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Turkey & Dressing Casserole

Got leftover turkey? Or looking for a little dinner inspiration to get in the Thanksgiving spirit?
This Turkey & Dressing Casserole fits the bill!  It packs all the great turkey and dressing flavors of Thanksgiving into one hearty dinner dish.
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Turkey & Dressing Casserole image - all the Thanksgiving flavors of turkey & dressing we love in one hearty dinner dish.


 It's November, which means turkey time is here!  I guess it's time to get planning that Thanksgiving menu ...

If you're looking for a little inspiration to get in the Thanksgiving mood, this tasty Turkey & Dressing Casserole is just the thing.
It packs all the great Thanksgiving flavors of turkey and dressing, without having to cook the whole bird.  It's a perfect dish for a family dinner to get in the Thanksgiving spirit, or for a pre-turkey-day "Friends-giving" where you want something a little different than the traditional menu.  Or heck, put this tasty dish on the Thanksgiving day menu itself if you'd like!

Not to mention, Turkey & Dressing Casserole is a great recipe for enjoying those Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey leftovers, too.  They're fabulous re-purposed into this hearty dish.

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But you certainly don't have to cook a whole bird or have turkey leftovers to make this.  For this particular dish pictured in the photos, I used a package of turkey tenderloins ~ which you can find in the poultry area of the grocery store meat case.  Turkey tenderloins come in about 1-pound to 1 & 1/2-pound packages, and were the perfect amount of turkey for this recipe.

When I made this for dinner the other night, I wasn't sure what our 7-year-old daughter would think of it.  She loves turkey ~ she's a total meat lover, and would subsist on meat alone if we'd let her.  But she's not a fan of dressing.  So, I did have some concern about how dinner was going to go.  {There's always peanut butter & jelly as a back-up plan, though!}

I'm happy to say, she liked it!  Once we could convince her to actually take a bit, she decided it was actually good.  I'd say the layer of melty cheese on top sure helped with her perspective ... in the world of a 7-year-old, melty cheese makes everything better.

As for me, this is one of my favorite casseroles ... and knew it was just the thing I needed to get me in the spirit for gearing up for the holidays.  They'll be here before we know it!

Turkey & Dressing Casserole photo

So if you've got leftover turkey, or are looking for a little dinner inspiration to get in the Thanksgiving spirit, give this Turkey & Dressing Casserole a try.  It packs all the great turkey and dressing flavors we love from Thanksgiving into one hearty dinner dish.

Hey, you might even want to drizzle a little of that leftover gravy on top, too!

Turkey & Dressing Casserole image
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Turkey & Dressing Casserole
(Print recipe)
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz.) package herb-seasoned stuffing mix {I use Pepperidge Farm}
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • 3 ½ to 4 c. chopped cooked turkey*
  • 3/4 c. chopped onion
  • 1/2 c. chopped celery
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ c. milk
  • 1 c. (4 oz.) shredded mild or medium cheddar cheese
Directions
  1. Spray a 9x13” baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Mix together stuffing, melted butter, and chicken broth. Place half of the stuffing mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Set aside remaining stuffing mixture.
  2. Mix together chopped turkey, onion, celery, mayonnaise, and salt. Spread turkey mixture evenly over stuffing mixture in the baking dish. Top with reserved stuffing mixture.
  3. Beat eggs and milk together. Pour evenly over stuffing mixture in the baking dish.
  4. Cover baking dish with foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Remove foil and bake at 350℉ for 45 minutes. Sprinkle top with shredded cheese and bake 10 – 15 minutes longer until cheese is melted.

*If you don't have leftover turkey, a 1 & 1/2 pound package of turkey tenderloins, cooked and chopped, works well for this recipe.

Enjoy!


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3 comments

  1. how yummy, this looks like one that my mother in law made many years ago thanks so much for the recipe I will be keeping for after thanksgiving and I am wondering if it could not be made with chickent as well
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  2. That looks yummy! I make a leftover casserole using up turkey, stuffing, squash, gravy and top it all with potatoes... it's so good. I just love casseroles and am always looking for new ways to use up all that leftover turkey.

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  3. I pinned your delicious casserole! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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