You Need To Make These Pop Tarts With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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I don't know about you, but I think one of the main highlights of Thanksgiving is the bounty of leftovers. Making a turkey sandwich stuffed to the brim with mashed potatoes, dressing and cranberry sauce the day after the feast brings back all the warm sensations of the occasion. But what if you can give your traditional next-day sandwich a creative twist? Say hello to these Thanksgiving pop tarts! Not only is it a unique way to reuse leftovers — including that extra pie dough — but it is a delicious comfort food that you can make as a Thanksgiving tradition every year.

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Things You'll Need

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, cubed and cold
  • 1/4 cup shortening, cold
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
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Step 1: Make the Pie Dough

Pour the flour, sugar, cold butter and shortening into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse it about 12 to 15 times, or until the butter is pea-sized and the dough looks crumbly. Then, slowly add in the ice-cold water, pulsing the food processor until the dough pulls from the sides into a large ball. Be careful not to over-mix.

Tip

  • If you already have leftover pie dough, skip to step 2.

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Step 2: Roll Out the Dough and Cut Into Rectangles

Roll out the pie dough into a large rectangle measuring about 28 inches x 12 inches, and about 1/8 inches thick. Cut off the excess edges using a pizza cutter. Next, cut the dough into 8 rectangles that measure about 7 inches x 5 inches. Roll out the excess scraps into a smaller rectangle that's about 14 inches x 10 inches, and cut out 4 more rectangles. You should now have a total of 12 rectangles. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

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Step 3: Fill the Pop Tarts

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the chilled rectangles from the refrigerator, along with your Thanksgiving leftovers. Spoon 1 tablespoon of cranberry sauce onto a rectangle. Then, layer on 1 tablespoon of mashed potatoes, 1 tablespoon of stuffing and small bits of turkey. Cover the tart with another dough rectangle, and pinch the edges together to seal. Repeat this step with all of the rectangles until you have 6 pop tarts.

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Step 4: Egg Wash and Bake

Use a fork to make lines along the edges of the pop tarts (cut off uneven edges to make a clean edge, if desired). Place the pop tarts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a toothpick to poke several small holes in each pop tart to let the air out when they bake. Beat together the egg and 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl, and apply an egg wash on each tart. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown.

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Step 5: Cover With Gravy and Serve

Once the pop tarts are done baking, drizzle them with leftover gravy that's been reheated. Serve while warm and enjoy!

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