Barbecue Turkey Pizza

By now you might be getting to the dregs of your turkey leftovers. My mother-in-law roasted a twenty-pounder and sent us home with the carcass, from which I pried off six cups of meat before simmering it into a gallon of broth and two more cups of meat. That night (broth-making night), we enjoyed Turkey Tortilla Soup, which I shared with you here.

[Thanks for the pic, Lauren Groveman, since I neglected to take one of mine]

The next evening we enjoyed Turkey Enchiladas, which I included in that same post. But we have added another meal to the leftover-turkey repertoire, a variation on that popular BBQ Chicken Pizza that places like CPK serve. Here's my homemade version.

Barbecue Turkey Pizza (makes two medium pizzas)

dough for two pizza crusts (see bread machine recipe below)

1 cup homemade BBQ sauce (here's a recipe to try)
1 generous cup chopped, cooked turkey meat
1/4 sweet onion, sliced thinly
2 generous cups shredded mozzarella
cilantro for sprinkling, optional

Roll out the first pizza crust to desired thickness. Top with all but cilantro and bake at 425F about ten minutes. Sprinkle on cilantro before serving. Repeat with second pizza crust.

Two pizzas and a salad will serve five, with a few slices left over for lunch the following day! And a note on making your own barbecue sauce: feel free to reduce the sugar called for by at least 1/3. You won't even notice a difference.

Now, I'm one of those rare Americans who actually uses her bread machine on a regular basis. Not to make bread, mind you, but to make dough. Pizza dough, dough for rolls, dough for cinnamon rolls. I know storebought dough is cheap, but you know how I feel about additives and plastic packaging... Besides, when I make dough at home, I can always substitute some whole wheat flour for the white and pretend I'm making health food. So haul out your bread machine and give this pizza dough recipe a try. You can always freeze half of the dough ball, if you only want to make one pizza at a time.

Bread-Machine Pizza Dough (adapted from The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook)
1-1/3 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/2 tsp salt
2-1/2 tsp bread machine yeast

Throw it all in and set your cycle for dough or pizza dough. When the machine beeps, it's ready to use!

The family has voted on ham for Christmas, but since I'm down to my last two cups of turkey meat, I may have to roast another bird on the side sometime in January..!