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Thanksgiving Leftovers are amazing the first night, maybe two nights after Thanksgiving….but what about night 3? Still have Thanksgiving dinner leftovers to eat, and your enthusiasm for eating the same thing again is lacking? Enter Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole! Layer leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce, add some extra gravy over the top! It’s the perfect way to reinvent leftovers!
Reinvent Your Thanksgiving Leftovers
This recipe is more of a METHOD than a recipe, so feel free to use whatever Thanksgiving leftovers you have and continue layering. This is a great way to use up your leftovers and create a delicious and easy recipe.
This casserole can include turkey leftovers, cornbread stuffing, sweet potatoes, leftover potatoes, macaroni and cheese, corn casserole, leftover veggies etc. You could even add leftover french fried onions over the top of the casserole if you have them. YUM!
How to Make Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole
Like mentioned above, this “recipe” is more of a method than recipe. Use whatever Thanksgiving leftovers you have.
For full details, including ingredients and measurements that I used, see the printable recipe card down below. Here is how I used our leftovers:
Preheat Oven + Mix Turkey and Cranberry Sauce Together
Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter or use non stick cooking spray on a 9×9 casserole dish.
In a large bowl, mix leftover turkey and leftover homemade cranberry sauce together and layer in bottom of dish.
Layer Side Dishes
To the turkey mixture, layer the leftover mashed potatoes, leftover stuffing, and leftover green bean casserole.
Pour Gravy Over the Top + Add Chicken Broth to Moisten (If Needed)
Pour gravy over top of casserole layers. Add some chicken broth or turkey stock as needed, depending on how dry your stuffing is. Distribute pads of butter evenly over the top of casserole.
Bake + Serve
Cover casserole with aluminum foil and slide it into the preheated oven. Bake for about 30 minutes or until heated through. Serve warm.
Storing + Reheating Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole
Allow casserole to cool completely to room temperature before placing in an airtight container. Store in the fridge. Because this dish is made from leftovers, use your best judgement on how long it’s safe to eat. Most Thanksgiving leftovers are good in the fridge for 3-4 days, so make this casserole asap!
To reheat- reheat in 30 second intervals in the microwave until heated through.
FAQ About Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole
Yes, rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken or turkey breast totally work great! The best way to use up leftovers is to throw them into a casserole!
It all cooks at the same time and can easily be modified according to how much of each leftover you have. If you have a ton of leftovers, you can double this recipe and cook it in a 9×13 pan.
It’s not recommended to eat leftover turkey after three to four days in the refrigerator.
Other ingredients you might consider adding are sour cream, bacon, brussels sprouts, cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, or a little garlic powder.
More Casserole Recipes to Try
- Friendsgiving Casserole
- Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
- Creamy Ranch Chicken Casserole
- Southwest Chicken Pasta Casserole
- Taco Casserole
I hope this recipe helps you use up all those Thanksgiving dinner leftovers! It’s such an easy meal that is loaded with my favorite comfort food! Have a great day, friends! 🙂
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Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole Recipe
- 2 cups leftover turkey shredded or cubed
- 1 cup leftover cranberry sauce
- 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
- 2 cups leftover stuffing
- 1 cup leftover green bean casserole
- 1 cup leftover turkey gravy
- chicken broth as needed
- 1/4 cup butter divided into pads
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter a 9×9 baking dish
- Mix leftover turkey and leftover homemade cranberry sauce and layer in bottom of dish
- Layer the mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green bean casserole
- pour gravy over top
- Add chicken broth as needed (depending on how dry your stuffing is)
- Distribute pads of butter evenly over top
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until heated through
- Serve warm