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Best Leftover Turkey Casserole

Best Leftover Turkey Casserole

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that your refrigerators are busting at the seams with leftovers. I'd say after the 2nd or 3rd reheat, things start to get boring.

Not with this best leftover turkey casserole. I actually made it for the first time last year and it was an instant hit.

The clever recipe includes the secret ingredient that makes it extra moist and tasty.

plated stuffing casserole served with garnish

That unexpected ingredient is none other than mayonnaise!

leftover casserole up close  

This recipe calls for all of the classic dishes that are served up over the holidays.

fork full of stuffing casserole with cranberry sauce

Leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

casserole being served with a spoon

Then, the addition of mayonnaise and little cheese really takes this over the top.

slice of thanksgiving casserole

Last year, I made this recipe with mashed potatoes as the recipe suggests.

plated casserole with garnish on top

This year, I made a twist and used mashed sweet potatoes. Oh my!

overhead shot of stuffing casserole with parsley garnish

Proof that this recipe can be switched up as many times as you like using different combinations of leftovers. 

fork full of stuffing casserole with a dab of cranberry sauce

Every bite is full of the best holiday flavors.

up close thanksgiving casserole

I have become obsessed to the point that I even make it any time of the year when we're craving comfort foods.

 

big casserole made with holiday leftovers

I will easily use a boxed stuffing mix, regular turkey breasts and store-bought mashed sweet potatoes or regular mashed potatoes to whip this up in no time.

stuffing casserole with parsley on top

Both just turned out perfect! So whether you have a 10 lb pile of either mashed potato variety, you can definitely use it up here.

scooping out casserole from dish  

I think Mac & Cheese, Broccoli & Rice Casserole, Green Bean Casserole and even Au Gratin potatoes would be delish in this recipe.

thanksiving leftovers idea. toss them into a dish and bake  

I'd probably swap any one of those with the mashed potatoes to see how it turns out.

plated stuffing casserole served with garnish

You could totally just add on another layer if it fits in your baking dish.

serving of leftovers on plate with garnish and cranberry sauce.  

As long as you get the moisture back into the chicken with the cranberry sauce and mayo, you should be totally good to go with a variety of combinations.

turkey casserole with stuffing and mashed sweet potatoes

 

serving casserole from a dish

You might even want to call up some more company to come over and enjoy this with you. I recommend making 2 or 3 because it will be gobbled up quickly!

sweet potato casserole with layers

When you spend a lot of time and money preparing for wonderful Thanksgiving meals, it's important to make the most of it.

Now, let's dig in!

This original recipe is credited to Hellman’s. 

casserole being served with a spoon

Best Leftover Turkey Casserole

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Best Thanksgiving leftover casserole you can make. Makes turkey moist again and layers ingredients like leftover stuffing and mashed potatoes for the ultimate meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups leftover prepared stuffing, divided
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped leftover cooked turkey (about 1 lb.)
  • ¾ cup Hellman's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups leftover mashed sweet potatoes (or mashed potatoes)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Spray 8-inch baking dish with no-stick cooking spray. Spoon in 2 cups stuffing, then top with turkey. Combine ¼ cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise with cranberry sauce; evenly spread over turkey. Combine remaining ½ cup Mayonnaise, potatoes and cheese in large bowl. Evenly spread on turkey, then top with remaining 2 cups stuffing. Bake 40 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish, if desired, with dried cranberries.

Notes

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 
  1. Spray 9x13 inch baking dish with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. Spoon in 2 cups stuffing, then top with turkey.
  3. Combine ¼ cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise with cranberry sauce, evenly spread over turkey.
  4. Combine remaining ½ Mayonnaise, sweet potatoes, and cheese in large bow. Evenly spread on turkey, then top with remaining stuffing. 
  5. Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 897Total Fat 55gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 3gUnsaturated Fat 38gCholesterol 139mgSodium 1131mgCarbohydrates 65gFiber 3gSugar 29gProtein 36g
Get this recipe on your table tonight!

 

 

What do you usually do with leftover turkey?

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Lori Putnam

Sunday 29th of November 2020

Five stars - husband says "it's the best casserole I've ever tasted". :) This recipe IS right from the Hellman's website, except this one calls for one additional cup of stuffing. I don't mind others tweaking recipes to post, or just passing along ones they've tried and liked, but the verbiage makes it seem like this author created this recipe from scratch. Did I miss something? I wanted a 9x13 pan full so just eyeballed some ingredients and layered them in, skipping the top stuffing layer and just putting all on the bottom. Fabulous taste, and reheated just fine the next day as well! A "keeper" recipe, for sure. :)

Melanie

Monday 2nd of December 2019

I’m going to try this Recipe tonight. I’ve teied some others and they have all been really good.

Kathryn Pollock

Sunday 17th of November 2019

Does this really have 3283 cl. per serving????

Brandy

Saturday 28th of November 2015

This looks so delicious, and easy to make! I will have to give it a whirl with our leftover turkey!

Dawn Lopez

Monday 30th of November 2015

It really is delicious. I think you'll be really happy with the results. :)

Aubrey

Saturday 28th of November 2015

The bad part about not hosting Thanksgiving is you don't get the leftovers. This looks yummy.

Dawn Lopez

Monday 30th of November 2015

True story! Then again, you don't put on all the extra weight from having to eat the leftovers...;)

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