Sunday Brunch: Crispy Stuffing Cakes with Quail Eggs Recipe

Posted November 23, 2014 by Stephanie
crispy stuffing cakes with quail eggs -

crispy stuffing cakes with quail eggs -

The best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers, am I right? But, to be honest, I’m truly and utterly obsessed with all leftovers. Sometimes I’ll purposely make an absurd amount of food so that I can wander over to the fridge and make myself a plate of randomness. But what I love even more than leftovers is what I like to call, bestovers. It’s where you take random things from the fridge and remake them into something so much more. Technically, fried rice could be considered bestovers and you guys know how much I love fried rice!

Here I took some stuffing (I purposefully saved some otherwise there would have been none), tossed it with a lighten beaten egg, formed some patties and fried them up in my trusty cast iron skillet. The insides are moist and tender and the outsides get deliciously crisp. Think of them as stuffing pancakes topped with tiny quail eggs. This is definitely the kind of brunch I could do all day, every day, Thanksgiving leftovers or not.

crispy stuffing cakes with quail eggs -

PS – Am I the only one who thinks leftovers are the best part of Thanksgiving?

Crispy Stuffing Cakes with Quail Eggs Recipe
serves 2-4

  • 2 cups leftover stuffing
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • oil or butter for the pan
  • quail eggs, as needed
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • sriracha, if desired

In a large bowl, gently mix together the leftover stuffing and the lightly beaten egg. Heat up a heavy-bottomed skillet on medium heat. Shape the stuffing mixture into patties and gently fry in oil or butter until golden brown and heated through, about 3-5 minutes per side.

While the stuffing cakes are being browned, heat up a bit of oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Fry the quail eggs sunny-side up, keeping an eye on them – they only take a minute or two to cook. Top the stuffing cakes with the quail eggs and a sprinkle of salt and freshly ground pepper. Enjoy immediately, with sriracha, if desired.

crispy stuffing cakes with quail eggs -

It’s Sunday! You know what that means: it’s time for Sunday Brunch. Why don’t you skip the line and make brunch at home this week? The coffee’s truly bottomless, the booze doesn’t have a crazy markup and you can chill out in your pajamas. Every Sunday I’ll post a brunch recipe. Soon you won’t be asking, where should we go for brunch – instead it’ll be, what should we make for brunch today?


  1. Pam Denny says:


  2. Yes girl, yes!! These are fabulous!

  3. todd wagner says:

    Ahhh, get in maaah bellyyyy!!!

  4. Emily says:

    Oh my gosh, these look SO good! Now to find quail eggs…


  5. What a fantastic idea! We always have leftover stuffing – this is a perfect way to enjoy it!

  6. ohmygaaahh. how are you so smart? i love this. i want this every morning. i’m so about leftovers, too, and i love making something them even more fun than they started. have you seen the stuffing waffles floating around?!

    1. steph says:

      omg. i have seen them and i really really want to do stuffing waffles!!!!!

  7. HOLY! These are genius… So creative!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. cynthia says:

    these. are. pure. genius.

  9. Rich says:

    I want this right now … wow what a great idea!

  10. Kathryn says:

    Oh, this is such a brilliant idea. Leftover stuffing is definitely one of the best parts of a meal like thanksgiving and this is such a different and unique way to use it. Love it.

  11. Sophie says:

    Steph, I am so into these! Gah, my favorite Asian market has had problems with their quail egg distributor and hasn’t had any in for months. So I may need to make these with regular eggs, but THEY ARE HAPPENING! I love Thanksgiving leftovers so much, and stuffing is top of my list. Can’t wait to try them all re-crisped up and drippy with egg yolk! Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Jessica says:

    Leftovers are 100 percent the best part of Thanksgiving! Love the stuffing cake idea!

  13. Alexandra says:

    Ah – so gorgeous. I presume it wouldn’t be the end of the world if some cranberry sauce found its way on these cakes…?

  14. yessi says:

    This looks so delicious! everyone should have some stuffing leftover because i sure did. If i could eat it all i would because i love stuffing. I will definitely be trying this. I love eggs sunny side up as well as stuffing itself. seriously love it, thanks for the great idea.

  15. Ashley Schumacher says:

    I think this is a wonderful idea and will have to try it. I love leftovers from thanksgiving but it is hard to eat them before they go bad. This is a great idea and am going to try it!

  16. Your recipes make me hungry just reading them –

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

$(function(){ var trigger = $('.hamburger'), overlay = $('.overlay'), isClosed = false; () { hamburger_cross(); }); function hamburger_cross() { if (isClosed == true) { overlay.hide(); trigger.removeClass('is-open'); trigger.addClass('is-closed'); isClosed = false; } else {; trigger.removeClass('is-closed'); trigger.addClass('is-open'); isClosed = true; } } $('[data-toggle="offcanvas"]').click(function () { $('#wrapper').toggleClass('toggled'); }); bindBehavior.subscribe(); });