There is something so magical about Thanksgiving dinner. It is that one meal a year I tend to truly anticipate. As much as dinner itself (honestly, probably more than dinner itself) I look forward to the leftovers! This year, my schedule was making it hard on me to do the prep work I know I need to do to make a meal I’m proud of. So, instead of over extending myself and being a giant stressball full of thinly veiled resentment and anger, I did the grown up thing! I ordered our dinner from Whole Foods. I honestly can’t tell you how much joy it brought me every time I thought of NOT cooking dinner. SO. MUCH. JOY!!!
As it so often goes though, plans changed. Out went our small “just us” Thanksgiving. There were some unexpected last minute guests joining us. Because I only ordered with the five of us in mind, doubling that number made me nervous about serving a 10 pound turkey and for a second I was sweating if there were even going to BE any leftovers. But, there were! (Well, mostly. Jill had to give me some supplemental stuffing and mashed potatoes – thanks Jill for saving my Thanksgiving leftovers!) So I was able to put together this delightful dinner for my family.
I like to make a leftover casserole so we eat it after we get our Christmas Tree. After a long, cold day searching for our Christmas tree on Saturday this was JUST what I wanted to come home to. Jill says it’s best to put together your leftover casserole as you’re putting the leftovers away! Why didn’t I think of that? Because it’s brilliant. If I had put this together as we put everything away Thanksgiving night, I wouldn’t have had to steal leftovers from Jill! Also, Jill swears that it keeps your casserole more moist. If you’re making it out of whatever leftovers you’ve got hanging around, I suggest layering in gravy or sprinkling with chicken broth before you add the mashed potatoes.
Hopefully, you’ve got some leftovers staring you down and you can throw this together. It’s like bite after bite of perfection!
- 2-3 cups chopped turkey
- 3 cups stuffing, crumbled
- 2 cups sweet potatoes
- 3-4 cups mashed potatoes
- 2 cups gravy
- seasonings - salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme
- leftover cranberry sauce
- additional gravy
- Lightly grease a casserole dish and layer turkey and stuffing.
- Dollop a few tablespoons of gravy throughout.
- Spoon on sweet potatoes.
- Season lightly with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme.
- Spoon mashed potatoes over entire casserole. Press down slightly, making sure potatoes are even.
- Poke small holes in the potatoes and pour gravy over.
- Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Don't be afraid to add more or take away some! I think the basics are important, but you can always add in your favorite thing too! Love green bean casserole? Spoon some in! Prefer a mashed sweet potato to russet? Use that as your topping instead! Really, the possibilities are endless!
- Serve with extra gravy and cranberry sauce