Since we host Thanksgiving for our relatively small families, we always have A LOT of leftover turkey. I am not one who likes to eat plain ole turkey after the holiday, so I try to find creative ways to incorporate it in recipes. I am a fan of casseroles (my husband is not, bless his heart!), and I usually make at least one casserole from turkey leftovers. Listed below are the ingredients and directions to the casserole I made this year. I am certain that it is not unique to me; however, I did not follow a specific recipe.
Casserole ·a cup of uncooked pasta (I used small shells because that’s what I had on hand) ·an 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened ·a can of cream of chicken soup ·a cup of turkey (more or less) ·a packet of dry ranch seasoning ·a soup can of milk ·¼ cup of ranch dressing ·a cup of shredded cheddar cheese Topping ·a cup of pretzels, Cheese Its, or something similar (I used mini cheddar cheese pretzels) ·½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese ·onion powder to taste ·parsley flakes Directions: ·Prepare noodles according to package. Drain. ·Mix cream cheese, soup, turkey, dry ranch seasoning, milk, ranch dressing, and cheddar cheese until well blended. Note: I chopped my turkey in a food processor. I don’t like chunks of meat in casseroles. ·Pour mixture in a casserole dish. ·Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. ·Meanwhile, blend pretzels, cheddar cheese, and onion powder in a food processor until pretzels are in tiny pieces but not pulverized. Stir in parsley flakes. ·Add topping to casserole and bake for another five minutes. ·Let set approximately five minutes before serving.
My husband declared it “very good.” I thought it was yummy. Its versatility allows substitution of meat, cheese, and seasoning for a quick, easy meal throughout the year. However, the next time I make it, I will either use Cheese Its in the topping mixture or simply garnish with French fried onions; the pretzels were a tad chewy. So, if you are searching for a way to use that leftover turkey, I hope this helps!
Do you have a creative way to use leftover turkey? Please share in the comments!