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…
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!
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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- 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.
- In the meantime, whisk the eggs and egg whites in a large bowl. Stir in cheese, herbs, salt, and pepper.
- 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).
- Evenly place six small dollops of cranberry sauce around the top.
- Transfer the skillet to the oven for 18-20 minutes to finish cooking.
- Once the eggs are set, remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Cut into six slices (I actually cut it into eight— force of habit) and serve it up!
Before going into the oven
Let me know if you try this out!
So tell me: What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers?