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Layered Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole Recipe {30+ Healthy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes}

by Jeanette on November 27, 2013 · 31 Comments
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This Layered Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole is an easy and delicious way to use up leftover turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and green beans.
Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole © Jeanette's Healthy Living
Thanksgiving is my family’s favorite holiday, perhaps because it’s the kickoff to the holiday season. We keep things pretty simple for our Thanksgiving dinner because I find my kids like having exactly the same meal every year. Plus, I’m the one doing all the cooking.

This Layered Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole has been a tradition in our family for many years. Immediately after everyone’s done eating, and cleanup is in progress, I put a big pot of water on the stove and make turkey stock using the turkey carcass. Then, I assemble this casserole, layering all the leftover Thanksgiving sides and turkey.

The next day, all I have to do is pop the casserole in the oven, warm up some gravy, and dinner is ready. My kids love this idea, and it’s so easy.

Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole © Jeanette's Healthy Living

If you’re looking for more ways to use up your Thanksgiving turkey and leftovers, check out these recipes which are on the lighter side from some of my fellow foodie friends.

30+ Healthy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Soup/Stew/Chili Recipes using Thanksgiving Leftovers

Turkey Congee
Turkey Soba Noodle Soup
Vietnamese Turkey Noodle Soup (substitute turkey for chicken)
Coconut-Lime Turkey and Rice Soup, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Sweet and Spicy Turkey Curry Soup, Good Life Eats
Turkey Veggie Tray Soup, The Chic Life
Turkey Barley Soup, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Turkey and Pinto Bean White Chili with Lime and Cilantro, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Turkey Pho, Closet Cooking
Soup Recipes for Leftover Turkey, Soup Chick
Turkey Corn Chowder (substitute turkey for chicken)
Turkey Vegetable Curry, Food For My Family
Turkey and Vegetable Moroccan Stew, The Vintage Mixer
Turkey Chili, Simply Recipes

Thanksgiving Leftover Brunch/Lunch Recipes

Turkey Kale Egg Breakfast Casserole, The Chic Life
Turkey Vegetable Hash, The Edible Mosaic
Turkey Fried Rice (substitute chopped turkey for shrimp)
Cold Asian Noodles with Peanut Sauce (substitute turkey for chicken)
Stir-Fry Noodles with Turkey and Chinese Vegetables (substitute cooked turkey for chicken)
Turkey Apricot Sliders, The Kitchen Is My Playground
Thanksgiving Tostados Two Ways, Family Fresh Cooking
Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad, Craving Chronicles
Autumn Turkey & Apple Salad, Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Leftover Turkey, Cranberry and Pesto Panini, Wine and Glue
Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla, Emily Bites

Thanksgiving Leftover Dinner Recipes

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Turkey
Gluten-Free Turkey Biscuit Pot Pie, Sugar-Free Mom
Thanksgiving Leftovers Made Into Poutine, Farm Fresh Feasts
Curried Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, The Chic Life
Pumpkin Mac and Cheese, The Law Student’s Wife
Cranberry BBQ Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Cupcakes and Kale
Leftover Turkey Lasagna Rolls with Sun-dried Tomato and Spinach, Cookin’ Canuck
Leftover Turkey, Farro and Cranberries, Reluctant Entertainer
Brown Rice Salad with Leftover Turkey, Red Cabbage and Pecans, Kalyn’s Kitchen

More Recipes Using Thanksgiving Leftovers

Maple Walnut Sweet Potato Hummus, Cupcakes and Kale
Sweet Potato Cookies, The Law Student’s Wife
15 Healthy Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers, Sugar-Free Mom

Today, I’m participating in Food Network’s Fall Fest where Thanksgiving Leftovers are being featured. Please be sure to check out what my fellow foodie friends made.

