By Terry Trucco
What to do with that leftover turkey, gravy and cranberry sauce sitting in the ‘fridge? If you run an Italian restaurant, there’s an obvious solution: make pizza.
Bart Retolatto, chef at La Bottega, the stylish Italian trattoria at the Maritime Hotel, is rolling out his latest creation — the Day-After-Thanksgiving pizza-for-one.
An Italian riff on that classic post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich, the pizza is stuffed, naturally. Between its thin double crusts go roasted turkey, sweet potato puree, wild mushrooms, cranberry sauce and gravy. It’s available for $12 through the end of the year.
Unable to resist a holiday novelty and hungry for leftovers — we didn’t cook Thanksgiving dinner this year — we stopped by for a taste and were surprised to find it wasn’t on the menu. So we asked — it’s also called NY1 pizza in honor of the local TV station — and received a piping, six-slice concoction on a pizza board.
The verdict: interesting — and undeniably unusual, but we’ll stick with Margherita. (We loved the two little oatmeal cookies that came with our bill, btw.)
If you’re awash in leftovers and want to try a turkey pizza at home, here’s the recipe:
THE DAY-AFTER-THANKSGIVING PIZZA
What you need:
A pizza stone
A round pizza cutter
5 oz. Pizza dough (basic pizza recipe)
3 oz. Roast turkey meat
2 oz. Traditional Thanksgiving stuffing
2 oz. Sweet potato puree
2 oz. Cranberry sauce
2 oz. Turkey gravy
5 oz. Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
- Set oven with pizza stone at 400°F.
- Press out pizza dough until it reaches 9 inches in diameter. Season with salt, pepper, and olive oil.
- Place dough in on stone in oven. If you don’t have a pizza stone a flat baking pan will do. Just remember to grease it with a little olive oil so the dough doesn’t stick.
- Bake for 4 minutes and let rise slightly; the dough should not brown at this stage.
- Take the dough from the oven and slice in half with a bread knife.
- Smear one half with sweet potato puree and the other with cranberry sauce.
- Building from the sweet potato side, add the stuffing and spread evenly. Pile on the turkey and drizzle with gravy.
- Close the pizza with the cranberry sauce side and slightly press down.
- Place back in the oven for 3 minutes and let brown slightly.
- Remove from oven and cut into 6 equal sized pieces.