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Transforming Thanksgiving Leftovers: Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Egg

November 27, 2009

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and now you’re left with a lot of great memories and a fridge-full of leftovers. Thanksgiving leftovers are as much a part of the holiday tradition as the big feast itself. With some creativity, your leftovers can be just as delicious and a lot less stressful the second time around. Nothing tastes better the day after Thanksgiving than a plate of leftover turkey. Plan for leftovers ahead of time by thinking about how you want to use up your meal. Flavorful Thanksgiving turkey subtly enriches the hash without taking over. Serve this alongside chicken or duck or a mixed greens salad. The runny poached egg on top makes a great light meal on its own.

More Thanksgiving leftover recipes:

Turkey Sandwich with Brie, Apple & Dijon-Balsamic Reduction

BBQ Shepherd’s Pie Bake

Turkey, Feta & Pear Panini

Skillet Bacon & Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash with Poached Egg

4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, (about 2 medium), peeled and coarsely grated
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cooked turkey
  • 4 eggs


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, turkey, carrots and sweet potatoes and cook, stirring often, until softened and lightly browned, 5-8 minutes. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. In the meantime, heat a pot of boiling water and drop the eggs in. The egg white will coagulate in the water and turn white. Most eggs will take between two and three minutes for the white to cook but leave the yolk still runny. Remove the egg at this point with a slotted spoon or strainer.
  3. Plate hash and top with poached egg!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 28, 2009 4:56 pm

    Right up my alley way, I’ve been browsing for leftover turkey recipes!

  2. November 29, 2009 10:25 am

    Looks like a great new breakfast idea! Love it & I hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

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