Thanksgiving Leftovers…For Breakfast!


Thanksgiving dinner comes with it the promise of a few weeks of Thanksgiving leftovers. And while there is nothing wrong with a standard turkey sandwich, we wanted to offer some new ideas for your Thanksgiving leftovers. 

Why not have them for breakfast!

By adding a few extra ingredients and a little creativity, you can repurpose your delicious turkey, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry sauce into something truly unique and special. Perfect, especially if you have guests staying with you over the holiday weekend!

Here are 3 yummy ways to incorporate your Thanksgiving leftovers into a delicious breakfast or brunch that will have everyone saying, “WOW!”


Turkey Lover’s Quiche

thanksgiving leftover breakfast ideasThe great thing about quiche is that you can incorporate anything you like into it! We chose turkey, ham, and leftover Thanksgiving veggies. But feel free to add in whatever leftovers you have have!

  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup left over ham, cut into cubes or bacon, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of left over Thanksgiving vegetables, or veggies of your choice
  • 7 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
  • 1 cup grated cheese of your choice (we recommend Gruyère cheese)
  • 1 tbsp freshly cut chives
  • 1 9″ pie crust

In a skillet, melt butter with olive oil over medium-low heat. Add bacon or ham and cook until crispy. Remove bacon/ham from pan and set aside, leaving the fat in the pan. Turn up the heat to medium and add in onions. Cook until brown and caramelized. Add in the left over veggies and cook until softened and warm. Add in the turkey and ham and cooked until everything is warmed through and browned slightly. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a bowl add in eggs and cream and whisk until completely combined and homogeneous. Add in cheese and chives and mix to combined. Now add in the cooled leftover turkey and veggie mixture from the pan into the egg mixture. Stir until everything is well combined.

Pour this mixture into a 9″ pie crust and bake at 400 degrees F for 1 hour, or until the center of the quiche is completely set. If the top of the quiche seems to be browning too fast, move the pan to a lower rack or cover with tin foil.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool and set for 10 minutes before serving.


Flakey Sweet Potato Casserole Pop Tarts

thanksgiving leftover breakfast ideas

  • 1 cup leftover sweet potato casserole
  • 1 package store bought puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp water or cream
  • 1 cup Marshmallow Glaze, click for recipe

Preheat Oven to 350 degree F. Prepare a sheet pan with a layer of parchment paper.

Unwrap both sheets of puff pastry dough on a floured surface and use a rolling pin to stretch the dough. Cut dough into 12 even rectangles (each sheet should provide 6 rectangles).

Prepare egg wash. Add the egg and cream/water to a small bowl and beat to combine. Set aside.

Place one rectangle onto the baking sheet. Add ~2 tbsp of casserole to the center of the dough. Wet the edges of the dough with the egg wash. Cover the filling with a second puff pastry rectangle. Using a fork, crimp the edges together, sealing the filling inside. Using a knife, make two small slits in the top of the pastry to allow steam to escape during cooking.

Repeat with the rest of the pastry and filling. Once the pastries are assembled, brush the pastries with egg wash (this will turn them golden brown in the oven.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Dip the top side or drizzle the tops with the marshmallow glaze. Allow the glaze to cool and harden and serve! Great warm or at room temperature!


Orange Cranberry Sauce Parfaits

thanksgiving leftover breakfast ideas

  • 2 cups plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • Granola or cereal
  • Dried cranberries, toasted, pecans, or chocolate chips for garnish.

Mix yogurt, honey, vanilla, and orange zest together in a small bowl.

Grab your serving glasses and start to layer!

Start with your yogurt mixture. Fill half the glass with yogurt. Then add in a few spoonfuls of cranberry sauce. Then top with granola. Repeat with more yogurt, cranberry, and granola.

Garnish with dried cranberries, toasted pecans or other toppings of your choice (chocolate chips would be great too!)


Try out a few of these Thanksgiving Leftover Breakfast Ideas this weekend!
Let us know what you think!


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