Thanksgiving Leftover Waffles

Thanksgiving Leftover Waffles - Savory buttermilk and herb waffles topped with Havarti cheese, and leftover turkey and cranberries! |

I’ve been waiting on pins and needles to share this recipe with you for a year now. I created these savory waffles for a client just before Thanksgiving last year, and instantly decided it was one of the most delicious meals I’d ever concocted. But it just didn’t make it to the blog in time for you to enjoy with your holiday leftovers last year. Thus, I’ve been cautiously guarding the recipe and photo files and just waiting for this day. TODAY! Happy Sunday before Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Leftover Waffles - Savory buttermilk and herb waffles topped with Havarti cheese, and leftover turkey and cranberries! |

I’ll be spending today making sure I have all the groceries I need for Thursday, and doing a bit of prep work according to my “Step-By-Step Guide for Prepping Ahead, So You Can Relax on Thanksgiving!” post, like making the cranberry sauce. Beyond that, I’m just going to chill out today, because the week ahead is about to get crazy! It’s a cooking marathon, but I love it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

For my this Thanksgiving leftover recipe, I created savory buttermilk waffles fortified with whatever herbs you have left over from the big day (I used parsley, sage and rosemary). I topped the waffles with Havarti cheese, and leftover cranberry sauce and turkey. Gravy is optional here, but if you have some on hand, drizzle that over the top, too! I mean, why not?

Thanksgiving Leftover Waffles - Savory buttermilk and herb waffles topped with Havarti cheese, and leftover turkey and cranberries! |

Thanksgiving Leftover Waffles

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


For the waffles:

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

For the toppings:

  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Havarti Cheese Slices
  • Sliced Roasted Turkey, warmed
  • Gravy, warmed (optional)
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley for garnish


  1. Make the waffles: Preheat waffle maker to medium-high heat. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. In large bowl, whisk together egg yolks, buttermilk and butter. In small bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar; whisk flour mixture into buttermilk mixture.
  2. In separate medium bowl, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Using rubber spatula, fold egg whites, parsley, sage and rosemary into buttermilk mixture until just combined. Do not overmix.
  3. In batches, transfer waffle batter to waffle maker and cook until golden brown and crisp, according to waffle maker instructions. Transfer waffles to wire rack set on baking sheet and keep warm in oven while cooking remaining waffles.
  4. Serve waffles warm with toppings of choice.


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  1. Love these, Lori! I have a few recipes that I’ve been hoarding as well. So glad that you shared these gorgeous waffles with us! 

  2. Those are some yummy looking waffles!

  3. Yum! I’ve been waiting for the recipe since I saw this on SS forum. Waffles with turkey and cranberry sauce sounds so delish!

  4. Oh, my gosh, your herbed waffles sound amazing! Then to make such a divine sandwich??? Swooning.

  5. Geez, you’ve been holding out on us with this recipe for a YEAR?!! That takes some serious willpower, girl. What a fantastic idea!

  6. These waffles look gorgeous! They sound delicious too!

  7. Didn’t think “leftovers” could look this great! Can’t wait to take a bite of these waffles! Yummo!!!

     Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  8. Okay, so you’re like a million times better than me because you made your waffles from scratch…and I was all about taking it easy ;). I would happily do a face-plant into that gorgeous plate. 

  9. Absolutely awesome!! This just sounds like the perfect way to use leftovers!

  10. Cheese? Waffles? Turkey? Gravy? I mean, I just want this instead of actual Thanksgiving, instead!

  11. Girl, you have my attention 100%! I seriously can’t get enough of savory waffles–probably because I don’t eat them often and make them even less frequently. GREAT share, I’m totally inspired to try this!

    • High five for savory waffles! I only make them a few times a year, but when I do, I’m always like “ummm….why don’t I do this more often?!?”

  12. Your pizza waffle post made quite an impression on me. And now THIS! You have inspired me to conjure up something for a “breakfast for dinner” sort of thing.

    Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  13. This would make me want stuffing!

  14. I will be getting out my waffle iron.  Honestly, these look oh so amazing!!

  15. Yum, I don’t want to wait for leftovers to have this.

  16. What an awesome idea! Who doesn’t love waffles?

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