Thanksgiving (Turkey) Casserole
This is a family favorite around our house. It is easy to make and can be made ahead of time and frozen. The recipe can be tweaked they way you like it and can consist of all homemade ingredients or can be a semi-homemade meal. It is a perfect casserole for colder weather, is super filling, and a crowd pleaser. The recipe is easily doubled or tripled if you want to serve it to a large number of people. We took this dish to a potluck and I believe someone licked the plate clean. The other reason I like making this dish is that you can use either chicken or turkey or even substitute the meat, use a vegetable based gravy and create a vegetarian casserole. You can start from scratch or use leftovers from the fridge. Any way you make this dish, it always seems to come out good!
I am basing this recipe off of the semi-homemade version as our house was a bit crazy the other night and I threw this together with what I had on hand. The photos reflect that aspect, but as I mentioned, you could easily tweak this recipe for what you have or what you are willing to take the time to do.
1 box of dry turkey stuffing mix
2 cans (14 ounces each) of turkey gravy (if you are using pre-made or leftover stuffing, you only need 1 can)
3/4 cup of water (if you are using pre-made or leftover stuffing, you only need 1/4 cup of water)
1 can of mixed vegetables
3 lean turkey breasts cooked and cut into 1-inch cubes or chunks (you can even used canned turkey)
2 cups of prepared mashed potatoes
Begin by spaying your medium sized casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer your vegetables in the bottom of the dish.
Next add your dry package of stuffing mix (Stove Top is what I used and it works well).
Pour your gravy and water over the stuffing mix and stir that layer to make sure the stuffing gets moist.
Layer your turkey next making sure to distribute evenly in the casserole dish.
Your last step is to spoon on the mashed potatoes, spreading evenly over the top.
Bake in a 350°F oven for approximately 35-45 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the gravy bubbles through.
Serve hot and enjoy!