Monday, November 21, 2016

Guest Post: Thanksgiving Leftover Stuffing Waffles

Our cousin Jessica is returning - already! - to our blog, after commenting on my Thanksgiving Roundup with a mention of something that sounded so glorious I couldn't resist posting for you before the big day.
True to my cooking roots – I started googling recipes for “stuffing waffles” based on a whim last Thanksgiving. I combined a couple of recipes to come up with the following! It’s best if you have two or three people to assist you in the process. There are a lot of moving parts.

Using this stuffing:

With this cheese sauce:

Ingredients – this will make enough for 6 people:
2 cups whole wheat bread (preferably from the bakery, processed bread takes longer to dry)
1 cup white bread
1/2 cup onion, diced finely
1/2 cup celery, diced finely
1/2 lb ground pork sausage with sage (If you can't find ground and/or it comes in a casing, remove the casing first)
1/2 tsp dried sage, rosemary & thyme
2 Tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
1 apple, cored and diced into small chunks
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1/4- 1/2 cup chicken stock
2 or 3 cups of leftover gravy
All the leftover turkey you want!
8 ounces grated Comté or gruyère cheese
1 pound sliced roast turkey breast
1 tablespoon butter
6 eggs
Left over Cranberry sauce

Make your stuffing for Thanksgiving – but make sure you double the recipe - it’s so good that its hard to have left overs. (following the rules from my previous post for making the stuffing, only this time I did use the bread so that it would stick together in the waffle iron.)

The day after Thanksgiving – re-moisten your stuffing. You want it to be fairly sticky. You can do this by adding extra chicken stock. Set aside.

This is where it’s helpful to have more than one person.

Heat up your waffle iron and start cranking out waffles. Remember that this is not a batter – you need a larger serving of stuffing on the waffle iron to get a full waffle. It’s best if you have a Belgium waffle maker. While you are doing that, someone else needs to make the cheese sauce – Heat up your gravy and whisk in all of the yummy cheese – it needs to be constantly whisked until fully melted.

As the waffles are come off the iron, place them on a nonstick pan and put your turkey on top followed by a ladle of cheese sauce and some remaining grated cheese if you have it. Broil it until the cheese is very melty.

Meanwhile – fry your eggs. You will want them to be slightly runny in the yolk.

Bring out the waffles, top with the egg, followed by more cheese sauce, and then top with cranberry. The cranberry helps cut the richness of the meal.

Free to add your favorites on top! A scoop of mashed or sweet potatoes, green beans, etc would go amazing.

EAT! It’s best if you eat it while piping hot.

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