Disney Parks are really getting into the holiday spirit, decking out the theme parks in a big way. The Epcot International Festival of the Holidays kicks off Friday, Nov. 27, and chef Kevin Downing has the perfect Thanksgiving leftover recipe that everyone in the family will love: stuffing waffles!

It uses lots of those leftovers – turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes and gravy -- with crispy waffles.

No matter your Thanksgiving traditions, you can make a dish like this vegetarian or vegan, Downing explained. It's all about bringing your Thanksgiving flavors together in one bite.

Leftover stuffing waffles with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and homemade cranberry sauce

PHOTO: Recipe for Leftover Stuffing Waffles with Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Recipe for Leftover Stuffing Waffles with Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Serves 4


For the cranberry sauce:
12 ounces cranberries1 cup sugar1 cup waterZest of 1 orange

For the waffles:
4 1/2 cups leftover stuffing, crumbled2 eggs, beaten1/4 to 1/2 cup heavy creamVegetable oil, for brushing waffle iron

To serve:
1 pound warmed leftover turkey, sliced2 cups warmed leftover mashed potatoes2 cups warmed leftover gravy

For the cranberry sauce:

Stir together cranberries, sugar, water and orange zest in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes, until sugar dissolves and cranberries are soft.

Increase heat to medium and cook about 12 minutes, or until cranberries burst. Cool to room temperature before serving.

For the waffles:

Preheat waffle maker to medium-high. Combine stuffing, eggs and 1/4 cup cream. If mixture is too dry and not spreadable in the waffle maker pockets, add more cream as needed, until mixture is just wet enough to spread.

Generously brush top, bottom and all pockets of waffle maker with oil.

Evenly and firmly pack each pocket of the waffle maker full with stuffing mixture. (Note: If using a mini waffle maker this will make 12 to 14 mini waffles. A larger waffle maker (6 to 8 inches in diameter) will yield six to eight waffles).

Close and cook about 7 to 8 minutes, until golden and the waffles easily lift out of waffle maker.

Place two mini waffles or one large waffle on each plate.

Top each with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce.


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