Simple Christmas pizza recipe

Stuart Forster suggests a simple Christmas recipe to use up leftovers.

Looking for recipe ideas to use up your Christmas food leftovers? This simple Christmas pizza recipe is something you can prepare in a matter of minutes. It’s a way of using up turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and other seasonal ingredients.

Rather than spending time making dough for the pizza base, I make use of pre-bought wraps in this recipe. Why? Haven’t you already spent enough time in the kitchen cooking in preparation for Christmas? Using wraps means you can have a quick, easy-to-cook meal requiring just five minutes of preparation and eight to ten minutes in a fan-assisted oven set to 180°C (that’s the equivalent of Gas Mark 4 or just under 360F).

Of course, if you’re a pizza aficionado you may want to prepare a proper base and possibly even a traditional tomato-based sauce. However, my sauce for the base is simply two tablespoons of cranberry sauce mixed with tablespoons of ketchup. That makes enough to cover two wraps. It may not sound appealing but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it — the result is delicious. The sweetness of the sauce complements the savoury ingredients of the toppings.

Ready to bake! The simple Christmas pizza recipe, for using up leftovers, takes just minutes to prepare.
Ready to bake! The simple Christmas pizza recipe, for using up leftovers, takes just minutes to prepare.

Simple Christmas pizza recipe ingredients

As this is a Christmas use-up meal you can make use of pretty much any leftover that you have available in your fridge. Simply chop it and chuck it on top of the base! My experiments included using Brussel sprouts, bacon and walnuts; they all turned out to be tasty.

For my most successful Christmas pizza-style snack I used the following ingredients to top two wraps:

200 grams of roast turkey

100 grams of sausage stuffing

One onion

100 grams cheddar cheese

50 grams Stilton cheese (more if you enjoy rich, deep flavour)

Two tablespoons of ketchup

Two tablespoons of cranberry sauce

Fresh chilly (optional)

Ground cinnamon (optional)

Ready to eat! Minutes after starting preparations the simple Christmas pizza is cooked.
Ready to eat! Minutes after starting preparations the simple Christmas pizza is cooked.

Simple Christmas pizza recipe method

Follow these steps to make my pizza-style dish using Christmas leftovers:

One – Mix the ketchup and cranberry sauce in a bowl then spread it on top of your wraps which should be laid out on baking trays.

Two – Chop the turkey, stuffing and onion and share it across each of the wraps.

Three – Grate or chop the cheese and sprinkle over your Christmas style pizza.

Four (optional) – If you like spice add thinly sliced fresh chilly and/or sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Five – Bake for eight to 10 minutes or until ready. The wrap doesn’t crisp up, so be careful as you transfer your Christmas pizza to your plate.

The result is a quick and easy meal that can be enjoyed in front of the fireplace while watching Christmas movies or binging on your favourite television series.

Enjoy! Wishing you a very happy Christmas and fun while using up your leftovers.

Further information

Watch me in action in the kitchen. Check out the Go Eat Do YouTube video on How to Make Christmas Pizza:

Earlier this year I wrote a review of a Ninja Foodi Multi-Cooker. I used it to cook a 2.5kg turkey crown in under 50 minutes prior to preparing this simple Christmas pizza.

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