Thanksgiving Casserole is a family tradition, that as I recall, was started by my grandma. 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.
Last week, I purchased two, yup two, 25 lb turkeys. They were only 86¢ per lb! What a great bargain. I roasted one of the turkeys, today, for lunch and we had a lovely turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and corn. (I have two recipes for delicious roast turkey. Get them HERE and HERE.) Yum! Then, I invited our daughter and son-in-law to come out for supper. Thanksgiving casserole was on the menu and for our son-in-law, that is more exciting than the turkey dinner.
I would like to tell you that this is a highly technical and specific recipe, but I’ve already confessed my penchant for altering those recipes anyway, so I am just going to make this easy for you. Thanksgiving Casserole has only 4 ingredients.
leftover mashed potatoes
There are no specific amounts, just what you have left over from your meal. I need to make a confession, here. In my family, there is NEVER leftover stuffing — 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. Dump potatoes, gravy and stuffing in casserole dish or a 9×13 pan, whatever will accomodate your specific amount of leftovers.
Then cut some of the leftover turkey into bite-sized pieces and add to the other ingredients. Mix everything thoroughly right in the baking dish. (That picture is the turkey leftover AFTER our meal. Very big bird! We will get at least three more and likely 4 meals out of what’s left, plus I simmered the carcass all day and produced a wonderful turkey broth for soup on another day. Pretty economical, considering the turkey was only $21.50. Divide that by 5 (or 6 if you count the soup) meals and the cost per meal is only $4.30. Now, that’s delicious AND economical!)
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. All the ingredients have already been cooked, so you are just waiting for it to be heated through. It will be bubbly and wonderfully browned on the top when it’s ready to come out of the oven.
It’s a spoonful of heaven on a plate! We served it tonight with a tossed salad, but any side dishes you have left from your big meal would be nice complements, as well. Enjoy!
- leftover turkey
- leftover mashed potatoes
- leftover stuffing
- leftover gravy
- Dump potatoes, gravy and stuffing in casserole dish or a 9x13 pan, whatever will accomodate your specific amount of leftovers.
- Then cut some of the leftover turkey into bite-sized pieces and add to the other ingredients. Mix everything thoroughly right in the baking dish.
- If you feel like you didn't have enough gravy left to get the right amount of moisture in your casserole, you can add chicken broth or even cream of chicken soup to get the level of moisture you prefer.
- Sprinkle with a little black pepper.
- Bake in a preheated 350 oven and bake until it is hot, bubbly and wonderfully browned on the top. If all the ingredients were cold from the fridge, it will probably take 30-40 minutes to really heat through.