I accidentally “stumbled” upon this new dish when I wanted to maximize the use of Thanksgiving leftovers. We love to use the leftover turkey for sandwiches (and Dave’s famous floutas), but this casserole makes awesome use of leftover dinner dishes. This casserole includes layers of turkey in gravy, and dressing, but you could also add layers of other items — especially other leftovers — like mashed potatoes. When we have lots of extra turkey left over, we vacuum seal and freeze it in manageable sizes. One freezer pack is the perfect amount of turkey to use in this casserole.
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What’s in the turkey and dressing casserole?
- Chopped cooked turkey
- Dressing (or Stove Top stuffing mix)
- Gravy (from leftovers or one jar/package of ready made turkey gravy)
- Onion Salt
- Ground Sage
What goes well with Turkey and Dressing Casserole?
I say, why not elevate the feel of Thanksgiving when you serve this dish by adding some of your favorite Thanksgiving sides with it? Some of my favorites include:
- Green Bean Casserole
- Cranberry Sauce
- Creamed Onions
- Steamed Broccoli
- Brussel Sprouts
- Tossed Salad
- Fruit Salad
- Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potato Souffle
- Green Beans
- Ambrosia Salad
- Fresh Crudites of Celery, Carrots and Olives
- Cranberry Salad
Turkey and Dressing Casserole
This Turkey and Dressing Casserole is a perfect dish to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers or any time you have leftover turkey. It's easy to make and only calls for a few ingredients.
- 1 Onion
- 3 stalks Celery
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Cooked Turkey
- 3 Cups Dressing or Stuffing
- 1 Cup Turkey Gravy
- 1 tsp Onion Salt
- 1 tsp Ground Sage
Chop onion and celery.
Add olive oil to saute pan. Turn stove heat to medium low.
Add onion and celery to saute pan and cook until they are translucent.
Sprinkle the onion salt over the onion and celery and stir.
Add the turkey gravy to the sauce pan and stir to incorporate.
Add the ground sage and stir.
Add the turkey to the gravy mixture and heat on low until mixture is bubbling.
Remove the saute pan from the stove.
Spread a thin layer of the turkey/gravy mixture to the bottom of the casserole dish.
Add one half of the dressing/stuffing on top of the gravy.
Pour/spread the remainder of the turkey/gravy mixture on top of the dressing/stuffing.
Add the remainder of the dressing/stuffing on top of the turkey/gravy mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Chicken may be used as a substitute for turkey.
What if I don’t have any dressing or gravy on hand?
You may substitute one box of Stove Top Stuffing if you don’t have leftover dressing. Just follow the box directions to prepare the stuffing while the turkey/gravy mixture is heating. If you don’t have leftover turkey gravy on hand, Trader Joe’s has a wonderful one in the perfect size carton. (This is a seasonal item.) Also, if you aren’t preparing this casserole as a result of leftovers, you can use chicken as a substitute for the turkey!
Can I make the turkey and dressing casserole ahead of time?
This turkey and dressing casserole may be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated after it is assembled. Just add approximately 15 minutes to the baking time when you are at the baking point.
Do I need to cover the casserole when I am baking it?
You can bake the casserole uncovered for a “drier” top dressing. I like to bake the casserole covered with foil for two thirds of the baking time and then remove the foil for the last ten minutes.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and have enough leftovers to whip up some of your favorite secondhand dishes! And, hopefully, this casserole will make it’s way into your new post-Thanksgiving leftover rituals 😉
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