Easy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Layered Casserole


This may sound disgusting (as it did to me,) but we heard about it last year, tried it, loved it, and I made it again last night! Hey, it’s a great way to get rid of the clutter in your post-Thanksgiving fridge and look at it this way – if you hate it, the stuff is still gone!

In a casserole sprayed with non-stick spray, make layers in any order, but here’s my preference:
– Mashed Potatoes
– Turkey
– Gravy
– Green Bean Casserole
– Candied Sweet Potatoes (Yams)
– Leftover Hot Rolls
– Cranberry Sauce
Bake at 225º for one hour covered with foil. Then remove foil and bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.
Article submitted by: Sheila Talley, ButYouDontLookSick.com, © 2008

  • this is incredible! when i microwave thanksgiving leftovers, i just pile it all in a bowl and eat it like a mini version of this. i never even THOUGHT to make a casserole out of it! i love it.

  • Connie

    I’ve done that for years and it really is pretty good. Sometimes, if there is leftover pie crust dough, I’ll use that and make a sort of pot pie filled with turkey, stuffing, gravy, and cranberries. Yummy!

  • Amy

    What I do is mix turkey, leftover gravy and green bean casserole, and put in the bottom of a casserole dish (well sprayed with nonstick spray). I then add blobs of stuffing and mashed potatoes, alternating, on top if I have only a little of each. If I have a lot of stuffing, that’s all I use and I make potato cakes with the mashed potatoes. I bake at 350 for an hour.
    I serve cranberries on the side for the casserole since not everyone in the family likes cranberries.
    Potato cakes: put in 1 egg and about 1/3 C flour and a pinch of salt for every 2 C of mashed potatoes and mix well. Pat into patties and coat with flour. Fry in skillet sprayed with nonstick spray or use a little olive oil and/or butter. Patties should be about a half inch thick and cook until top and bottom are golden brown.
    For leftover sweet potatoes, you can also mix them in with mashed potatoes and warm together, or make sweet potato cakes but you’ll need more flour in them and lower heat as they might burn more quickly if you made a sugary casserole. Sweet potatoes are IMO better baked, and you can keep a little maple syrup, brown sugar, and butter for those who like to add the sweetness.
    Another idea: Take leftover turkey and any vegetable made without a sauce, put into a sprayed casserole dish with spaghetti sauce and bake at 350 for an hour. As soon as you put it in, boil macaroni and add cheddar soup to it along with 2 slices of American cheese (you can also toss in grated colby jack and/or paremesan). That will take close to 25 min. As soon as the macaroni is cooked, drained, and the cheese sauce is added/mixed through, open the oven and pour evenly across the top of the vegetable and meat mix. Bake for another 20 min., then sprinkle grated cheddar across the top and cook until golden brown. You can also add turkey or regular pepperoni to the meat to give it an added zip, just don’t overdo it. This one is good for needing to use up turkey and disguising the taste!