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Thanksgiving Casserole, a Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate

Thanksgiving Casserole

Yum! You won’t cel­e­brate hol­i­day left­overs the same way, ever again! Your fam­i­ly is going to swoon for Thanks­giv­ing Casse­role. 4 ingre­di­ents left­over from any turkey din­ner and about 5 min­utes to mix it togeth­er, will net you the win­ner’s tro­phy for best use of left­overs in the hol­i­day season.

Thanks­giv­ing Casse­role is a fam­i­ly tra­di­tion that began when I was a child. My grand­ma put togeth­er the very first one I ever tast­ed and we ate it every year, after that, as I was grow­ing up. I’ve con­tin­ued the tra­di­tion in my own kitchen.  It is the sim­plest, most savory and deli­cious casse­role you will ever serve to friends and fam­i­ly — com­fort food at its finest.  And, if you are like me, you WILL serve it.  It will become one of the most request­ed meals of your hol­i­day season.

Thanksgiving Casserole Takes Advantage of Turkey’s Versatility and Economy

I’m one of those crazy ladies you see right before Thanks­giv­ing. You know the ones. Turkeys go on sale for 89¢ a pound and crazed women with glazed-over-“I’m get­ting a deal”-eyes, wheel carts with three or four 25-pound turkeys to the check-out stand. Yeah…I’m one of those. lol And the worst part? I usu­al­ly do it twice. It’s a good feel­ing to know the freez­er is full of some of my fam­i­ly’s most favorite recipe starters. I’ll serve turkey dish­es all win­ter and we’ll still have one left for East­er dinner. 

Turkeys are ver­sa­tile. You can get mul­ti­ple meals out of just one bird. And there are so many deli­cious dish­es to pre­pare with them. Turkey saves me mon­ey AND it saves me time in the kitchen. Once it’s roast­ed, that bird becomes the already prepped base of all kinds of deli­cious recipes. How can that not be a huge win!!?? Right? I know you under­stand. Your eyes are start­ing to look a lit­tle save-me-time-and mon­ey glazed, too. lol

Well, it’s almost that time of year, again, and I want you to be pre­pared. I’m start­ing with Thanks­giv­ing Casse­role, because it’s such a sta­ple in our fam­i­ly recipe box, that it real­ly must be shared. I can make a big turkey din­ner and have all 15 of us sit­ting around the table and the ques­tion every­one wants answered is, “When will we have Thanks­giv­ing Casse­role?” For one of my son-in-laws, that dish is more excit­ing than the whole turkey dinner.

Ingredients You’ll Need for Thanksgiving Casserole

turkey casserole ingredients

Thanks­giv­ing Casse­role has only 4 ingre­di­ents. And, you will have already pre­pared them for your big meal. The casse­role uses only left­overs and trust me when I tell you, “Left­overs nev­er tast­ed so good!”.

  • remain­ing turkey from dinner
  • left­over mashed potatoes
  • gravy left from your big meal
  • stuff­ing (what­ev­er’s left or whip up a batch of Stove-Top)

There are no spe­cif­ic amounts, just what you have left over from your meal. I’m going to put some quan­ti­ties in the recipe to give you a gen­er­al idea of the ratios WE use. Just keep in mind, they are not hard and fast rules and what you use will depend more on your fam­i­ly pref­er­ences and the left­overs you have avail­able. Make this your own and cre­ate a tra­di­tion your fam­i­ly looks for­ward to year after year.

I need to make a con­fes­sion, at this point.  In my fam­i­ly, there is NEVER stuff­ing left over — lol — no mat­ter how much I make.  This is not an issue, because my secret stuff­ing recipe is Stove Top.  Five min­utes in the microwave and I have a new batch.  I def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend it for quick and easy “left-overs”.

How to Make Thanksgiving Casserole

Ingredients for Thanksgiving Casserole prepped and in casserole dish

Dump left­over mashed pota­toes, cubed up turkey and stuff­ing in a casse­role dish or a *9×13 pan; what­ev­er will accom­mo­date your spe­cif­ic amount of left­overs. Then stir in gravy to moist­en every­thing up. It’s pos­si­ble your gravy may have gelled up in the fridge overnight. No wor­ries. Just stir it in, as is. It will melt and blend in as the Turkey Casse­role bakes in the oven.

Thanksgiving Casserole ready for the oven

Okay, so now you’ve mixed every­thing togeth­er in your bak­ing pan and you may think it doesn’t look like much, but add a lit­tle black pep­per on top, put it in a pre­heat­ed 350° oven and bake.  You’ll soon expe­ri­ence casse­role nir­vana! lol 

All the ingre­di­ents have already been cooked, so you are just wait­ing for it to be heat­ed through.  It will be bub­bly around the edges and won­der­ful­ly browned on the top when it’s ready to come out of the oven. 30–45 min­utes is usu­al­ly enough for it to be hot and bub­bly, depend­ing on how cold your ingre­di­ents were.

baked Thanksgiving Casserole

Thanks­giv­ing Casse­role is a spoon­ful of heav­en on a plate!  It’s creamy and savory, stud­ded with chunks of roast turkey and has a deli­cious­ly crusty top from the bits of browned up stuff­ing. Seri­ous­ly, this yum­my turkey casse­role is a tex­tur­al and fla­vor­ful sen­sa­tion. We typ­i­cal­ly serve it with what we call “a love­ly sal­ad”, but any side dish­es you have left from your big meal would be nice com­ple­ments, as well. 

Thanksgiving Casserole

Enjoy, Friend!

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Thanksgiving Casserole


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 55 min­utes
  • Yield: 8-10 serv­ings 1x

Description

The ingre­di­ent amounts list­ed, below, are for your ref­er­ence only.  It gives you an idea of the ratios we typ­i­cal­ly use.  My fam­i­ly LOVES stuff­ing and we use a greater ratio of that.  Match your com­bi­na­tion to your own fam­i­ly’s tastes and the left­over amounts you have available.


Ingredients

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  • 3 cups left­over turkey, diced
  • 3 cups left­over mashed potatoes
  • 6-8 cups left­over stuffing
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups left­over gravy

Instructions

Mix all the ingre­di­ents in the casse­role dish or pan you will use to bake it.

Bake at 350° for 30–45 min­utes, until the casse­role is hot and bub­bling around the edges, but browned and crusty on the top.

  • Prep Time: 10 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 45 min­utes
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Casse­role, Poul­try, Dinner
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

More Leftover Recipes to Try

Turkey Noo­dle Soup from Lit­tle House Big Alaska.

Hot Beef Sandwich

hot beef sandwich with roast beef gravy

19 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Casserole, a Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate”

    • Raquel, thanks so much! And yes, I def­i­nite­ly agree. This is an all-time fam­i­ly favorite and an impor­tant part of our Thanks­giv­ing traditions.

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  1. Thank you so much for this real­ly tasty casse­role recipe! Super easy to make, will sure­ly have this again! High­ly recommended!

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  2. That’s exact­ly like us, Kim­ber­ly! Thanks so much for tak­ing the time to stop by and leave a note. Hope to see you around the blog again soon!

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