Napa Farmhouse 1885: Smashed Potato Tacos with Guacamole & Pico di Gallo
Red or Green: Spiced Winter Squash Muffins
Virtually Homemade: Mashed Potato Pancakes with Homemade Applesauce
Feed Me Phoebe: Turkey Noodle Soup with Ginger and Cilantro
Weelicious: Turkey Shepherd’s Pot Pie
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Cabbage Roll Stuffed Cabbage with Turkey
Domesticate Me: Mashed Potato Pancakes with Goat Cheese and Chives
The Sensitive Epicure: Cranberry Almond Pancakes with Maple Bourbon Cranberry Syrup (Gluten-Free)
Dishin & Dishes: Turkey Quesadillas with Spicy Cranberry Cream
FN Dish: 10 Ways to Reinvent Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thank you for your readership this year!

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Layered Leftovers Casserole
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There are no set measurements for this recipe. Simply layer whatever leftovers you have into a casserole pan right after Thanksgiving dinner; cover and keep in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a lightly oiled casserole dish, layer stuffing, turkey, green beans, and mashed sweet potatoes. Cover with foil. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until heated through. Serve with cranberry sauce and gravy.
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  1. Thanks Jeanette! I appreciate you including my Gluten Free Turkey Biscuit Pot Pie! I’ve also linked this post to my own leftover recipes post today! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. That layered casserole is gorgeous, Jeanette! Great round-up too…thanks so much for including me! xo

  3. The casserole looks really super!

  4. Your casserole looks fantastic Jeanette and a great idea for using up all the leftovers. Warm wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

  5. Thanks for featuring some of my recipes in your fabulous list! :) Your layered casserole sounds like a great way to repurpose leftovers! Good luck with the Healthline contest! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Thanks Angie – it’s our traditional dinner the night after Thanksgiving.
    Thanks Kelly – Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too!

  7. I could totally see this being a leftovers crowd pleaser! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. I could go for a big plate full of that Thanksgiving leftovers casserole right now! Great round-up! Thanks for including me, and hope you’re having a great day!

    • Thanks Kalyn – we’re having this for dinner tonight, it’s our traditional meal the night after Thanksgiving. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. My vote is for you. Such a humble thing to do. Your blog is amazing and love all your healthy stuff.

    • Thanks so much Ash – every little bit we can do can help organizations such as Feed My Starving Children. Hope you had wonderful Thanksgiving!

  10. Great roundup of Thanksgiving leftovers!

  11. Jeanette,
    What a wonderful idea to feed children–sounds like a terrific organization!
    I wish you luck on the voting!
    Thank you for including my Poutine in your round up.

  12. Great article. You can never find enough uses for all of these leftovers.

  13. That casserole looks great! All the turkey made it’s way into soup as per family tradition but next time I make a turkey I’ll keep some of these recipes in mind!

    • Davida – I love making turkey stock with the carcass after Thanksgiving – so much flavor from the roasted turkey.

  14. Great list of leftover ideas, I especially love all the soup and stew options! I love a great turkey stew, will be our dinner tonight!

    • Thanks Pamela – hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Turkey stew sounds like a really comforting meal – I’ve got to try that too!

  15. Such a yummy round-up of Thanksgiving leftover ideas! I just wish I had leftover to make something with :-) My mother-in-law hosted Thanksgiving, so no leftovers for us {poor hubby thought we would at least have some turkey to take home for a sandwich} I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Thanks EA – hope you and your family had a wonderful celebration – always a plus when you don’t have to host, although I hear you on the leftovers – I do like to have enough for a few days.

  16. Hi Jeanette, what a terrific round up of ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. :-)

  17. Your casserole looks amazing. Wishing I had more leftovers now!! And thanks for sharing my Moroccan Stew :)

  18. oh no, I found these recipes after Thanksgiving, but I think you can also enjoy it in other days … thanks :)

  19. I love you leftover casserole idea! One of the best sandwiches I ever ate was a turkey sandwich at Saks, in Tempe, Az. They put all the Thanksgiving fixings into a sandwich, dressing, potatoes, and cranberry sauce are included too, so I’m sure your casserole is wonderful!

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