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Leftover Turkey Frittata Recipe

Leftover Turkey Frittata Recipe2


Thanksgiving leftovers are a funny beast.

We spend weeks crafting a menu, days of prep, countless hours of cooking and then freak out about what to do with it all the next day. I do that same thing, even though leftovers on their own are fantastic. Maybe it’s because, even after hours and days and weeks of prep, we still feel "lazy" just reheating the tupperware containers and setting it out on the table.

Even though I will chow down on cold beer brined turkey and left over dinner rolls in those post dawn hours, it’s still not hyper socially expectable to serve mashed potatoes and leftover turkey for breakfast. But throw some chopped up rolls and a few handfuls of turkey into a skillet with some eggs and you’ve got brunch.

And you should serve it with a mimosa, you’ve earned it

Leftover Turkey Frittata Recipe


  • 3 tbs butter
  • 2 cups bread cut into cubes (leftover dinner rolls work well)
  • 1 cup turkey, cut into cubes
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup green onion, chopped


  1. Preheat oven 400.
  2. Melt the butter in a 9-inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  3. Add the bell peppers, cook until softened.
  4. Add the bread cubes, cooking until browned.
  5. Add the turkey, toss to coat.
  6. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sour cream, salt and pepper.
  7. Pour into the skillet, sprinkle with green onions.
  8. Cook undisturbed until the sides have set, about 5 minutes.
  9. Bake at 400 until until center has set, about 12 minutes.

Leftover Turkey Frittata Recipe


Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with Bacon Hollandaise

I think we know each other well enough by now that I don’t have to try and pretend. If a dish is easy, I’ll tell you. If it’s quick, I’ll tell you. If it’s healthy, I’ll tell you.

This is none of those things. It is, however, worth the effort. It’s a special occasion breakfast to keep in your back pocket, for, you know, if Bradley Cooper stops by for breakfast. It could happen.

It’s actually not that difficult. Although, I do hesitate to say that since my "not that difficult" is someone else’s "Oh my GOD, is she nuts??"

But really, you can do this. I even gave you a food processor version of a hollandaise, which is SUPER easy, you don’t even have to worry about turning your sauce into scrabbled eggs, which is what I did the first time I tried to make it the traditional way.

If you want to make this in stages, you can assemble the crab cakes ahead of time, put them on a plate, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and then cook the following day. You can also make the sauce ahead of time, and then reheat slowly in a double boiler. You can EVEN replace the poached eggs with fried eggs to make it even easier. But really, it’s not that difficult.

And I believe in you.

I think all food people have a small stash of items that we buy at Gourmet Food Stores that we save for special recipes. Spices, the good salt in those fancy containers, crab meat, things like that. This is a recipe I found worthy of breaking into my Gourmet Food Store stash. Rare for a breakfast recipe, but this one made the cut.

Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with Bacon Hollandaise


For The Crab Cakes:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbs melted butter
  • 8 oz lump crab meat
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs, plus one cup divided
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp Old Bay seasoning

For the Hollandaise:

  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tbs lemon
  • pinch cayenne
  • 4 eggs (for poaching)

Makes 4 servings


  1. Combine all the crab cake ingredients in a bowl (reserving one cup of Panko for the coating). Form into 4 patties, about 1 inch thick. Place remaining Panko in a bowl. One at a time, place the patties in the Panko and press until well coated on all sides with bread crumbs. Place on a plate and refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a pan over medium high heat, cook the bacon, turing frequently, until crispy and cooked trough. Remove the bacon and set aside. Once the bacon is removed, add the crab cakes to the pan, cooking in the bacon grease until golden brown on the underside, flip carefully and cook on the other side until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from heat.
  3. In a food processor, add the bacon, process until only crumbs are left. Add the egg yolks and process for about 3 minutes. Melt the butter in a pot on the stove (or in the microwave) until hot and steaming. While the food processor is running, slowly, slowly add the butter until well combined with the yolks. Add the lemon and the cayenne, process until combined. If your sauce is too thick, add water to thin, about a teaspoon at a time.
  4. Poach the eggs in simmering water.
  5. Place one crab cake on each plate, top with poached egg, then sauce.






Breakfast Galette

I was giving Tater a bath tonight and thinking about how much I love bath time. Thinking, "It’s the little things.."

