Direct Your Dining: Thanksgiving Leftovers Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread

Direct Your Dining: Thanksgiving Leftovers Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread

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Get ready for some seriously inspired Thanksgiving leftovers with these tasty flatbreads. Today’s energy saving recipe features cheesy turkey doused in a delicious buffalo sauce with a crunch of celery.

Direct Your Dining: Thanksgiving Leftovers Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread
It’s Thanksgiving! It’s pizza! It’s buffalo sauce!

Don’t waste that leftover white and dark meat turkey! Use your creativity to combine it with some remaining stuffing and homemade macaroni and cheese from Thursday for a tasty (and easy!) dish the whole family will enjoy.

The only energy used in this recipe is to make these flatbreads. You quickly bake them once assembled, but reduce the cooking time even more, just microwave the leftovers before putting the ingredients together. This means it will take less time for the flatbread to heat through, the cheese on top to brown, and the celery to get crisp.

I like this cheesy buffalo chicken flatbread with celery as it’s an entertaining twist on classic Thanksgiving flavors. If your family doesn’t make macaroni and cheese as a side dish, just use more cheese and the leftover side dish of your choice – or just really pile on the turkey, buffalo sauce, and shredded cheese.

Direct Your Dining: Thanksgiving Leftovers Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread
It’s a perfect low-stress dish for a long and lazy holiday weekend.

There is no wrong way to serve up Thanksgiving leftovers!  Today’s recipe is always a huge hit after the big day with my family, so I hope you try it out with your leftover turkey and macaroni and  cheese this year!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread

Ingredients:

Direct Your Dining: Thanksgiving Leftovers Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread
Besides the flatbread, you probably have all the ingredients leftover from Thanksgiving, so there’s not much to do!
  • ½ c. Chopped leftover turkey (or any protein from Thanksgiving dinner)
  • 1 c. Leftover macaroni and cheese
  • 2 Flatbreads (I use premade Naan, but use your preferred premade flatbread)
  • ¼ c. Buffalo sauce (I prefer Frank’s medium buffalo wing sauce, but use your favorite brand)
  • ¼ c. Celery, diced
  • ½ c. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ¼ tsp. Garlic powder
  • Pinch sea salt and black pepper

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 415 degrees Fahrenheit.

Direct Your Dining: Thanksgiving Leftovers Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread
I mean – do you REALLY need another turkey sandwich?

2) Microwave the macaroni and cheese and chopped turkey for 30 seconds to 1 minute to have it at a warm temperature to make cooking process faster.

Direct Your Dining: Thanksgiving Leftovers Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread
Assembly is so easy, you can get one of your older kids to help.

3) Spread a spoonful of buffalo wing sauce on the flatbreads.  Sprinkle the garlic powder over the buffalo sauce.

4) Spread a layer of macaroni and cheese over the buffalo sauce layer.

5) Place chopped turkey and diced celery evenly on top of the macaroni and cheese.

6) Drizzle some more of the buffalo wing sauce over the flatbreads before sprinkling the cheese on top.

7) Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of both flatbreads.  Sprinkle a little sea salt and black pepper over the flatbread.

Direct Your Dining: Thanksgiving Leftovers Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread
In a word? Yum.

8) Bake for 13 minutes or until edges of flatbread are golden and the cheese on top is melted.

9) Cut into triangles and serve!

Direct Your Dining: Thanksgiving Leftovers Cheesy Buffalo Turkey Flatbread
It’s a dish perfect for the whole family.

Do you have any creative ideas on how to turn YOUR Thanksgiving leftovers into a delicious flatbread delight? Share them with us in the comments below!

Check out our previous Thanksgiving-inspired Direct Your Dining recipes, and we will see you next week for another delicious recipe as we continue through this holiday season!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M animal science graduate using her education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy in the kitchen.

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