Turkey Cranberry Flatbread

turkey-cranberryThe timing of this post isn’t the best since Thanksgiving was a few months ago, but I’m trying to get all of the recipes I had on Facebook onto here. There are only so many sandwiches you can eat from Thanksgiving leftovers before getting tired of them.

My inspiration was this Tastefully Simple recipe for a turkey cranberry flatbread pizza, but I wanted to do something that would use only ingredients I had on hand, so I made some changes.

Ingredients 

  • 1 package Bountiful Beer Bread mix (buy here)
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup cranberry sauce
  • ¾ to 1 cup chopped turkey
  • ½ cup cooked, chopped bacon
  • ¼ cup sliced (super thin) red onion
  • ¾ cup Italian 4-cheese blend
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese

If you don’t have the 4-cheese blend, you could use a shredded mozzarella instead.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°.

Go here and follow the recipe for making the crust. Cut it in half if you can’t fit the entire thing on one baking sheet. I only used half of the dough and froze the other half for another flatbread experience. The proportions of ingredients above assume use of all of the dough.

Place on a baking sheet (either greased or with a silicone baking mat). Prick with a fork all over to prevent crust from puffing while baking. Bake for about 10 minutes until it’s a light golden brown color.

Spread the cranberry sauce on the crust as the base (like sauce would normally be). Sprinkle cheeses on top. Add turkey, bacon, and onion. Bake 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted and lightly browned.

If you used a silicone baking mat, don’t use the pizza cutter. You might be ok, but I wouldn’t want to take any chances in ruining the mat.

Lazy Pizza Sauce

pizza-sauceI call this pizza sauce “lazy” because it’s super easy, plus it uses canned tomatoes and a couple of already-mixed seasoning blends. This one is great for weeknight cooking and picky eaters. One of my friends who is one of the pickiest eaters on the planet loves this sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 large can diced tomatoes (28oz)
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • A few (3ish) cloves garlic, minced
  • About 1/4 to 1/3 medium onion, minced
  • 1 packet Good Seasons zesty Italian salad dressing & recipe mix
  • 1 tbsp McCormick salt free all purpose seasoning
  • Kosher Salt – start with 1tsp and add more as needed.  

Instructions
Toss everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste it and adjust the seasonings as needed. Transfer to a pot and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Don’t skip the simmering, it makes a difference!

Blender Note: I have the Vitamix 750 and I used the “frozen” setting for about 20 seconds. Nothing was frozen, but I knew 20 seconds of that would give me what I needed. You could also use an immersion blender instead.

Troubleshooting
Too salty or garlicky? Add a little bit of sugar to rebalance it.