Friday, November 28, 2008


Let's talk for a moment about leftover stuffing, in particular. What do you do with it?

Cover it in foil and heat it in the oven, and it runs the risk of drying out. Adding broth to it before reheating might keep it moist, but it might make it too wet once it heats up. Heating it in the microwave might work in small amounts, but it also risks turning the stuffing gummy and rubbery. Don't want that.

May I make a suggestion?

Fry it.

The eldest was reheating some stuffing for breakfast, and commented on how it contained so many appropriate breakfast foods: sausage, cornbread, pecans, dried cherries and apples. Then she said that the stuffing, once it was in a bowl for reheating in the microwave, reminded her of the way crab cakes look before you shape them into patties for frying. Why not, she said, try and make little stuffing cakes and fry them? I leaped out of my chair and grabbed a skillet, eager for a new adventure in frying.

What we did was beat a couple of eggs and then mix them in with the stuffing in a mixing bowl. Then it was into a few tablespoons of oil in a skillet. They began to crumble, and I pressed them down with a spatula until they resembled fat potato pancakes. They fried up beautifully, crispy and brown. The sausage released its fat, spicy and savory, the pecans gave off a wonderful toasted flavor, the cherries added a sweet note, and the cornbread reminded you of cornmeal batter on fried catfish, or of hushpuppies.

But sweet Jeebus, were they rich. One was definitely enough.

We each had two.


SkylersDad said...

You had me at "new adventure in frying"!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love the way your minds work. Can you imagine what you and your family could do if you turned your attention to the economy for a while?

FranIAm said...

Oh my dirty little leftover secret all out in the open here... fried stuffing.

I have been doing this for many years... secretly of course!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Save me some!

Tenacious S said...

Reminds me of Bubble and Squeak, which I was introduced to a couple of years ago by a British friend and is an excellent way of turning leftover into a tasty fried treat! Boy, that looks yummy!

Distributorcap said...

ok --- olive oil or canola oil or some other oil -- oh please tell me oh chef of the future

Anonymous said...

I'll take two, and could you throw a poached egg on top? Or would that be egg overkill?

Bubs said...

Kirby, we thought about putting an egg on top--we didn't, but I think that would be a wonderful brunch item.

DC, that would be canola oil. I think olive oil would be ok though.

Hiya Ten, how you been? Isn't bubble and squeak done with cabbage and potatoes? I think I had that once.

Dr MVM, you bet!

Fran, really? I'm thrilled! How did you come up with the idea?

Barbara, we'd be fat and happy?

Skylersdad, thanks!

justacoolcat said...

Fry it!

Also, grilled cheese sandwiches with filled with stuffing is delicious way to soak up next day gin belly.

Mathman6293 said...

I ate the last of the stuffing. No leftovers. No fried stuffing patties for breakfast. Doh.

lulu said...

my friend served the stuffing rolled into balls and baked for ease of serving. I suggested breading them and dropping them in the deep fryer.

)my word verification is 'spitin')

Dale said...

I've fried it up but never into sexy little patties. Adventures in frying can be so damned tasty!

Megan said...

Oh. My. Goodness.

Mnmom said...

We had an adventure in frying too! We always deep fat fry the turkey - it's the ONLY way to go. These year we added a basket full of slice potatoes and onions. It was a big hit.

I will most definitely remember the fried stuffing trick, and a poached egg on top would be marvelous. Only made better over the backyard campfire.

Dr. Zaius said...

Leftover stuffing can also be used as grout in the bathroom. (Well, at least my stuffing can.)