Monday, November 23, 2015

Turkey & Stuffing Waffle

This Stuffing Waffle topped with turkey and cranberry sauce is a creative way to serve your Thanksgiving meal leftovers. 
This Stuffing Waffle topped with turkey and cranberry sauce is a creative way to serve your Thanksgiving feast leftovers
One of my favorite aspects of a traditional Thanksgiving feast is the meal of leftovers I can expect to eat the following day.  For some reason, many of the dishes just taste better the next day. Why is that?  Plus a large Thanksgiving day prep is like an automatic meal prep for the remainder of the week.  You don't have to worry about your meal choices - it will be turkey, turkey, and more turkey.

After a few days, the long awaited Thanksgiving leftovers can become a bit monotonous.  Today's recipe for a Turkey and Stuffing Waffle is a game changer for Thanksgiving leftovers!  The leftover stuffing is put into a waffle iron to form a waffle. The Stuffing Waffle is topped with cranberry sauce, turkey slices, turkey gravy, and a herb of choice.  Move over turkey sandwich, the Stuffing Waffle will now handle the leftovers.

The preparation for the waffle is minimal.  All you need to do is mix the leftover stuffing with a small amount of scrambled egg.  The amount of egg could slightly vary depending on the moistness of the stuffing.  I tested out the waffle with different amounts of egg. Including less egg resulted in a more crumbly waffle, while more egg resulted in an airier and cake-like waffle.

Most Americans struggle with overeating during the holiday season.   The overabundance of food (especially leftovers) doesn't help the cause.  This waffle is served up in a single serving portion controlled manner.  Pair the waffle with a steamed or broiled green vegetable for a completely balanced meal.  To keep calories in check, try not to pair with a vegetable that is part of a casserole or cream based recipe.

No leftovers for you? Maybe you are not cooking and being invited out this Thanksgiving. You can still enjoy this recipe.  Purchase pre-cooked turkey slices, pre-made cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, and a box of stuffing from your local grocery store. The only item that needs preparation is the stuffing.  Trust me it will still be good - this is how I tested out the recipe!

What do you have planned for Thanksgiving?!  It doesn't look like I will be cooking this year, but check out some of my favorite Thanksgiving sides from the past few years!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey and Stuffing Waffle

by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-10 minutes
Keywords: entree protein
Ingredients (1 waffle)
  • 3/4 - 1 cup cooked stuffing
  • 1 tbsp egg
  • 3 oz turkey (about 3 slices)
  • turkey gravy
  • cranberry sauce
  • optional: fresh herbs
1. Heat waffle iron (a square waffle iron was used for this recipe)
2. Combine stuffing and egg (may need to use hands to combine)
3. Spoon stuffing mixture into waffle iron. Take a fork to press down stuffing into iron and evenly spread covering entire square.
4. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until waffle shape is well formed and outside of waffle is browned.
5. While the waffle is cooking, heat up the cranberry sauce, turkey, and turkey gravy with re-heating method of choice. Make sure not to overcook turkey.
6. Carefully remove waffle from iron and put on a plate. Initially, waffle will be easily breakable, however once removed from iron will firm up
7. Spoon desired amount of cranberry sauce on waffle
8. Top with turkey slices
9. Spoon desired amount of turkey gravy
10. Optional: top with fresh herbs
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