Thanksgiving Leftovers Monkey Bread

November 30, 2020

Turn your leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce into a fun-to-eat pull apart bread with this easy Thanksgiving Leftovers Monkey Bread recipe!

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One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving – besides gathering with family and reflecting on what we’re grateful for – is the leftovers!  It was just two of us this year versus a 20 pound beast of a turkey!  We shared some of the leftovers with my in-laws.  But I couldn’t wait to portion out and pack our freezer with leftover turkey!

I’ve made so many plans for our leftover turkey.  One thing I hadn’t planned on making – but I’m so glad that I did – was this monkey bread!  I originally bought all of the ingredients to make a breakfast-style monkey bread.  But that recipe fell through when I realized I was low on the seasonings I needed. 

I didn’t want my ingredients to go to waste.  So I turned some of our Thanksgiving leftovers into a semi-sweet and savory monkey bread served with a side of leftover gravy for dipping!

If you’re like me and could eat Thanksgiving dinner almost every single day, you’re going to love this monkey bread recipe!  Consider it Thanksgiving dinner all wrapped up inside a warm, buttery roll! 

Half of the monkey bread is filled with a combination of whole berry cranberry sauce (or use leftover jellied cranberry sauce) and cream cheese.  The other half of the monkey bread is filled with turkey and stuffing. 

Thanksgiving Leftovers Monkey Bread

 

Grab two cans of crescent rolls or crescent roll dough.  Pop open the cans and roll out the dough so it’s in one, big sheet.  Then, use a pizza cutter to cut 16 squares in the dough.

You’re going to need about 1/2 cup of each filling.  Spoon a little cream cheese onto half of the dough.  Then, top with cranberry sauce.  On the other half of the dough, spoon some stuffing and top with chopped turkey.

Once all the dough is filled, take the corners and fold them into the center. Pinch to make sure that they’re all closed up. Then, place them in a generously greased bundt pan, alternating between fillings.  Sprinkle fresh rosemary and fresh sage on top.  Give the dough a light brushing of melted butter and bake. 

After about 30-35 minutes, you end up with a buttery, golden delicious monkey bread filled with some of your delicious Thanksgiving leftovers! 

Thanksgiving Leftovers Monkey Bread

Thanksgiving Leftovers Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 - 8 oz. cans of crescent rolls, or crescent roll dough
  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup cooked turkey, chopped
  • 1/2 cup stuffing
  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Leftover gravy, for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously grease a bundt pan making sure to cover all sides.
  2. Open the cans of crescent rolls and roll out into one big sheet. Then, use a pizza cutter to cut 16 squares.
  3. Fill half of the squares with a spoonful of cream cheese and cranberry sauce. Fill the other half of the squares with a spoonful of stuffing and turkey.
  4. Then, take each corner of the crescent roll dough and fold them into the middle, pinching the dough closed, and forming a ball.
  5. Place the dough balls into the prepared bundt pan, alternating between fillings. Sprinkle the chopped herbs on top and lightly brush the dough balls with melted butter.
  6. Bake the monkey bread for 30-35 minutes, or until dough is cooked through and golden brown.
  7. Allow the monkey bread to cool for about 10 minutes. Then, carefully flip the bundt pan over to remove the bread. Use a plate to flip the monkey bread once again.
  8. Serve with a side of warmed up gravy for dipping.
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monkey bread filled with stuffing and turkey

By the way, if you’re curious about how long your Thanksgiving leftovers will last.  They’ll last about 3 or 4 days in the fridge.  But if you portion them out and put them in the freezer, they’ll last 2-6 months!  If you’re like me and love Thanksgiving dinner, you get to keep the celebration going! 

If you’re not planning on eating this monkey bread right away, you can also portion it out in freezer bags and freeze it!  Then, just let it thaw out a bit and warm up your serving in the microwave for 15-20 seconds!

This monkey bread recipe is such a fun way to use up some of your Thanksgiving leftovers.  Serve with a side of gravy to dip those turkey and stuffing bites!  

Did you make this Thanksgiving Leftovers Monkey Bread recipe? Share it on social media using the hashtag #livinglavidaeats. Don’t forget to tag me @lavidaholoka!

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