I had a really lovely Thanksgiving this year. We’re watching our niece all week while my sister and brother-in-law carelessly fleeted off to the Caribbean to prance around blissfully child-free. Bless them. And us. So despite the crazy factor, we fried our own turkey (two, actually) which was one of the best decisions I believe I’ve ever made. Ranks right up there next to deciding to accept the rock my now-husband gave me when he proposed, but that is neither here nor there. He’s too dreamy, I couldn’t say no anyway.
Leftovers are one of the best parts of thanksgiving! We have a couple different ideas here on the blog already for you, and this here post is another one. BLTs are great, yeah? When in doubt, add avocado. And a soft fried egg. And leftover turkey. On a crisp, cheesy waffle.
I feel like this is a breakfast, lunch, or dinner kinda thing. Or even second dinner, I won’t judge. Throw in some pie on the side.
I used to be afraid of drippy eggs. Fry the egg (in bacon grease of course) until the bottom is set and the edges have a nice, crisp little shell. Flip it over gently with a spatula and let the other side cook for just 30 seconds or so, then take it off the heat. The outside will cook just a bit, leaving the inside warm and gooey and just begging to drip into every crevice. It’s totally safe and totally delicious.
Treat your guests to this impressive alternative to turkey leftovers. Or yourself after a long weekend of shopping. Holla!
- warmed shredded turkey, 1 1/2-2 cups
- 7 eggs, separated
- 2 c milk
- 2 c flour
- 1 T baking powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/4 t sugar
- 1/3 c oil
- 1 1/2 shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 pound bacon
- 2 avocados
- 2 tomatoes
- romaine lettuce leaves
- mayonaise (optional)
- Cook bacon slices until crisp, set aside on paper towel to drain.
- Slice avocados, tomatoes, lettuce.
- Prepare waffles by preheating waffle iron. Separate 2 of the eggs, leaving whites in one bowl. In second bowl, place 2 yolks and whisk. Whisk in milk, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, oil, and cheese.
- Beat egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently fold stiff egg whites into waffle batter.
- Make waffles.
- Fry the remaining 5 eggs in the bacon grease, keeping them separate and not crowding the pan (probably 2-3 at a time). Fry on medium heat until the bottoms are set (a couple minutes), flip over and let cook another 30 seconds or so, just until the outer edge is set. Inside will still be soft.
- Assemble sandwiches by layering waffle, lettuce, avocado, warm turkey, tomato, bacon, soft fried egg, and top with another waffle.
*waffle recipe lightly adapted from my waffle maker's recipe book