Little things? I thought about all the things that we always refer to as the "Little things," warm bed, hot bath, clean clothes. Sure they’re little, If you HAVE them.

If you don’t have them they are huge gigantic things. The biggest things ever.

I wonder how many women all over the world would love nothing more than to give their babies a warm bath, with lots of soap, and then put them to sleep in a clean warm bed. Then I felt like crap for calling it a "little thing," when I what I should have thought was "A thing I have never thought to appreciate because I have always had it and am taking it for granted almost every day- thing."

Why do we have it so backwards? We call water and soap a SMALL thing, and what gets that label of BIG are things like yachts and fancy cars, exotic vacationing.

We are wrong.

You can live your entire life NOT having a yacht and be perfectly happy, it never even occurring to you how incredibly yacht-less you are. Try to do that with water and soap.

Having a baby has turned me into a big weeping mess. It used to take quite a bit to make me cry. I’d hide my dry eyes at weddings, feel like a freak for NOT crying when I watched a show about a baby being born, or when I heard a story that didn’t end well. My internal reaction was more along the lines of, "Am I supposed to cry? When’s lunch?"

Now, I cry over everything. I can’t even watch Undercover Boss without mascara stained cheeks an hour later. And don’t even let me think about Extreme Home Makeover. Mr Fits is the same way, he spent the 20 years previous to Taters birth without one tear and now, when I write the lyrics to Loudon Wainwright’s song, Daughter on his Fathers Day card…

About 4 weeks after Tater was born I read about a charity that gave clean birthing supplies and a new, warm outfit to women in third world countries. About four lines in a side bar and I was a mess. My own birth story, 17 hours of unmedicated natural labor, was still blissfully fresh in my mind. I was so happy that I was able to do it the way I had planed, it never occurred to me that the "lucky" part had nothing to do with my birth plan. I had TEN baby outfits packed in my hospital bag, and there were women out there that didn’t even have ONE! Giving birth with dirty supplies and nothing to put the baby in??!! Ugh. I sobbed. "Little things" my ass.

They way I see it, most of us do have the Big Things. That pair of shoes you can’t afford, the fancy car you will probably never drive, that gorgeous leather sofa: all small things. When you are 80 years old, and you look back on your life, you won’t even remember them.

But what you will remember is the time you spent with your family. And for me, the luxury of Saturday Morning Family Breakfast is a HUGE thing, because I would miss it. I would ache for it if I ever live a life where I can’t do that for my family. But right now, I am grateful and happy to have all the Big Things, and one of those is breakfast.

Breakfast Galette


2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

6 tbs of butter

6 tbs shortening

1/3 cup ice cold water


1/2 a large red bell pepper, chopped (about 1/3 cup)

1/2 cup fresh, chopped spinach

1/4 cup  crumbled breakfast sausage, raw, removed from casing (about 4 links)

Safest Choice eggs, yolks and whites sperated

1 tsp Kosher salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded

In a food processor, combine 1 1/3 cup flour, salt, sugar, then add the butter and shortening, process until well combined. Add the remaining flour and process again until combined. Transfer to a bowl and add the water with a wooden spoon (don’t add the water while the dough is in the food processor or your dough will be brittle and cracker-like). If the dough isn’t moist enough, you can add more water, a tsp at a time until the consistency is right. Form dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours. I like to make the dough the night before, it takes about 10 minutes to throw this together, so it’s easy to do the night before.

Preheat your oven to 375.

Once the dough is chilled, roll into a “rustic” circle. The great thing about a Galette is that an odd shape looks charming, don’t worry about making it too perfect. Transfer to a baking sheet, or a pizza stone, covered with parchment paper.

Top the center with the spinach, bell peppers and sausage.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg whites, salt and pepper. Pour into the center, over the filling (you my need another pair of hands for this) immediately fold up the edges, covering some of the filling but leaving the center open. Sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the whites are set.

Add the yolks to the center, bake again for 3-5 minutes. You still want the yolks to be runny. I just found out about Safest Choice Eggs, they’re pasteurized which removes the risk of salmonella poisoning. One less thing to worry about.

Cut into 4-6 pieces. Serve warm.

Printable version: Breakfast Galette 

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