Use leftover turkey and cranberry sauce for this easy Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid recipe. Optional to add in brie and stuffing, too!

Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid garnished with oranges and a pear

Friends, let’s face it – the best part about a turkey dinner is the leftovers, particularly turned into a sandwich or a yummy braid. This is the best weeknight meal during the month of November, this Cranberry & Pear Turkey Crescent Braid!

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a piece of Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid with a fork

For this recipe, use up your turkey dinner leftovers! Watch the video how to make an easy crescent roll braid, and get creative with the different types of cheese you can add. And fruit!

a serving of Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid

Ingredients for a Turkey Braid

  • Crescent rolls
  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey Dijon mustard
  • Black pepper
  • Chopped cooked turkey
  • Brie cheese
  • Sweetened dried cranberries
  • Fresh cranberry sauce (we buy Trader Joe’s)
  • White sharp cheddar cheese
  • Red pear
  • Egg
  • Fresh rosemary

a Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid on a plate

Crescent dough: This crescent braid recipe is made with a any kind of crescent rolls that come in a tube in the refrigerator section of your store.

crescent rolls on a baking sheet

How to make a Crescent Braid with crescent rolls

Arrange the crescent rolls from one package into a rectangle shape on top of a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Place rolls from remaining package along the edges of the two long sides of the rectangle, with the broad half of the rolls on top of the first layer of rolls, and the pointed ends extending over the sides of the pan.

trukey cranberry mixture

Now add the mixture

Combine turkey, cheese, pear, and cranberries, baked in a delicious dough! Oh, and we used brie cheese plus Sharp Cheddar, too!

Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.

Arrange the crescent rolls from one package (see above).

In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, black pepper, turkey, Brie cheese, dried cranberries, fresh cranberry sauce, and 1 Tbsp of fresh chopped rosemary. Spread the turkey mixture down the center of the dough.

making a Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid

Pears and cranberries on a turkey braid

Lay the sliced pear on top, and then sprinkle with cheddar cheese on top. Bring the corners together over the mixture, criss-crossing to form the shape of a braid.

brushing egg white on Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid

Brush egg whites on top of the crescent rolls

  1. Whisk the egg white and brush over the braid. Sprinkle with fresh chopped rosemary!
  2. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Serve on a platter with fresh rosemary and winter fruit as a garnish!
  3. This braid recipe is warm, and slightly gooey with the Brie cheese, and can be sliced and served in squares. 

The pear and cranberries add the perfect sweetness!

Cranberry Pear Crescent Braid with turkey

Want to know a little secret? It’s better than leftovers on a dinner roll! 

a square serving of Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid

Leftover turkey dinner

It’s big enough to feed a family, perfect for taking to go. Just make sure and bake it when you get to your destination). A braid recipe is best served right out of the oven! You may have already tried my Ham Breakfast Braid, another fun idea for Thanksgiving or Christmas morn!

just out of the oven, a Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid

Braid substitutions

Try a variety of cheeses if you aren’t a Brie lover. You can use cream cheese, soft goat cheese, aged cheddar, or Gruyere cheese!

If desired, 2 cups chopped cooked chicken can be substituted for the turkey.

Serve on a large platter and garnish with a whole pear, fresh cranberries, and a few mandarin oranges! Oh, and don’t forget the fresh herbs (rosemary & sage).

a piece cut out of a Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid

Optional to freeze a braid

For a freeze-ahead recipe, assemble the braid and freeze it unbaked. Then bake it frozen, adding about ten extra minutes to the baking time. Another great way to tuck away turkey dinner leftovers for another day!

Delicious served with a Kale Salad with Butternut Squash!

Thanksgiving is wonderful – but we’re looking forward to the day after, with all of those leftovers!

Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid garnished with oranges and a pear
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Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Yield: 6

Ingredients
 

  • 2 8 oz pkg refrigerated crescent rolls
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons honey Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey, 12 ounces
  • 4 oz Brie cheese, cut in small cubes (cut edge off)
  • ½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • ½ cup fresh cranberry sauce, we buy Trader Joe’s
  • ½ cup white sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 red pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped, divided
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries, ½ pear + 2 small mandarin oranges for garnish
  • fresh rosemary and sage for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  • Arrange the crescent rolls from one package into a rectangle shape on top of a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Place rolls from remaining package along the edges of the two long sides of the rectangle, with the broad half of the rolls on top of the first layer of rolls, and the pointed ends extending over the sides of the pan.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, black pepper, turkey, Brie cheese, dried cranberries, fresh cranberry sauce, and 1 Tbsp of fresh chopped rosemary. Spread the turkey mixture down the center of the dough. Lay the sliced pear on top, and then sprinkle with cheddar cheese on top. Bring the corners together over the mixture, criss-crossing to form the shape of a braid.
  • Whisk the egg white and brush over the braid. Sprinkle with fresh chopped rosemary!
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Serve on a platter with fresh rosemary and winter fruit as a garnish!

Notes

Reposted with new photos + video from Nov. 2020.
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
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Cranberry Pear Turkey Crescent Braid on a serving plate garnished