Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipes

Thanksgiving leftovers on a plate.

One delicious option for some of your Thanksgiving leftovers is to combine them into a casserole. Many of your holiday favorites taste delicious together and it is a great way to use up leftovers. This page contains leftover turkey casserole recipes.



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Recipe: Rutabaga and Turkey Casserole

casserole ready to serve

This is a hearty, filling, and inexpensive casserole. At first, my daughter was leery to try it because she thought rutabagas would taste bad. She was delighted to find they are a little on the sweet side.

Approximate Time: 1 1/2 hours

Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 2 rutabagas, cubed
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 large potatoes cubed
  • 2 cups chopped turkey
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp tumeric
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • pinch seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp prepared horseradish


  1. Peel and cube rutabagas, chop onion, and mince garlic.
  2. cutting up rutabagaschopped onioncrushing garlic
  3. Add onion, garlic, and rutabagas along with 2 tsp. olive oil to a skillet. Sautee until onions tranparent and rutabagas are brown on at least one side. Turn heat down to low.
  4. Peel and cube potatoes, place in greased 9x13 inch casserole pan.
  5. cubed potatoes
  6. Chop meat and add to casserole pan. (I used leftover cooked turkey. You can use uncooked just make sure it is thoroughly cooked at end of cooking time.)
  7. In sauce pan melt butter then add flour to make a paste.
  8. Slowly add milk and whisk as you add to prevent lumps.
  9. Add black pepper, tumeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, seasoning salt, and horseradish. Mix, simmer 5 minutes on medium low.
  10. Add sauce and rutabagas, onions, and garlic to casserole pan, mix.
  11. casserole in baking dish
  12. Cover with tin foil and put in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes or until potatoes and rutabagas are fork tender. Top with a sprinkling of your favorite cheese and bake until cheese is melted.

By Cory [12]

Recipe: Turkey Broccoli Bake

A good recipe for you to make use of your leftover turkey!


  • 2 (10 oz) pkgs. chopped broccoli
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 cups cooked turkey
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter


Cook broccoli until half done, and drain. Mix with lemon juice and spread in 9 inch round baking pan. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and blend in flour; add milk. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and stir in Swiss cheese.

Cut turkey in strips, and add to cheese sauce. Spoon mixture over broccoli. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and melted butter and sprinkle crumbs over casserole. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20-30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20-25 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Escalloped Turkey

Another great way to use leftover turkey.


  • 3 cups cooked turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups bread cubes
  • 3/4 cup melted margarine
  • 1 1/4 tsp. sage
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. onion flakes
  • 1 qt. turkey broth
  • 4 Tbsp. flour


Mix turkey with dressing. Put in 9x13 inch pan. Make gravy. Don't make gravy thick; should be rather thin. Pour over dressing and turkey in 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 375 degrees F until dressing is slightly browned, about 35 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Leftover Turkey Casserole

A yummy way to use up Thanksgiving and/or Christmas leftovers :-)


  • 3 cups prepared stuffing
  • 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup French fried onions
  • 1 can condensed cream of celery soup
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked turkey, cubed or shredded
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh corn or 1 (10 oz.) package frozen corn, thawed


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix stuffing and 1/4 cup onions in a medium bowl and spoon stuffing mixture into a 9x9 inch baking dish, gently pressing along the bottom.

Mix soup, milk, turkey and corn in the same medium bowl and pour over stuffing. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.

Top with remaining 1/2 cup onions and bake uncovered for an additional 5 minutes.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

Tip: Using Leftover Turkey in Green Bean Casserole

To use up every bit of your turkey, put it in your green bean casserole! I freeze the leftover turkey, both cut up and those bits left on the bone, wait a week after Thanksgiving, and make a new casserole with the turkey in it!


Recipe: Quick Turkey Cheese Casserole

This is a great way to use leftover holiday turkey!


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked and diced turkey
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 2 cups turkey or chicken broth, or milk
  • 1/4 lb. cubed American cheese
  • 1 small can mushrooms
  • toasted bread crumbs, opt.


Combine all ingredients; mix well. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Can put toasted bread crumbs on top, if desired.

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Holiday Turkey Strata

Another interesting "comfort food" recipe from leftovers.


