Use Your Leftovers for a Post-Thanksgiving Breakfast Instead of Lunch or Dinner

Posted by Annette Bellisari on

Here we are, one day before the food-centric American holiday we call Thanksgiving, and I’m already thinking about breakfast on Friday! As is tradition, many families and friends will gather for a giant feast full of traditional foods tomorrow. And if your house is anything like mine after the Thanksgiving feast, chances are good you’ve got a fridge full of the real treat: leftovers! 

What we do with those leftovers is often dictated by tradition as much as the actual holiday. For example, it can get competitive when we’re deciding who gets to take home the turkey bones to make a thick and comforting turkey stew like my mother always made when we were younger. However, while Thanksgiving leftovers are easy to enjoy as lunch or dinner, don’t forget about the “most important meal of the day.” These delicious leftovers are perfect for revamping breakfast dishes too!

Sure you could fix yourself the same plate you had for dinner and call it breakfast (even though you may have already done that as a before-bed snack the night before), or you could make all of the tried and true Thanksgiving leftover dishes like turkey tetrazzini, turkey ala king, turkey noodle soup, turkey and rice casserole, and so many other yummy dishes. Or this year, you could turn all of those Thanksgiving classics into breakfast foods that could very easily become your next favorite family tradition.

After the big meal, the thought of cooking a nice breakfast could be enough to put you over the edge. Believe me, I get it! But the thing is, you’ll have the workings of a seriously awesome breakfast right there among the stacks of leftovers in your fridge. You just need to know how to put them to use.

You've put in the effort to cook a big roasted turkey and spent hours preparing all those glorious Thanksgiving side dishes—so why let any of it go to waste?! After all, no matter how hard you try to plan your Thanksgiving menu with the perfect amount of food, you almost always end up with extras. Luckily, any leftover turkey, stuffing, or even green bean casserole can be put to good use. 

Fuel up for your Friday of relaxing, visiting with guests, and shopping with these flavor-packed morning meals everyone will love:

Who doesn’t love a breakfast burrito? These popular wraps seem to be on every breakfast menu around, and turkey day leftovers come together simply and beautifully in our Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Burrito which has a little Bellisari’s twist, of course. (

If you have leftover pumpkin puree (or mashed sweet potatoes), mix in some Harvest Ginger Peach Spread to add new life and flavor before mixing with pancake mix or oatmeal. Sprinkle a bit of pumpkin spice in there too, so you can be up-to-date with the popular flavor trend. 😆

These are so delicious that I purposely make extra mashed potatoes whenever I serve them, and of course these seem to always be leftover in abundance after the Thanksgiving meal. Make savory waffles out of your leftover mashed potatoes (because who doesn't love potatoes in any form?). Mix 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes, 1/4 cup flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, and 1/4 cup of Saigon Sauce. Grease waffle maker and place mixture in the middle. Top waffles with bacon and chives. They're essentially large waffle fries! Yum!

This is it folks! The holidays are here; can you believe it? This holiday season, make it easy on yourself without sacrificing flavor; take some of the stress out of preparing and serving tasty dishes to friends and family by using Bellisari’s Gourmet Spreads and Sauces and our handy ready-to-eat phyllo cups. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Bellisari’s!

Turkey breakfast burrito with tomatoes in the background.

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