Open the fridge on Black Friday and odds are you’ll find piles of leftover turkey, green bean casserole and that classically voluminous side dish, stuffing. It not only takes up precious fridge space, but it also tends to dry up and bore the taste buds by day two of the leftover extravaganza.
Instead of reheating it as is, make your stuffing into the star of your after-Thanksgiving brunch with these knockout recipes.
7. Deep-Fried Stuffing
When all else fails, deep frying makes anything and everything taste like a little bite of heaven. Mix together two to three cups of stuffing with an egg to bind the ingredients.
Roll the stuffing into tablespoon-sized balls and roll the outside in breadcrumbs. Fry in a deep fryer, or in a couple inches of oil on the stovetop until golden brown.
Pour a little leftover gravy over these nuggets of joy for a true homage to Thanksgiving bliss.
6. Savory Waffles
Waffle irons are like magical portals that make normal ingredients into crispy, golden works of art.
Mix together a couple eggs, fresh herbs and stuffing. Grease your waffle iron and pop the doughy batter into the magical portal for some brunch-worthy stuffing bites.
5. Stuffing Hash
Grate some potato or sweet potato. Cook the portions in a couple tablespoons of butter on medium heat, and add a couple cups of leftover stuffing. Brown on the stovetop until the stuffing is slightly crispy and the potatoes or tender.
Serve with a poached egg on top and drizzle with a little maple syrup and you’ll be in brunch paradise.
4. Stuffing Muffins
Like most recreation recipes, the addition of some herbs, a little fresh spinach, eggs and cream can resuscitate plain old leftovers.
Budget Bytes recommends mixing all these ingredients together and baking in a muffin tin at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes.
3. Stuffing Pancakes
Leftover mashed potatoes need a little love, too. This perfectly moist recipe marries stuffing and mashed potatoes in a crispy, savory treat.
Add some green onion, chopped turkey and an egg. Form into patties and brown them in a pan with butter. Voila!
2. Baked Eggs
Who needs to make pie crust from scratch when you have perfectly good stuffing? Put the stuffing and some cheddar cheese into a food processor to create the dough.
Press the mixture into muffin tins to create a crust. Break an egg into each muffin cup, season the egg with salt and pepper and bake in an oven for a fast breakfast item.
1. Pot Pie
Marry all of your Thanksgiving leftovers into one warming, homey recipe.
Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas and seasoning nestle between a couple pie crusts to make this delicious leftover feast.
So there you have it, seven ways to transform your stuffing. Now, no one should complain the few days following Thanksgiving about boring stuffing being leftover.