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Feed Your Thanksgiving Guests Breakfast with These 7 Leftover Recipes

turkey enchilada breakfast bake
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Hosting on the holidays doesn’t end with the celebratory feast. Overnight guests need breakfast too! Luckily, leftovers can make for one impressive morning meal, as long as you know how to reinvent them. And we’ve found seven recipes to prove it!

Egg-Based Breakfasts

The easiest way to feed a crowd breakfast is with a casserole. And, casserole-style dishes are the perfect vehicles for using leftovers. Basically, add eggs and cheese to what you have left in the fridge, and you almost can’t go wrong!

Turkey and Stuffing Breakfast Casserole: It doesn’t get easier than mixing last night’s stuffing, eggs, and shredded turkey in a casserole dish. What makes this recipe delicious, though, is the cream of mushroom soup and melted Swiss Cheese.

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thanksgiving breakfast frittata

Holiday Breakfast Fritatta: This one is technically made to be served on Thanksgiving morning, but we think it’d be even better made the day after a holiday feast. Frittatas are easy, and customizable, making them perfect for a fridge full of leftovers and a house full of guests. Use any leftover cooked veggies you have from the big feast, and top the entire thing with extra cranberry sauce.

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Green Bean Quiche: If you have leftover green bean casserole, then this is an easy choice for breakfast. With the addition of slivered almonds, this one’s reminiscent of the classic green bean almandine but ready for breakfast instead of dinner.

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Leftover Holiday Strata: A strata is basically a savory bread pudding. It’s sort of like the frittata above decided to carb load for a marathon. And, it tastes just as good as that sounds. You can use leftover stuffing to make it, or any stale bread will do!

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Creative Crowd-Feeding

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If an egg-filled casserole isn’t what you’re craving, try some of these unique leftover-based breakfasts instead. They’re still easy to make for a crowd, and they’ll still use up all those holiday extras.

Leftover Turkey Breakfast Enchiladas: Traditional American holiday food can lack when it comes to the spice drawer. Typical flavors like rosemary and sage just don’t quite pop the way more worldly spices can. Mixing leftover turkey with spicy enchilada sauce is a nice contrast to the wholly American feast from the night before.

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Turkey and Egg Oven Sliders: This is also known as a sandwich casserole. It’s really just a bunch of turkey, egg, and cheese stuffed slider buns uniformly lined up inside a casserole dish. That way, you can easily make breakfast sandwiches for a crowd! If you didn’t roast a turkey, this one works great with leftover ham too!

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Turkey, Avocado, Cranberry, Brie, and Mashed Potato Waffle Melts: Alright, so you’ll need to keep the waffle maker going all morning to serve these to a crowd. But, rest assured, we wouldn’t include them if we didn’t think it was worth the effort. This take on the breakfast sandwich is wild, not only for its use of waffles but because those waffles are made with leftover mashed potatoes!

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Be sure to bookmark your favorite crowd-friendly, leftover-based breakfast for this year’s day-after. But remember, if you wake up a bit groggy from last night’s celebrations, piling all the leftovers on a plate and throwing it in the microwave is perfectly acceptable. And, if even that’s too much, we think leftover pumpkin pie might make the best breakfast of all!

Lauren Sakiyama Lauren Sakiyama
Lauren Sakiyama is a freelance writer with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. She has managed restaurants, country clubs, and large-scale event operations, but her passion has always been about the food. Read Full Bio »
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