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.
· 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
· 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
· 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!