Giving Thanks the Non-Traditional Way: With Pizza

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Love to eat turkey? Pizza makers across the country are as obsessed with both Thanksgiving and pizza as much as we are, so much in fact they’re combining the two. 

A Thanksgiving feast pizza? We’re intrigued. 

PMQ Pizza Magazine reports that Canadian-based Boston Pizza created a “Christmas pizza” in 2019 as a marketing tool, arguably starting a phenomenon that has spread throughout North America. The creation featured seasoned rotisserie turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, Italian cheeses and a rosemary cream sauce. Having our taste buds tingling, the LloydPans innovation team took to the task of finding what versions of a Thanksgiving pizza were in the United States. 

Gobble Gobble

East Coast-based Grotto Pizza made headlines when it introduced “The Gobbler” to its fall menu. Complete with roasted chicken, stuffing and turkey gravy, the pizza is topped with a cheese blend and a cranberry sauce swirl. 

“It’s basically Thanksgiving dinner on a pie,” Jeff Gosnear, vice president of Grotto Pizza, said.”

Fellini Pizzeria in Rhode Island has a one-day-only pizza that’s the hottest ticket of the year. And, you guessed it, it’s the Thanksgiving pizza. Slow roasted turkey, homemade mashed potatoes and stuffing are on this rare pie, which is then topped with gravy and served with cranberry sauce on the side. 

If you’re looking for inspiration in building your own Thanksgiving pizza recipe, Chowhound has a great roundup of formulas that substitute traditional pizza toppings with Thanksgiving meal counterparts:

  • Marinara sauce for cranberry barbecue sauce or butternut squash sauce
  • Pepperoni for roast turkey
  • BBQ drizzle for cranberry orange drizzle
  • Sliced onions for sliced sweet potatoes and caramelized yellow onions
  • Mozzarella cheese for stuffing crumbles or mashed potatoes

Are you planning on a Thanksgiving pizza this year? What’s on your ingredient list? Let us know so we can give thanks @lloydpans.

Photo courtesy of PMQ Pizza Magazine

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