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Turkey Pesto Roll-Ups How-To

Turkey Pesto Roll-Ups
Blogger Dorothy Kern shares an easy way to use up leftover Thanksgiving turkey. MORE+ LESS-
By Dorothy Kern

Thanksgiving is over, the family has gone home. And now you have the best part of the meal: the leftovers! 

Unless you are feeding an army on Thanksgiving, chances are you have some leftover turkey. And, well, after a few days of turkey, stuffing and gravy, you’re probably tired of the same-old leftovers, am I right? 

My favorite way to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey is to make something completely different with it. I eat it with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Day, and then I have fun finding new ways to use up what’s left. My Turkey Pesto Roll-Ups are one way you can make a delicious new meal out of that leftover bird. These rolls start with Pillsbury Classic Pizza Dough. You’re basically making a pesto pizza, but in roll form. Something about the rolls being served in a pie dish are just more fun than eating a regular pizza.

Pizza dough topped with chopped turkey pesto shredded cheddar and roasted red peppers

Preheat your oven to 400ºF. Unroll your dough and spread on a layer of pesto. You can use homemade, but jarred is just as good. Layer on your toppings; diced turkey, mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers (from a jar), and Italian seasoning. 

Then, like you would a cinnamon roll, carefully roll the pizza dough back up. Use a serrated knife and cut the roll into eight slices.

Rolled Pizza dough with turkey pesto ingredients, sliced

Now, this is the tricky part. Carefully transfer each roll to your pie plate. You’ll need to use one hand to block the filling from falling out. Work carefully but quickly to get all the rolls into the pan. Bake the rolls for 18 to 21 minutes, until the top is light golden brown.

Turkey Pesto Rollups

Once the rolls are baked, you have a delicious meal the whole family will love. Even though it’s filled with pesto and red peppers, I guarantee that when you tell your kids they’re having pizza that looks like cinnamon rolls, they’ll come running to the table. 

And, what’s even better about this recipe is that it’s great straight from the oven, but it’s also good lukewarm (kind of like pizza). These rolls would be great for lunch boxes too - once they’re baked they hold together really well. 

Surprise your family with a leftover turkey dinner that doesn’t taste a thing like Thanksgiving. By a few days after the holiday, they’ll be thanking you for it!

Turkey Pesto Rollups