Thanksgiving Leftovers Frittata

Because Thanksgiving leftovers are even better the second time around. Especially when you fiddle around with other ingredients! I knew we wanted to make a lot of wraps with the leftovers…

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Inside: spinach/kale, leftover quinoa stuffing, cranberry sauce, and turkey.

As good as those looked, I wanted to do something a little more exciting. After researching some frittata recipes, I got an idea of how to actually make one. Ha. And then I decided to throw in a bunch of leftovers!DSC_6981

It turned out splendidly! I heard lots of “Mmm’s” from the family, so that’s a good sign too. We polished this baby off in one day no problemo. All the flavors of Thanksgiving are packed into this brunch (…and lunch and dinner) dish, but it’s a twist on the regular ol’ monster of a leftovers sandwich. Not that those are bad though.

This is a super duper flexible recipe, using any leftovers you have on hand. I also recommend using a cast iron skillet if you have one! The crust that forms on the bottom of the frittata rocks.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Frittata

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 c. diced leftover turkey (I used both dark and white.)
  • 2 c. diced vegetables (You can use fresh or whatever is already cooked. I used celery, onion, mushrooms, and green beans.)
  • ¼ – ⅓ c. parmesan cheese (or any kind of cheese you have)
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh sage or rosemary (or 1 tsp. dried herbs)
  • cranberry sauce (optional)
  • pinch o’ salt and dash o’ pepper
  • cooking spray, oil, or butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Grease a large, oven-safe skillet (preferably cast iron) with cooking spray, oil, or butter. Make sure to grease the sides of the skillet as well. Sauté vegetables on medium-high heat until soft if using fresh veggies. If using pre-cooked vegetables, just heat them through in the skillet. Once the vegetables are warm and/or soft, add the turkey. Stir and let the meat heat through.
  3. In the meantime, whisk the eggs and egg whites in a large bowl. Stir in cheese, herbs, salt, and pepper.
  4. Make sure your vegetables and meat are evenly distributed throughout the skillet. Add the egg mixture to the skillet and let the bottom and sides cook through (about 5 minutes).
  5. Evenly place six small dollops of cranberry sauce around the top.
  6. Transfer the skillet to the oven for 18-20 minutes to finish cooking.
  7. Once the eggs are set, remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
  8. Cut into six slices (I actually cut it into eight— force of habit) and serve it up!

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Before going into the oven

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After. Ta-da!

Let me know if you try this out!

So tell me: What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers?

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A Lovely Thanksgiving

Here is the story of our Thanksgiving…

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Super quick breakfast before Mass

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Talking to one of my religious education students from last year (you can’t see him…maybe that was obvious)

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Bought our Christmas wreath!

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Ready for action. This time, knowing what the heck I’m holding.

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Using the laptop for recipes

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Peelin’ and choppin’ 

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Macy’s Parade in the background. Ben was already tired.

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First dish finished: Gina’s Cranberry Quinoa “Stuffing”

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Snack

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Hour-long walking break with Dad

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I thought my face was going to fall off. The wind was freezing.

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Quasi-lunch

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Nibbles from mom’s beautiful appetizer spread

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Homemade honey cornbread hot out of the oven

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Corner piece

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Brussels all set

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Homemade rosemary parmesan mashed potatoes with roasted garlic

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Bird’s the word

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Mom’s Asian-inspired brown rice with turkey giblets

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Feelin’ fancy, but not too fancy (note the “non-alcoholic”)

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All together now

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Centerpiece

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The company— my great-aunt and her friend, both of whom are Maryknoll nuns. Ben took the photo.

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Blessings

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Dig in! 

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My favorite. Apple pie a la mode. Plus some berry pie.

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De-seeding a pomegranate using the water method for the first time. So helpful.

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Rubies

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Blazing

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Classic

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Tryptophan

I am beyond thankful for everything that happened on this day— my family, the cooking, the eating, the conversation, and the relaxation. May the gratitude extend to each and every day throughout the year.

So tell me: How was YOUR Thanksgiving (if you celebrated)? Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?