Leftover Turkey Frittata Recipe

What to do with Thanksgiving leftovers? Cook 'em up with some eggs for a quick and easy breakfast frittata.

Turkey frittata in a cast iron skillet.

Serious Eats / Yasmin Fahr

Why It Works

  • This frittata is the perfect way to use Thanksgiving roast turkey, Brussels sprouts, and green beans, but you can also use fresh vegetables.
  • Starting the skillet on the stovetop and finishing it under the broiler gives you a crispy top.

Thanksgiving's requisite food comas and frantic kitchen projects leave little desire to cook up a storm over the days that follow. But you're faced with the inevitable issue of leftovers. While this is a fantastic problem to have, and can result in amazing day-after sandwiches—anyone remember the Friends episode with the gravy-soaked layer of bread? Definitely spent a few years trying to master that one—it can get a bit tiresome.

Sometimes, I don't want a sandwich, but need to use up the contents of all the tupperware stuffed into the fridge. Enter this easy frittata.

Usually, I just cook up a variety of vegetables, finish them off with eggs and throw the whole thing in the oven or under the broiler for a dinner that comes together in less than 20 minutes. We're going to apply the basics of a frittata using common Thanksgiving leftovers: roast turkey, Brussels sprouts, and green beans. While I opted for fresh vegetables, if you find yourself with a plethora of leftover sides, then feel free to use those—just cut them up and add them with the turkey instead of cooking them ahead of time, and then proceed with the recipe as written. That said, fresh vegetables do give leftovers a lift, so if you have any extra veggies on hand, then I'd definitely recommend adding them in.

When it comes to cooking your frittata, there are various schools of thought, from cooking it on a stovetop to finishing it in the oven or under the broiler to get a crisp top. I'm a fan of starting out on the stovetop and finishing it under the broiler, but if you're having one of those I-just-don't-want-to-deal days, then feel free to turn on the oven to 350°F (180°C), and, after you finish cooking the vegetables and adding the eggs, stick your skillet in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. You just won't get a surface that's quite as crisp.

The stovetop-inclined will want to watch out for the bottom burning, so be careful with the heat and avoid turning it up too high. If you feel like it's burning, then turn on the oven and let it finish in more gentle heat.

November 2013

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups shredded Brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 pound roast turkey, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley, for garnish

Directions

  1. Adjust broiler pan to 6 inches under broil element and preheat broiler to high. Season eggs with salt and pepper and beat until foamy in a medium bowl. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add shallots, jalapeño, and a pinch of salt and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts and green beans and cook until they start to brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.

  2. Add roast turkey to green beans and stir together to warm it through, about 1 minute. Spread ingredients evenly in the bottom of the pan and cover with the beaten eggs. Lower heat to medium, shake pan to make sure it’s evenly covered, then cover and allow to cook until eggs are almost set, 8 to 10 minutes. Place under broiler and cook until the top sets, 1 to 2 minutes. Top with parsley and serve.

Notes

If you have leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving, mix it with a little Dijon mustard to make a tangy dipping sauce for the frittata.