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Secret Ingredient makes Leftover Turkey Casserole a Hit

Secret Ingredient makes Leftover Turkey Casserole a Hit

I have to admit, I'm a recipe addict. I love checking them out, collecting them, trying them.  Although, I tend to collect a whole lot more than I actual make them, it's a fun little addiction. I'm sure we're all looking for delicious recipes at this time of the year. Recently, I tried a Creamy Turkey Casserole that calls for ingredients that you'd typically have leftover from the holidays.Add a little secret magic and this is an instant hit. This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

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I'm really amazed with how it turned out and how simple it was to make.

Totally tucking this into my giant pile of recipes. It's a keeper!

layered leftover casserole with mashed potatoes and turkey

What I really loved about the delicious casserole recipe that I got from their club is that it uses up a ton of leftovers and re-creates something that tastes like the holidays with a twist!

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I am convinced that the secret to this amazing casserole is definitely Hellmann's Mayonnaise.  leftover turkey casserole being spooned out of casserole dish

I was surprised recently to learn how moist and tender it can make poultry.serving of stuffing casserole on a plate with cranberry sauce

Look at this dreamy meal? And all from leftovers which can get boring real quick. It's like magic.

spoonful of casserole with stuffing and cranberriesfork full of casserole resting on a dish  casserole with layers of stuffing, mashed potatoes and moist turkey

Who would have thought? For this recipe, a layer of the mayo and whole berry cranberry sauce is mixed together and  spread over the turkey. Then a little more is used to mix with mashed potatoes along with some mozzarella cheese.

serving slice of turkey casserole on spoon

Now, although this recipe is for 6 servings, apparently my husband thinks it's more like 3. So you might want to be prepared for this to be gobbled up. You might want to make a two or three of these casseroles if you can!


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Creamy Turkey Casserole

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

Turkey casserole made with Thanksgiving leftovers. Stuffing, mashed potatoes and moistened turkey with mayonnaise and cranberry sauce.


  • 4 cups prepared Stuffing, divided
  • 1 lb. coarsely chopped cooked Turkey (about 4 cups)
  • ¾ cup Hellmann's® Real Mayonnaise, divided
  • ¼ cup fresh whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 ½ cups Shredded Mozzarella
  • Fresh dried cranberries for garnish (optional)


    1. Preheat oven 375 degrees and spray 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.  Spoon in half of the stuffing and spread evenly; top with turkey.
    2. Combine cranberry sauce with ¼ cup of the Hellmann's® Real Mayonnaise, then spread evenly over turkey.
    3. Combine remaining mayonnaise with mashed potatoes and cheese in a large bowl.  Spread evenly over other ingredients and top with remaining stuffing. 
    4. Bake 40 minutes or until hot and bubbling in center.  Let stand for 10 minutes, then garnish with dried cranberries (optional) and serve. 
turkey casserole with leftovers

Please use safe handling and cooking procedures when preparing any food.To avoid foodborne illness, the USDA and FDA recommend thoroughly cooking meat, eggs, shellfish, poultry and fish to minimum internal temperatures as measured with a food thermometer. More information is available at

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Friday 20th of January 2023

How do you think this would do assembled and frozen?


Wednesday 11th of January 2023

This was absolutely fantastic! I’m making turkey this weekend just so I have leftovers to make this on Monday!


Wednesday 11th of January 2023

@Charlene, Yay I am SO glad you liked it!!! It's been a favorite year after year and it's so easy to customize. 

Mary Tiesen

Sunday 27th of November 2022

I made this for my work today and it was a huge hit. I used Miracle Whip instead and made extra cranberry sauce, and it’s delicious

Bert Scott Jr

Friday 25th of November 2022

instead of mayo use the left over turkey gravy for the liquid part of your cassarole


Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Can I use jellied cranberry sauce instead?

Dawn Lopez

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Absolutely! Just might want to break it down a little so it mixes in better. ;)

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