Leftover Stuffing Patties
I love all holidays, but for someone who loves food and cooking, Thanksgiving is a day that is almost as perfect as you can get. Food and family are the absolute center of the day. You spend sometimes weeks in advance planning, buying groceries, and prepping for one meal that disappears in a matter of minutes. Well, maybe it doesn’t disappear completely. Thanksgiving has a way of giving us plenty to eat and there usually seems to be leftovers. Every year, I try to find new and inventive ways to use up extra turkey, mashed potatoes, and etc. This year, I am sharing this recipe for Leftover Stuffing Patties.
Until now that is.
A few years ago, I was staring at an unbelievable amount of leftover dressing in my fridge. Besides already being on day 3 of re-heating the whole Thanksgiving meal…turkey, potatoes, stuffing, casseroles, and pies.
I had also used part of the dressing in my favorite Leftover Thanksgiving Soup!
(Trust me that one is a tried and true leftover favorite!)
The idea came to me! What if I could use up some of this stuffing for breakfast.
So I took out some stuffing, crumbled it up into smaller pieces, tossed in a couple eggs and flour to bind the mixture, and shaped into patties.
Ta-Dah! A delicious and hearty breakfast came to be!
I should put a disclaimer on this recipe.
Everyone’s stuffing/dressing recipes are different.
Some are dry and chunky. Others are moist and small pieces.
I find that the smaller pieces hold together better in this recipe. So if you have big pieces of bread or sausage in your stuffing. Try chopping them up a little finer and you should be good to go!
Leftover Stuffing Patties
- 2 – 2 1/2 cups Leftover Stuffing or Dressing
- 2 – 3 Eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup Flour
- Oil for Frying
If your leftover stuffing or dressing has big chunks, gently chop into smaller pieces. Course crumb to pea sized should work well.
Then add in a couple slightly beaten eggs and flour. Start off with the smaller range of measurements. Then add more eggs or flour as needed. The stuffing should hold together in a small ball when the consistency is correct.
Next, take a small handful of the stuffing mixture (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup) form into a ball and then flatten into a patty.
In a skillet, pour 2-3 Tbsp of oil and heat over medium. Once the oil is hot enough, place a couple patties into the skillet. Once browned, gently flip and allow the other side to brown.
Remove the cooked and browned patties to a paper towel to drain. Serve warm.
- As the patties come out of the skillet, I place them on a baking sheet in a 300F oven to keep warm.
- Sometimes I will place the formed (un-cooked) patties in the freezer for 15-30 minutes in order to firm up and hold together during the fry.
- The key is to start on the low side of all the listed measurements. Add ingredients, until a ball of stuffing can be formed and hold its shape.