Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Recipe for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Last year, I got this recipe idea from my friend who was a Pampered Chef rep for years. If you're familiar with their recipes, they have quite a few "braids" and "rings" that utilize refrigerated crescent rolls. This is a great way to use leftovers from Thanksgiving or a fun spin on the traditional Thanksgiving meal at anytime of the year.

This isn't a recipe that you have to follow exactly. You can be creative and add in what you like, as well as adjust the amounts to your liking. Just be sure you include some "wet" ingredients, such as gravy or salad dressing.

Thanksgiving Leftover Ring
2 cans refrigerated crescent rolls
Approx. 6 cups of Thanksgiving's what I used:
     3 cups chopped turkey
     2 cups stuffing
     1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
     1 cup gravy

Mix all leftover ingredients together. It will be similar to chicken salad. Next you are going to assemble the ring with the crescent rolls. I use my pizza stone, but you could use any pizza pan or cookie sheet. It also helps to place your pan on a bowl so it's slightly elevated off your work surface. Start by laying four triangles at North, South, East, and West, with the points facing out. Then place four more triangles, one between each of the triangles you already laid (place at NE, SE, SW, and NW).

Open the next container and place one triangle between each of the triangles you've already laid down.

Press down the triangles to create a thinner bottom crust for your leftover mixture. If it's too thick, it will be doughy on the bottom.

Next, fill your ring with your leftover mixture, leaving a little of the crust uncovered in the middle. You'll have to pile it up a little.

Then grab two triangle points, criss-cross them over the filling, and press them to the middle crust you left exposed. Continue around until all points have been joined to the middle.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until crescent dough is browned. Slice and enjoy!

You can use this idea with any combination of ingredients you can think of: Reubens, Italian Beef Sandwiches, Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli, Taco, etc. The possibilities are endless!


  1. What a great recipe, I may have to try that one!! Thanks for the idea, I was just getting ready to look for some casserole ideas for the leftovers....I may try this instead or in addition! :)

  2. Bethany - you're a flippin' rock star.