Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I’ve been in the kitchen testing and prepping dishes for our family meal. Despite the fact that I just confessed my aversion to leftovers, I’m sharing yet another recipe that will change the way you think about all of the food you’ll likely have in your fridge after the holiday. I’ve been working with Hellmann’s for the past 3 years, and what I love is how versatile their simple, 3-ingredient mayonnaise is. Traditionally, I’ve used it as a spread or in savory dishes, but the chocolate cupcakes Magnolia Bakery whipped up this Fall in honor of Hellmann’s 100 Year Anniversary celebration in New York.
But I digressed (chocolate has a way of doing that!). What do you do with all of that leftover turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes? I prefer to use all of these ingredients in a casserole dish. I honestly wasn’t sure how everything would taste baked together, but add a bit of cheese and mayonnaise and the resulting dish is a delight to the palate! Here is Hellmann’s Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipe:
- 4 cups leftover prepared stuffing divided
- 4 cups coarsely chopped leftover cooked turkey about 1 lb.
- 3/4 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise divided
- 1/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
- 2 cups prepared mashed potatoes
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375°.
Spray 8-inch baking dish with no-stick cooking spray.
Spoon in 2 cups stuffing, then top with turkey.
Combine 1/4 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise with cranberry sauce; evenly spread over turkey.
Combine remaining 1/2 cup Mayonnaise, potatoes and cheese in large bowl.
Evenly spread on turkey, then top with remaining 2 cups stuffing.
Bake 40 minutes or until heated through.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Garnish, if desired, with dried cranberries.
In order to prepare this dish, I made each ingredient separately, then put the casserole together. The process took several hours, however, ideally you’ll already have these ingredients prepared you’ll need just 10-15 minutes to prepare the dish. Since everything is cooked, the baking time suggested will ensure all of the ingredients are heated thoroughly and the cheese has melted.
As I mentioned above, the dish is absolutely delightful. I used a more savory, homemade cranberry sauce and it worked well (although I recommend being generous since the recommended amount is almost not enough). On the contrary, I felt like the amount of turkey suggested was too much so I cut it back by 1/4. I also added some extra stuffing on top since I like my casseroles nice and crispy! Definitely top the dish with dried cranberries as it adds just the perfect amount of sweetness to the dish.
What are your favorite leftover recipes? I’d love to share them below!
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