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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Leftover Thanksgiving Stuffing

Leftover stuffing. It may never happen in your house, but if such a phenomenon were to occur, you’d be in luck! There are plenty of great ideas for how to “upcycle” your Thanksgiving stuffing in delicious and sometimes unexpected culinary projects.

Ideas for using leftover stuffing

Here are a few creative ideas for using up leftover stuffing.

We’re your source for creative ideas for what to do with leftover stuffing. 

From leftover stuffing waffles to savory dumpling soup to luscious croissant sandwiches, there’s no shortage of tasty ways to use this Thanksgiving favorite.

1. Leftover stuffing waffles

Leftover stuffing waffles

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Yes, you heard that right. You can mash your leftover stuffing into a well-greased waffle maker, and press until toasty on the edges. It’s an easy way to “upcyle” your leftovers in a delectable and novel breakfast. 

2. Stuffing dumpling soup

Create carb-o-licious orbs out of stuffing in the style of matzoh ball soup with a stuffing dumpling soup recipe. Basically, you just mix your stuffing with a little egg and flour to add structure, and then drop them into a pot of soup. (May we suggest turkey soup, since you might have some leftovers?) They’ll cook in the soup, and will soak up the flavors around it.

3. Top your mac and cheese 

Put stuffing on top of mac and cheese

A baked macaroni and cheese recipe, whether it’s classic or fancy, wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkling of bread crumbs on top. Following Thanksgiving, get creative and sprinkle leftover stuffing on top instead! You can drop it in clumps or crumble the stuffing on top; then bake as usual. You’ll be rewarded with an extra-flavorful mac and cheese casserole. 

4. Stuffing croquettes

Croquettes are basically crispy fried balls of bliss. And in the case of this recipe, the base is made of leftover stuffing. You can combine stuffing with a binder such as oil or egg, mix in flavorings (cheese, leftover turkey, etc.), then fry them in hot oil. With crispy edges and a delicious flavor, these are a perfect appetizer or side dish. 

5. Thanksgiving leftover “pizza”

Thanksgiving leftover pizza

Stuffing — as well as leftover turkey, cranberry sauce and other Thanksgiving classics — can be used to create a delicious pizza. No tomato sauce necessary: Use gravy and cranberry sauce to add moisture to your pie. It might sound strange, but one taste and you’ll be hooked.

6. Make croutons 

Deconstruct your stuffing to make unique croutons. Simply tear your stuffing into chunks, scatter them on a baking sheet, and bake in a 400 F oven until toasty, shifting the crumbs around on the pan once or twice while baking. You’ll be rewarded with flavorful croutons that’ll make salads shine. 

7. Breakfast hash

A traditional “hash” is made by scrambling eggs with potatoes. But in this case, instead of potatoes, use leftover stuffing. It will make a scramble that will please your family following your Thanksgiving feast, and adds a unique flavor to eggs.

8. Thanksgiving leftover croissant

Stuffing leftovers in croissants

Behold, the Thanksgiving leftover croissant! Leave it to the Craftsy instructor of Classic Croissants at Home, Colette Christian, to come up with a brilliant fusion food that combines leftover stuffing and fancy French baking. This beauty combines leftover stuffing, a little cranberry sauce and a sliver of turkey wrapped in a buttery, flaky blanket of croissant dough. Breakfast is served, indeed! 

9. Thanksgiving leftovers cake 

Stuffing in cake

Photo via CakeSpy

This may look like a cake, but the recipe actually yields a deluxe savory meal and creative use of your leftovers. Stuffing forms part of the filling of this “cake,” which can be made using leftover Thanksgiving fixings. The frosting? Mashed potatoes, of course.

10. Savory bread pudding

Stuffing makes savory bread pudding

Photo via CakeSpy

It doesn’t get much easier (or tastier) than this. Use this ratio: 1 cup stuffing : 1 egg : ½ cup milk or cream. Add seasonings or cheese to taste. Mix together, put in a greased Pyrex pan, and let it sit for at least an hour (or up to overnight). Bake at 350 F until set and golden and bubbling, anywhere from 35-50 minutes.

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