The cool thing about this casserole, based on a recipe from the nice folk at Taste of Home, is that you can make it from your feast day leftovers, or buy deli turkey and make fresh stuffing and mashed potatoes, or, as I did, a bit of one and a bit of the other – I started with leftover Buttermilk Brined Turkey Breast, and made the rest fresh.
•2 cups diced onion
•1 cup chopped celery
•3 or 4 tbsp butter
•6 cups seasoned stuffing cubes
•1 tsp fresh sage
•1/2 tsp garlic powder
•1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper
•1 cup hot corn stock or chicken stock
•4 cups potatoes, cut into chunks
•4 oz cream cheese
•1/2 cup sour cream
•1 tsp dried chives
•1/2 tsp black pepper
•1/4 tsp salt
•4 cups cubed, cooked turkey
•1/4 cup sour cream
•2 cans condensed cream of chicken and ‘shroom soup
•1 tbsp Sherry Peppers Sauce (optional)
•1 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce (or your favorite hot sauce, to taste)
•1-1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese*
Heat your oven to 350º and melt a couple of tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
Combine with the stuffing in a large bowl, then add the seasonings, another tablespoon or so of butter, and stir to mix.
Pour the hot stock over the stuffing in the bowl and stir until it is nicely moistened.
Arrange the stuffing in an even layer on the bottom of a well buttered 13×9 inch baking dish.
Drain and return the potatoes to the pot along with the remaining ingredients.
Mash until smooth and nicely blended, then set aside.
Pour over the stuffing in the casserole.
Spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the turkey mixture, then sprinkle with the shredded cheese.
Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the casserole is heated through.
Serve with cranberry sauce on the side for the full Thanksgiving experience. This one is nice.
Note: as an option, swap out Swiss cheese or Gruyère for the Cheddar.
If this all sounds a bit too much like Thanksgiving dinner for you so soon after Thursday; this Swiss Turkey Casserole is really nice, or, for something completely different, check out these Turkey Tostadas with Chipotle Cranberries.
Options are a good thing when faced with leftover turkey.