma by 8pm :)


  8. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 27, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    I hear ya. I totally get bored after one or two days of leftovers and then i’m like gimme all things new! This pizza looks amazing, though. Love the bacon and avocado ranch..I feel like that can be put on a million things or dipped or licked…yeahhh. Awesome idea, girl!


  9. #
    Kristen — November 27, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    This invisible internet friend who reads daily but never comments wishes we could have a huge invisible internet friendsgiving, too! Sending very best wishes to you and yours for a Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for your fabulous recipes and for making my morning blog feed a happier and funnier place.


  10. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — November 27, 2013 @ 8:51 am

    Apparently, I’ve been living in a hole, because I haven’t seen that Target commercial yet.. Fail.

    Pizza always makes me happy!


  11. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — November 27, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    I’m a “cook once, eat twice” kind of gal myself, but you’re so right – leftovers is a polarizing topic!!

    I’m thinking of all the things I’m going to drizzle with avocado ranch right about now. The list is long.


  12. #
    Tieghan — November 27, 2013 @ 8:55 am

    Completely awesome!! I love the bacon and avocado ranch!


  13. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — November 27, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    OMG! I need to add this to my weekly menu! Looks delish!!!


  14. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 27, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    You know I’m in.


  15. #
    Lauren H. — November 27, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Yum!! My husband was instantly on board (who wouldn’t be, bacon AND avocado? Yum). You should seriously do an internet thanksgiving next year. Have a link up a week before and we can all share our favorite recipes, and then gush over how good they are. Almost just like thanksgiving, except no audible smacking.


  16. #
    Judy — November 27, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    My poor dad, Christmas time which we don’t celebrate but had Christmas dinner, had endless turkey sandwiches with schmalz.


  17. #
    Amanda — November 27, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    I’d like to skip the usual turkey dinner and just have this pizza for sure. Yum! Hope I have enough leftover turkey. Brussel sprouts are delicious in everything.


  18. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — November 27, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    Me! Me! I want to come over for dinner now! Left over are bomb, nothing better than a sub made from left over gravy meat and cheese. We all need a hang over cure don;t we?


  19. #
    Robyn — November 27, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Looks amazing! The BEST way to eat turkey leftovers though is this: turkey quesadillas (or turkey wraps) with sharp aged white cheddar, a smidge of gravy, and peanut sauce.

    Or… an open faced turkey sandwich on toasted brown bread with gravy, cheese, and a (runny) over easy egg – mashed potatoes on the side because the holiday’s are not the same without them being a carb fest. Seriously, I can’t wait until Christmas for our turkey leftovers!


  20. #
    Heather — November 27, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    I don’t know what is WRONG with me but I seriously teared up at this because the pizza looks so amazing. I wish I was kidding…but yeah… :)


  21. #
    ATasteOfMadness — November 27, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    For that reason, I didn’t make Turkey this year. I don’t like it, and there’s always leftovers! But I might make some for Christmas just so I can use the leftovers on this. Yum!!


  22. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — November 27, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    avocado ranch? heck yes! i’m always looking for ways to use the leftover Thanksgiving turkey and this looks delicious.


  23. #
    Stephanie — November 27, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Oh my god this looks amaaaazing! I have to show this one to my mom so we can try it out together. Thanks for sharing! Your recipes always make me drool.


  24. #
    Amy Powell — November 27, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

    good lord, I think you’re trying to kill me. looks insane.


  25. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — November 27, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

    Oh man, this pizza just looks insane. I’m totally wishing I had some Thanksgiving leftovers to make it, but turkey day has passed here in Canada. Have a happy Thanksgiving!


  26. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — November 27, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    Yea, I need this in my belly.


  27. #
    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner — November 27, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    I’m all about the leftover Thanksgiving sandwiches with the moistmaker (Ross-style), but to be honest….leftovers never last more than two days. That’s what Friendsgiving is for!


  28. #
    Michelle — November 27, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

    THIS LOOKS RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING. Thank you for doing what you do, so well. xox


  29. #
    Pretend Chef — November 27, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    I love leftovers, especially Thanksgiving leftovers… the sandwiches! This looks so delicious.


  30. #
    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — November 27, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

    I feel you, we never really repurpose our leftovers either. Just heat them up and eat them. Maybe some hot turkey sandwiches but that’s about it!


  31. #
    Christina Gathright — November 28, 2013 @ 12:07 am

    Seriously dying over this pizza! And I totally stuff potato chips into my turkey sandwich! Isn’t that what chips were intended for? :)


  32. #
    Becca @ Crumbs — November 28, 2013 @ 4:55 am

    Wow what a great use for leftover turkey – you turn it into something completely different, well done!


  33. #
    LB — November 28, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    That commercial is great!


  34. #
    Ashley — November 29, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    What would be a good substitute for the Brussel sprouts? No one here will eat them,but the idea of Bacon,avocado ranch and turkey sounds AMAZING!!!!


  35. #
    Molly @ Bakelette — November 29, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

    I say yes to invisible thanksgiving blogger feast!! I made a wicked good maple pumpkin pie this year, so I call the pie!


  36. #
    Larry — November 29, 2013 @ 5:33 pm

    OMFG this looks so amazing that my mouth is watering. It could also be due to the fact that I can smell the orange chicken cooking next door (I work right next to a Panda Express… like, we share a wall)…. UGH *rumble rumble*


  37. #
    Cate — November 29, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

    oh wow, i must make that avocado ranch dressing, cheers for the recipe! x


  38. #
    Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes — November 30, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    Droooool! I wish we had turkey leftover. I bet this would still be tasty with a roast chicken though… Sounds delightful!


  39. #
    Rhea — December 17, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    Jessica! You are my hero! My boyfriend and I LOVE your website, and my food blog is basically a less fun version of yours, but I sure try hard a shell to be as good as you! Here is my version of your pizza recipe!



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