Wondering what to do with leftover stuffing? Give your Thanksgiving leftovers a makeover into the best ever stuffing waffles for an easy, but flavor-packed brunch recipe that the whole family will love! Ours are made with leftover cornbread dressing, but honestly you can use any type of leftover stuffing recipe.
These leftover stuffing waffles have a crispy exterior, yet are light and airy in texture. Plus, you can top them with fried eggs! Best breakfast recipe ever? We kinda think so!
Want to use up additional Thanksgiving leftovers? You can top this stuffing waffles recipe with everything from crisped up leftover turkey (just pull the meat, then heat it up in a skillet with a tiny bit of butter), to a schmear of cranberry sauce, to a generous drizzle of turkey gravy.
If you are a lover of savory brunch, this one’s for you!
Ingredients For Leftover Stuffing Waffles
Making leftover stuffing waffles is easy, easy, easy! You can use whatever your favorite Thanksgiving stuffing recipe is (for us, that’s this cornbread dressing recipe!) and some large eggs. That’s all you need to make the waffle batter.
As far as toppings, that’s really up to you! We recommend fried eggs, so grab a few extra eggs for that. Otherwise, a sprinkle of fresh parsley is all that’s needed.
You can certainly add other Thanksgiving leftovers if you’re looking to use them up. Fresh or jarred cranberry sauce? Yep. Turkey that’s been crisped in a pan? Totally! A drizzle of turkey gravy? Yes, please!!
You’ll definitely need a waffle maker to enjoy these stuffing waffles at home. We have this Breville 4-slice waffle maker, but if you’re working with a single or double waffle iron, just work in batches!
How To Make Stuffing Waffles
This stuffing waffles recipe could not be simpler to make. It takes a total of 5 minutes to prep!! Yes, you read that correctly.
- Whisk eggs in a large bowl.
- Add the leftover stuffing — we recommend reheating it for 30-60 seconds in a microwave just so it’s easier to mix with the eggs, but it’s totally optional.
- Stir together until the stuffing is evenly coated.
- Cook the stuffing waffles in a hot waffle iron until golden brown and puffed up. They’re ready after about 4 minutes of cooking!
While the waffles cook, fry some eggs.
To assemble the stuffing waffles, simply plate ’em up, spread with butter if you’re into that (we are!), then top with a fried egg and some chopped parsley!
Can I Use Regular Stuffing Instead Of Cornbread Stuffing?
Yes, you can use any type of leftover stuffing or dressing you’ve got! We haven’t tried this with our Focaccia Stuffing yet, but that’s next on our list!
And actually… if you want to combine this with our best ever Fried Chicken and Waffles recipe, you could top these with Southern fried chicken!! How amazing would that be?!
Tips For Making Stuffing Waffles
- Reheat stuffing slightly before mixing the batter. A quick 30-60 seconds in a microwave will make the stuffing (or dressing) easier to mix with the eggs.
- These stuffing waffles are best right away, but if you wind up with leftovers (the irony) you can freeze them for up to 3 months, then reheat in a toaster oven later on. In fact, to scale up the recipe and intentionally have leftovers, just allot ½ cup stuffing + 1 egg per waffle, then increase the overall quantity from there.
Truly the best leftover stuffing recipe! It is seriously quick to pull this together– which is very important coming off of the busiest cooking holiday of the year — and so flavorful. If you make this Stuffing Waffles recipe, please let us know by leaving a review and rating below!
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For additional Thanksgiving recipes, check out the following:
- Cinnamon Applesauce
- Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie
- Cheddar and Sage Biscuits with Honey and Rye
- Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash with Shiitakes and Apples
- Milk Bar’s Crack Pie
- Sage and Garlic Hasselback Butternut Squash
- Bourbon-Whipped Butternut Squash Mash with Crispy Sage and Parmesan
Leftover Cornbread Stuffing Waffles Recipe
- 4 large eggs plus more if serving waffles with fried eggs on top
- 2 cups leftover stuffing
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Parsley finely chopped, for garnish
- Kosher salt if frying eggs
- Freshly ground black pepper if frying eggs
- Beat the eggs. Place eggs in a large mixing bowl, then whisk.
- Mix in the stuffing. Place leftover stuffing in a bowl or on a plate, then reheat slightly, about 30-60 seconds in a microwave. This step is optional, but makes it easier to stir the stuffing. Add stuffing to the eggs, this mix well until thoroughly combined.
- Cook the waffles. Heat a waffle iron until hot. Spray with nonstick cooking spray, then pour ½ cup batter into each waffle mold (or work in batches if you have a single or double waffle maker). Cook for about 4 minutes, until golden brown and puffy.
- Optional: Fry eggs: While waffles are cooking (or cooling), fry up the eggs. Heat a nonstick pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Coat with nonstick cooking spray or 1 Tbsp olive oil, then crack eggs and season each with a little Kosher salt and black pepper. Cook to desired doneness.
- Serve immediately. Top waffles with a fried egg, then serve immediately with a sprinkle of chopped parsley. Other optional toppings: butter, syrup, leftover turkey, turkey gravy, crispy fried onions or shallots.
- Nutrition facts do not include fried eggs.
- While not necessary, reheating the leftover stuffing makes it easier to mix with the eggs.
- To freeze: cook waffles, then allow to cool to room temperature. Freeze for up to 3 months, then reheat in a toaster over until warm throughout when ready to eat.
This post was originally published in November 2018 and has since been updated with tips, tricks, and new photos to help make it easier to create at home. See below for an original photo!