I can’t imagine a better way to use up leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey than the Ultimate Leftover Turkey Breakfast Sandwich. Holiday turkey layered over a patty of mashed potatoes and stuffing, melted provolone, and topped with a fried egg.
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Let’s get real here. Sandwiches are hands down the best way to use up your holiday dinner leftovers. And there are a zillion ways to put leftover turkey on bread. But, leftover turkey turned breakfast sandwich ideas are a little bit harder to find. So I made one myself!
Reasons I love this idea:
- Leftover Holiday Food
- Put ’em together
Pro-tip: Best with SMOKED turkey.
Here’s our post-Thanksgiving Black Friday holiday food shopping turkey (aka our cheap turkey). We used our ceramic charcoal grill and loosely followed this Smoked Whole Turkey Recipe from Blackberry Babe. I don’t think we’ll be cooking a turkey any other way in the future. It’s that good.
The All-Important Mashed Potato Stuffing Pancake
Stuffing is my favorite Thanksgiving leftover. Mashed potatoes are a close second. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve put them together with turkey and cranberry sauce to make a super classic leftover lunch sandwich.
But there’s always been one problem. The stuffing FALLS OUT LIKE MAD. I’ve tried pressing the layer of stuffing into the layer of mashed potatoes (sort of like… glue?), but it wasn’t a perfect solution.
Basically I was always eating the leftover sandwiches half as a sandwich and half off of my plate in small pieces that fell out of the sandwich (a fork may have been involved).
So for my holiday leftover breakfast masterpiece, I decided to pre-mix the two, and fry them in a pancake (see below ⬇️).
Place cheese on top. Toast that bread, then layer the turkey, and top with that fried egg just how you like it.
Success! 95% of my sandwich stayed on the bread. Hold from the bottom people!!
Now, I know Thanksgiving is over (thank you for alerting me, dear old checker who was very concerned about my post-Thanksgiving stuffing purchase), but maybe you make a big turkey for Christmas too.
In that case, good news! This leftover turkey breakfast sandwich idea is totally applicable in both November AND December. No one will judge you. I approve of leftovers being consumed in any fashion. Cheers to holiday leftovers!
More breakfast recipes from Project Meal Plan:
- 5 Make-Ahead Fruit & Greek Yogurt Parfait Ideas to Try for Breakfast
- Make-Ahead Freezer Friendly Breakfast Burritos
- Pumpkin Pie Greek Yogurt Pancakes
The best use of your holiday leftovers! A stuffing and mashed potato pancake, turkey, and provolone cheese topped with a fried egg!
- 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes
- 1 cup leftover stuffing/dressing
- 2 slices provolone cheese
- 8 ounces leftover turkey meat (my favorite is smoked turkey!)
- 2 large eggs
- 4 slices whole wheat bread
- 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
- non-stick cooking spray
- salt/pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl, combine leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes until well mixed.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Divide the potato stuffing mixture in half, and use your hands to form each half into a large oval shape, around half an inch thick. The patties should be similar to the shape and size of your bread. Place patties directly onto the hot skillet. Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp on the outside, then flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes until browned. Add cheese after flipping.
- While the patties continue to cook, place your leftover turkey in the pan around your patties. Flip turkey pieces after 2 minutes and cook until completely warmed.
- Use your toaster to toast the bread to your preferred color of toastiness.
- Assemble the sandwich to this point. A lot of the previous steps can be multitasked, but give the eggs your full attention! Coat a nonstick pan with cooking spray and place over low heat. Crack eggs gently into the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes or until the whites are cooked through. Egg options: 1) Remove from pan for soft yolks (like the pictures!). 2) Flip eggs and cook for another minute for less soft yolk. 3) Flip, cut yolks and cook for another minute for loosely scrambled eggs.
- Place cooked eggs on top of assembled sandwiches, add the last piece of bread and enjoy!
Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal and is highly variable based on cooking methods of all leftovers used in the recipe.
- Serving Size: 1 sandwich
- Calories: 650
- Sugar: 6g
- Fat: 20g
- Carbohydrates: 56g
- Protein: 64g
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