Who is ready for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving feast??? I know I am! But let’s jump ahead real quick to the leftovers that I know are about to overwhelm some of us after the feast. And boy do I have the solution for you…Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole. There isn’t a formal recipe for this one. Only instructions; suggestions really, to help guide you and inspire you to create your own masterpiece.
1. Skip the tupperware!!!
2. Grab the largest casserole dish you have.
3. Layer each and every bit of your leftovers in said casserole dish. I usually begin with the turkey, then the veggies, a layer of mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, applesauce, cranberry sauce, corn bread pudding, etc. You name it, you have it, you add it!
4. Top off with some extra French’s Fried Onions (optional).
5. Cover in tinfoil and either freeze or refrigerate depending on when you plan on eating it. If you have decided to freeze your casserole be sure to remove it from the freezer and let it thaw completely in the fridge before proceeding to the next step.
6. Bake/reheat at 375 degrees covered for an hour or until bubbling.
7. If/when bubbling remove tinfoil and continue to bake until golden brown on top (could take up to an additional half hour depending on your oven). If you are confident enough to use the broil feature on your oven go for it! I am not, and burn everything when I do, so I do not use broil ever!
8. Let the casserole cool for 15-20 minutes or so before serving (a burnt tongue will ruin the flavor explosion experience).
9. Pour yourself a glass of “leftover” wine and enjoy!!!
The flavors come together nicely but in a unique way each and every time depending on both how you layer and what your layers consist of. The final result is a savory but sweet flavor bomb that best captures each and every flavor from the holiday season all rolled into one single bite. It’s an experience for sure! What are you looking forward to most tomorrow? Drop it in the comments.