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day after thanksgiving turkey casserole

(19 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Marsha Gardner
Florala, AL

Wondering what to do with the leftover turkey and mashed potatoes? Make this easy and tasty leftover turkey casserole dish.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

If a holiday had a casserole in its honor, this would be for Thanksgiving. This is a wonderful way to use Thanksgiving leftovers. All the comfort of a traditional shepherd's pie with the vibrant flavors of Thanksgiving dinner. Adding thyme to the filling gives it a little punch of flavor. Marsha suggests using leftover sweet potatoes with leftover mashed potatoes. We combined the two and loved the extra flavor the sweet potatoes add. Plus, it makes the topping a beautiful orange color (festive for Thanksgiving). If you only had mashed potatoes, that would be just as tasty to use. Have extra gravy? You could even pour a little bit of that over the top.

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(19 ratings)
yield 6 -8
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For day after thanksgiving turkey casserole

  • 2 c
    turkey, cubed, leftover from Thanksgiving
  • 1 c
    carrots, diced
  • 1 md
    onion, diced
  • 8 oz
    mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 c
    celery, diced
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, unsalted
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 tsp
    thyme, dried
  • leftover mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 Tbsp
    butter, unsalted for dotting top
  • paprika, sweet mild, to taste

How To Make day after thanksgiving turkey casserole

  • Vegetables sauteeing in butter and olive oil.
    Saute vegetables in butter and olive oil until tender but not brown.
  • Salt, pepper, and thyme sprinkled on top.
    Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and thyme.
  • Stirring in cooked turkey.
    Stir in cooked, cubed turkey.
  • Mixture poured into a casserole dish.
    Place in a casserole dish.
  • Topped with mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, butter, and paprika.
    Top with mashed potatoes. Dot with butter and sprinkle with paprika. If you have leftover sweet potatoes they are great mixed with the mashed potatoes and spread over the top.
  • Turkey casserole baking in the oven.
    Bake, uncovered, at 350F for 20-30 minutes until the potatoes are browned and casserole is heated through.