Leftover Turkey Casserole


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Leftover Thanksgiving casserole can use up just about any leftovers from your holiday meal. You could make a turkey salad, turkey soup or sandwich… but with this leftover turkey casserole you can use up multiple things from Thanksgiving or Christmas in one dish. So convenient!

This is a great option for anyone looking for healthy leftover turkey casserole recipes. It’s naturally low carb (if using my sugar-free cranberry sauce and this roasted turkey) and gluten-free, plus it’s packed with vegetables. And, it’s still filling and comforting at the same time.

Why You’ll Love This Leftover Turkey Casserole Recipe

  • Sweet and savory flavors
  • 10-minute prep
  • Done in 30 minutes
  • No cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup needed
  • Uses up a variety of Thanksgiving leftovers from your holiday table
Leftover turkey casserole with serving spoon.

Ingredients & Substitutions

This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for leftover Thanksgiving casserole, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.

  • Leftover Turkey – For a turkey leftover casserole, use any cooked, cubed, or shredded leftover Thanksgiving turkey you have on hand. If you’re out of turkey, you can also use shredded chicken or rotisserie chicken instead.
  • Green Beans – I used regular green beans with salt and pepper, but you could use garlic roasted green beans, green beans almondine, or any veggie you prefer, such as corn, peas, onions, or broccoli.
  • Cheddar Cheese – Helps meld flavors together. You can also use Monterey Jack, mozzarella cheese, or your favorite melting cheese.
  • Garlic – Use freshly minced for best flavor, or grab jarred minced garlic for convenience.
  • Mayonnaise – I prefer my homemade mayo, but use any brand you prefer (or Greek yogurt).
  • Cranberry Sauce – I always make sugar-free cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving so that’s what I used, but you can use any leftover canned or homemade cranberry sauce you have.
  • Goat Cheese – I used a plain variety here. You can also substitute plain cream cheese, or even grated parmesan.
  • Walnuts – Adds a satisfying crunch to the casserole. You can leave them out for a nut-free option, or swap with other nuts, like pecans.
Thanksgiving leftovers in bowls.

How To Make Leftover Turkey Casserole

This section shows how to make leftover Thanksgiving casserole, with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

  1. Mix. In a large bowl, stir together turkey, green beans, shredded cheddar cheese, minced garlic, and mayonnaise. Spread evenly in a casserole dish.
Leftover thanksgiving ingredients mixed in a bowl.
Leftover ingredients spread into the bottom of the casserole dish.

  1. Layer. Spread cranberry sauce over the casserole mixture. Sprinkle with goat cheese and walnuts (if using).
Cranberry sauce on top of leftover Thanksgiving turkey mixture.
Turkey casserole topped with walnuts and goat cheese.

  1. Bake. Cook the casserole with leftover turkey in preheated oven, until it’s hot and the edges are bubbly.
Finished leftover turkey casserole in baking dish.

Variations

One of the best things about this Thanksgiving leftover casserole? It’s so versatile! In fact, this entire casserole consists of things I always have around at that time of year. You can easily adjust the amounts of each ingredient based on how much you have. Here are some ideas:

  • Turkey stuffing casserole – Add a layer of stuffing to your leftover turkey casserole, if you have some left. You can use traditional versions, or dishes like cauliflower stuffing.
  • Green bean casserole – I used plain cooked green beans with some sea salt, but it would work equally well by layering classic green bean casserole (or my low carb green bean casserole) into it.
  • Ham casserole – If you have holiday ham, you can easily throw that in instead of (or in addition to) turkey.
  • Add starch – I kept this dish light, which is perfect after a heavy holiday meal, but you can add cooked pasta, cooked rice, or leftover roasted sweet potatoes to make it more hearty. You might need to increase the amount of cranberry sauce and mayo if you do this.

Storage Instructions

  • Store: You can store leftover casserole in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Meal prep: Layer your casserole, cover, and store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to bake.
  • Reheat: Cover the baking dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes, until warm.
  • Freeze: Assemble the casserole and store in the the freezer for up to 3 months. (You can also store individual portions instead.) Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or bake directly from frozen.
Leftover Thanksgiving casserole on a plate.

More Ways To Use Leftover Turkey

Need other ideas for leftover turkey meat? Try the soup or salad below, or swap the chicken for turkey in the casseroles to make leftover turkey casserole recipes out of them:

Leftover Turkey Casserole (Easy In 30 Minutes!)

This easy leftover turkey casserole uses up green beans, cranberry sauce, and turkey. It makes the perfect leftover Thanksgiving casserole!

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Total: 30 minutes

Servings: 8 (adjust to scale recipe)

Ingredients

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Instructions

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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).

  2. In a large bowl, stir together the turkey, green beans, shredded cheddar cheese, minced garlic, and mayonnaise. Spread evenly in a 9×13 in (23×33 cm) casserole dish.

  3. Spread the cranberry sauce over the casserole. Top with goat cheese and walnuts (if using).

  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until the casserole is hot and edges are bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving. Serving size in recipe notes above.

Calories 463

Fat 34.1g

Protein 24.8g

Total Carbs 13.5g

Net Carbs 9.5g

Fiber 4g

Sugar 4.5g

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