  • 1 lb. bag frozen vegetables
  • 2 cups chopped turkey
  • 4 cups seasoned croutons
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper
  • 2 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Havarti or Swiss cheese


Place frozen vegetables in buttered 9x13 inch baking dish.Top with turkey and croutons. In a large bowl beat eggs, chicken broth, roasted red pepper, and mustard. Pour over croutons. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Uncover and bake at 350 degrees F until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Servings: 8
Time:10 Minutes Preparation Time
35 to 40 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: A handout at my grocery store

By mother of 5 from Nova Scotia

Recipe: After Thanksgiving Casserole


  • 2 cups frozen noodles
  • 1 pkg. frozen broccoli
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cut up turkey
  • 1/3 cup slivered almonds


In separate saucepans, cook noodles and broccoli until just tender. In another saucepan over low heat, melt butter; then blend in flour, salt, mustard, pepper and milk, cook stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in cheese until melted. Drain noodles and broccoli. arrange noodles, cut broccoli and turkey in 8x8 inch casserole; pour cheese sauce over. Bake 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. Sprinkle almonds on top before cooking.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Turkey Broccoli Casserole

A fine way to use turkey leftover.


  • 2 cups turkey, cut in small pieces
  • 1 kg. bag frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
  • 1 cup white sauce, seasoned to taste
  • 1/2 cup buttered crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup milk


In a greased casserole, mix turkey and vegetables. Season.

Melt butter. Stir in flour and seasonings. Add milk. Stir until thick. Pour over turkey and vegetables. Top with buttered white bread crumbs. Bake 45 minutes in a 375 degree F oven.

Source: United Church Cookbook

By Raymonde from North Bay, Ontario

Recipe: Two Cups Casserole


  • 2 cups leftover turkey bits
  • 2 cups leftover stuffing
  • 2 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups leftover mashed potaoes, regular or sweet


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2 quart casserole with vegetable spray. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, stuffing, and cream cheese. Spoon into casserole. Top with mashed potatoes. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until heated through and potatoes are a little crusty. Yield: 6 servings

Recipe: Quick Turkey Casserole


  • 4 cups potato chips
  • 2 cans cream of celery soup
  • 2 cups cooked turkey (cubed)
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • dash salt
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg


Crush 3 cups potato chips lightly and place in a 2 qt. casserole. Combine the soup, turkey, pepper, salt and nutmeg. Heat slowly until hot, then pour over potato chips. Top with the remaining chips and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Tip: Turkey Broccoli Bake

Butter an average-size casserole dish. Put a layer of dressing on the bottom. (Stove Top works fine.) Add a layer of turkey meat, sliced or in pieces. Add a layer of steamed broccoli. Add one can of cream of mushroom soup, undiluted. Bake in 350 degree F oven until heated through. A microwave oven works fine.

Optional: Top the casserole with buttered bread crumbs.

Source: This recipe was handed down to me by my friend, Mary Lou several years ago.

By Annabelle from Phoenix, AZ

Recipe: Turkey-Rice Casserole


  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 can condensed onion soup
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 cups diced turkey
  • 1 can mushrooms, drained
  • 2 slices American cheese


Add the rice to the melted butter or margarine in a large skillet and brown over medium heat, stirring. Add soup and water, cover, and cook for about 10 minutes. Add green pepper and celery and continue cooking, covered, for about 15 minutes longer or until the rice is tender. Add turkey and mushrooms (we use the stems and pieces) and mix well. Pour into a greased casserole and bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Top with cheese, return to the oven, and bake until the cheese is melted.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Bev's Leftover Turkey or Ham Casserole

Let's face it. We are usually fed up with turkey and ham by the time Christmas has finished. I know that I don't even like to see it in the fridge but there it is staring me in the face every time I open the fridge door.

Gather it all up and chop it into bite sized chunks and put aside in a casserole container.

Find some left over saggy veggies or if all else fails, some frozen veggies from the freezer and throw them in with with meat.

Meanwhile heat up some water to a boil, throw in a cup or more (depending on how much meat you have left over) of pasta of any kind. When it is cooked, put it in with the meat and vegetables.

If I have boiled eggs left over from being over zealous in making potato salad, I chop those up and throw them in with the meat and veggies as well.

If you have some white/cheese sauce packet mixes in your pantry then fine, make it up according to the directions on the packet and mix it in with with meat/veggie mix.

If not, then make up a white sauce mix using plain (all purpose) flour, butter (or margarine) and milk. I use this ratio: 1 table spoon butter, 1 tablespoon flour to one cup of milk.

I melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl big enough to take the amount of sauce you want to make, in the microwave. Add the flour and cook for 40 seconds. Add a little milk and stir into a paste, then gradually add all the milk and mix so that no butter is on the bottom of the bowl.

I nuke it for at least 4 minutes and stir it but if you have a big enough container you can do it less often. I only do this because mine boils over if I don't do that.

If you don't have a microwave, do it on the stove top.

Either way, all you have to do to cook the sauce until it thickens. If you want a cheese sauce, add some grated cheese to taste.

Mix this in with your meat/veggie mix and combine it until it is mixed thoroughly. Sprinkle with grated cheese and pop in a 350 degrees oven for 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

Even if you can't face eating it right after Christmas, you can freeze this for another time or do what I do and assemble it in a round container. I use a (5 quart) ice-cream container and freeze it. It will fit perfectly into your crockpot. I cook my frozen assembled lasagnas and these casseroles in my crockpot from frozen no problem. I usually leave them in for about 5-6 hours on low but then again our Aussie crockpots tend to cook higher and quicker here. Don't know why but they do, so your's might need to be cooked longer.

No matter how you decide to cook it, in a casserole dish, crockpot, or even mixing it up in a saucepan on a stove top and eating it as a type of stew, you will have another meal when your budget is stretched.

You don't even have to limit yourself to Christmas leftovers either. Where I live the supermarkets sell off cheap deli meats (ham, turkey, salami etc.). They are usually the ends of rolls that the shop assistants can't cut any more off. They can be reduced by big dollars and a cheap meal all around using this method.

Recipe: Turkey and Wild Rice Bake


  • 1 Package (6 ounces) wild and white rice mix
  • 2-1/3 Cups water
  • 1 Can (4 ounces) mushrooms drained
  • 1 Can (14 ounces) artichoke hearts quartered
  • 1 Jar (2 ounces) pimientos chopped and drained
  • 2 Cups cooked turkey, cubed
  • 1 Cup Swiss cheese shredded


In a 2-quart casserole combine rice with seasoning packet and water. Stir in mushrooms, artichoke hearts, pimientos and turkey. (Casserole may be covered and refrigerated for up to 24 hours.) Cover with foil and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F., uncovered, 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. Makes 6 servings.

By Kathy

Recipe: Leftover Turkey and Mashed Potato Bake

Don't know what to do with your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers? Try this.


  • 3 cups. hot mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can fried onions
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked turkey
  • 1 package frozen mixed peas and carrots (10 oz)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper


Combine potatoes, 1/2 cup cheese, and 1/2 cup fried onions. Spoon into a greased 1 1/2-quart casserole dish. Spread across bottom and up sides of dish. Combine next 7 ingredients (turkey through pepper). Pour into potato shell. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes. Top with remaining cheese and onions.. Bake for additional 5-10 minutes. Let stand 10-15 minutes before serving..

By Kathy

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Archive: Leftover Turkey Casserole

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here are some recipes for using your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Turkey Leftover Casserole I

When packing up the leftovers from the Holidays, make a couple of "Turkey Casseroles". Spray the casserole pans with non-stick spray, put cooked turkey in the bottom and top with gravy; next add a layer of carrots; or other leftover veggies (brussel sprouts are not a good idea); a layer of dressing (stuffing), and top with a layer of mashed potatoes. Push down slightly and cover with plastic wrap.

I put the lid on the casserole and wrap it again to avoid having to look for it when you warm it up. Pop it in the freezer. To reheat - Thaw in the fridge all day and heat for about 1 hour at 325 degrees F. Just make sure it is HOT in the center before serving. It's like a Mini-Turkey Dinner! Enjoy.

By Faye from Canada

Turkey Leftover Casserole II

Here's another recipes from a jar of Heinz turkey gravy.


  • 2 1/2 cups prepared mashed potatoes
  • 2 cups cooked shredded turkey
  • 1 (12 oz.) jar of turkey gravy (or about 1 1/2 cups of leftover gravy)
  • 1 cup prepared stuffing
  • salt and pepper to taste


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place potatoes in a 2 qt. casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.

Combine turkey and gravy in a large skillet and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in stuffing until thoroughly mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Spread the turkey mixture evenly on top of potatoes. Cover and cook for 25 to 30 minutes.

Source: Found on the Heinz Home Style Gravy bottle.

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