Easy Stuffing Waffle Recipe: Leftover Stuffing Waffles
Turn your leftover stuffing into delicious stuffing waffles. Perfect for breakfast, these stuffing waffles are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft in the center. Top with an egg, cranberry sauce, gravy or anything you desire. Trust me, this is such a fun and delicious way to reinvent your Thanksgiving leftovers.
Get Rid of Thanksgiving Leftovers: Stuffing Waffles
Think chicken and waffles but with turkey and stuffing! Stuffing waffles are simply waffles from leftover Thanksgiving Day stuffing. If you made my easy stuffing recipe, then you know I like my stuffing more on the moist side vs dry. As a result, any leftovers are perfect for this fun recipe. If your stuffing is on the dry side, try adding some chicken broth, veggie broth, or an egg, as this will help soften the stuffing. Also, this works best with stuffing that is more traditional vs. stuffing with nuts, meat or other inclusions. If you do add an egg, be sure to let the waffle cook longer than normal to ensure the egg is cooked through.
How to Make This Stuffing Waffles Recipe
Preheat your waffle iron for this stuffing waffles recipe. Mine is non-stick so I do NOT spray it with cooking spray.
Remove leftover stuffing from the refrigerator.
Spoon on about ½ cup of stuffing. Make sure it is chopped if it is large.
Close the lid and cook for 2-3 minutes. It may take longer depending on how moist your stuffing is. If it is very moist it will need more time. Don’t be afraid to let it cook for a longer time until its is crispy and golden brown on both sides.
Once the stuffing is golden brown on both sides, remove it from the waffle iron.
Repeat for as many waffles as you want to make in the waffle iron.
Top with warmed turkey, fried eggs, cranberry sauce, gravy, or anything you desire.
Tips and Tricks for Leftover Waffles
It is easier to remove smaller waffles vs. large from the iron. If you have a set size for the waffle iron, then you won’t need to worry about this.
You may need a fork to lift the waffle from the waffle iron. Simply loosen all sides before lifting and it should come off cleanly.
If you are using a waffle iron that is not non-stick, be sure to add new cooking spray to both sides of the waffle iron before cooking a new waffle.
If your leftover stuffing waffle breaks apart, it is either too big or not cooked long enough.
Why Are My Waffles Chewy and Tough?
If you’re struggling with making the perfect waffles that are light and fluffy, it may not have anything to do with the ingredients you are adding, but how much you are working the batter.
It can seem difficult to mix all the ingredients together, but it’s not as intimidating as it sounds. Just be sure to add the ingredients quickly so that you don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing the batter will leave you with tough and chewy waffles no matter what ingredients you add to the mixture.
What is the Secret to Making Crispy Leftover Turkey Waffles?
When making these stuffing waffles, you will need to let it cook longer than normal to ensure the stuffing and other ingredients are cooked thoroughly. If you are looking for extra-crispy waffles, you can turn up the heat on your waffle maker at the very end to sear the outsides and seal in the juicy ingredients.
If your waffle maker is not non-stick, you should add oil or cooking spray to make sure your waffles don’t stick and cause a mess. Adding an olive oil based cooking spray or butter can help give you a better golden brown crisp.
There are so many toppings that you can play with in a post-Thanksgiving kitchen. Some of my favorites include gravy, leftover turkey, and cranberry sauce. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even fry or poach an egg to add on top, or add a little bit of turkey bacon for extra saltiness.
- Cranberry sauce
- Leftover gravy
- Leftover turkey
- Fried or poached eggs
Leftover mashed potatoes also make a great waffle topping, especially if you top it with a little bit of fresh parsley or leftover turkey gravy.
Store any leftover waffles covered in the refrigerator for two to three days. Reheat in the microwave until heated through. Be sure to cover in a damp paper towel to avoid letting it dry out. To reheat the waffles in the oven, wrap the waffles in foil and place into a cold oven. Warming up the oven with the waffles inside allows the waffles to slowly come to the right temperature, and the foil will help hold in any moisture that would otherwise escape.
Looking for more leftover recipes? Try my Thanksgiving Gobblerito. IYKYK.
- 2 cups stuffing, leftover stuffing
- waffle iron
- Preheat your waffle iron. Mine is non-stick so I do NOT spray it with cooking spray.
- Remove leftover stuffing from the refrigerator.
- Spoon on about ½ cup of stuffing.
- Close the lid and cook for 2-3 minutes. It may take longer depending on how moist your stuffing is. If it is very moist it will need more time.
- Once the stuffing is golden brown on both sides, remove it from the waffle iron.
- Repeat for as many waffles as you want to make.
- Top with a fried egg, cranberry sauce, gravy, or anything you desire.