You’ve roasted a beautiful turkey and enjoyed it the traditional way, with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, the works. Great! Now it’s time to get creative with all the leftovers. This leftover turkey casserole, inspired by Genius Kitchen, is a delicious start.
Inspired by a recipe from Genius Kitchen, it’s the ultimate comfort food in the realm of leftovers. A casserole is always a great choice when you don’t have much time but still want a tasty, homemade dinner for your family to enjoy. Plus, the defining characteristic of a casserole — that it’s cooked and served in the same dish — makes it an easy way to go, with little cleanup afterward.
Roasted turkey from last night’s dinner mixed with cream-of-chicken soup, pimentos and potato chips admittedly sounds kind of funky, but hear us out. The contrast of these different tastes and textures adds so much depth and interest to something that might otherwise taste ordinary. And still, the familiar flavors taste like home.
It takes very little time and effort to prepare. Even the kiddos can help! You just mix everything together in a casserole dish, top with crushed potato chips and paprika, and bake.
Even if you aren’t a fan of pimentos, water chestnuts or even turkey, this recipe can work for you. Just substitute in or out any ingredient you wish. That’s the beauty of casseroles. Not a turkey lover? Use cooked leftover chicken. Your family loves broccoli? Chop it up and throw it in. Have a ton of leftover corn? Go for it.
The core of any good casserole includes a thick liquid (think cream of celery if you want to keep in vegetarian), a favorite vegetable, a cooked protein (if you wish), and typically, some kind of cheesy or crunchy goodness sprinkled atop. Many people use potatoes, rice or pasta in casseroles, too. If you do this, the liquid you add can be thinner (milk, cream, stock) because these starchy items will thicken up the mixture while baking.
So take a peek inside your fridge and pantry. We bet you have the makings of a tasty homemade casserole in there somewhere. Just mix it up, bake and enjoy!