Recipe by Kraft
"This layered casserole with stuffing, turkey, veggies, mashed potatoes and cheese is the perfect way to serve Thanksgiving leftovers."
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1 (6 ounce) package
STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Turkey
chopped leftover roasted turkey
frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas), thawed
KRAFT Mayo Real Mayonnaise or MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
leftover mashed potatoes
KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese
This is a great recipe. I made it twice. The first time I adapted it to make a festive looking meal for the vegetarian clients of our soup kitchen. I started with Stovetop Cornbread stuffing, prepared as directed then added sautéed celery, onions and grated carrot and pressed it into the baking pan as a crust. I added a layer of chopped Portabella mushrooms which I sautéed with onions and mixed with Italian cheese blend. The top was mashed potatoes, piped into rosettes. This was the first time I felt we presented a vegetarian meal equal to the regular meal. The second time I made it as per the recipe, but using leftover stuffing and a frozen vegetable mix with leftover turkey. The mayo made it moist and enhanced the flavors. The topping was a bit scant because there was only a small amount of left over mashed potatoes. I served it with homemade cranberry relish and no one whined about leftovers.
This recipe is a good base recipe for your holiday leftovers. It can be tweaked to your personal taste which I plan on doing the next time I make it. As written my husband loved the idea behind it and was full of suggestions on how to make it better. One kid ate it no complaints, 2 others picked at their favorite parts and my picky eater wouldn't touch it.
I cooked my "make-ahead" turkey gravy this weekend, so I added extra turkey wings, and used that meat to make half of this recipe. This takes minutes to assemble, and it gets two thumbs up in this house. I had some concerns about the addition of mayo, but I think all is did was add some moisture, but none of its flavor. I can see making this with leftover chicken as well as turkey throughout the year. Great new casserole that will be recycled often here!
I was actually surprised I liked this as much as I did. I did lighten it up by using Kraft reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, Kraft Olive Oil Mayo, and making the stuffing with only 1 TBS of butter. I also added a tsp of poultry seasonings (recipe from this site) to the mayo-turkey-vegetable mix. Garnished the top of the casserole with green onions as well as the paprika. This is a good recipe to use up Thanksgiving leftovers.
I thought this tasted good, but honestly reminded me of a Thanksgiving plate layered. If making this with leftovers, it took considerably more turkey and potatoes than I had expected. I used about 8 good sized medium potatoes and the turkey was about 2/3 of the white meat on a turkey. I liked the potato and stuffing layer. I boiled the potatoes in water flavored with no-sodium chicken broth powder for extra flavor. The stuffing, I tweaked to a homemade stuffing with sauteed onions, dried sage, and some extra bread and a little liquid added to Stove Top's cornbread stuffing. I didn't love the middle layer. I added some seasonings, but it kind of reminded me of turkey salad. I used regular mayo, as I find miracle whip more of a sweet salad dressing. However, all together it worked fine. As this doesn't have any sauce to it, definitely serve with your favorite Thanksgiving additions. Think, I will be making some homemade cranberry sauce to go on the side. It's a must, for me, with a Thanksgiving meal.
OK, so this recipe was a pleasant surprise. I have to be honest and say that I wasn't sure I was going to like it. Sure, I like all of the Thanksgiving food ingredients. But the mixed vegetables, added with the mayo...I was skeptical. But I have to say this casserole is absolutely fabulous! The end result is very pot pie-ish, and that's always a winner with my family. It's the ultimate comfort food, and this puts a wonderful Thanksgiving spin on it!
I was surprised that I liked this, as I AM NOT a casserole person at all. The green beans that I made for Thanksgiving had miracle whip, bacon and onions, so I just used those in place of the frozen mixed veggies and miracle whip in the recipe. What I did like a lot about this is that it sure saves on space in the refrigerator! Rather than 3 or 4 containers of leftovers, you just have one casserole dish.
This was super easy to make. As I was assembling the casserole, my family was saying, "mayonnaise, really." However, when we ate the casserole, everyone said it was good. It is a good way to get my family to eat vegetables. I do think I would add some milk (1/4 cup or more) to the mayonnaise because I like more sauce. Other than that, this is a good recipe to use up all the leftovers.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 329
** Calories from Fat: 186
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