Leftover Turkey Casserole

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Leftover Turkey Casserole with an easy creamy cheddar gravy, cornbread and vegetables will make you wish you could eat this casserole for Thanksgiving dinner!

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So Thanksgiving will soon be over and that turkey you guesstimated roughly 2 pounds per person will be half eaten. Thanksgiving leftovers are an art form in our house and leftover turkey recipes are some of the best meals we eat all year!

If you’re looking for leftover thanksgiving ideas think of any of your favorite chicken casseroles. Alyssa recently posted one for Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole that would be PERFECT with turkey.

Personally we also love the Ross Gellar’s Moistmaker, with the gravy soaked layer.

Leftover turkey casserole close up.

Some easy mix-in ideas for this Leftover Turkey Casserole:

  • I used cornbread because that’s our traditional bread option, but you can use Cornbread Dressing too or regular stuffing!
  • Roasted leftover vegetables instead of the classic peas, corn, carrots and green beans are an easy swap.
  • If you want a darker gravy, let your roux cook longer to brown. I also added super sharp cheddar to the gravy.
  • Want something a bit sweet and savory, dot the top with your favorite cranberry sauce.
  • You can even skip the breading altogether and use a brown rice or wild rice.

Steps to making the easiest and most delicious Leftover Thanksgiving Casserole!

Feel free to use any turkey you’ve got left over. Dark meat would of course be delicious too, in fact you could even make this throughout the year using a rotisserie chicken. In place of the turkey drippings or stock you could use chicken stock or broth.

Want a different kind of cheese? I used a pretty sharp cheddar cheese, but provolone, Swiss or mozzarella would work great too.

Love Thanksgiving dinner? What are your leftover favorites?

Leftover Turkey Casserole

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Leftover Turkey Casserole with an easy creamy cheddar gravy, cornbread and vegetables will make you wish you could eat this casserole for thanksgiving dinner!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Sabrina Snyder
Servings: 8


  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 cup turkey stock/cooking juices
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar shredded
  • 2 cups chopped turkey breast meat cooked
  • 2 cups cornbread cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped frozen green beans
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add the butter to a large saucepan on medium heat.
  • Melt the butter, then add the flour, salt and pepper.
  • Whisk well until fully combined and let cook for 1 minute.
  • Add in the stock and whisk until fully combined.
  • Add in the heavy cream slowly in small increments and whisk until fully combined.
  • Add in the cheddar and whisk until melted.
  • Turn off the heat and take out a baking pan.
  • Add the turkey and cornbread to the pan.
  • Top with the remaining ingredients.
  • Pour the cheese sauce over the baking pan.
  • Bake, covered for 20 minutes, then 10 minutes uncovered.


Serves: 8

Calories510kcal (26%)Carbohydrates20g (7%)Protein50g (100%)Fat27g (42%)Saturated Fat15g (75%)Cholesterol185mg (62%)Sodium841mg (35%)Potassium692mg (20%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar5g (6%)Vitamin A3655IU (73%)Vitamin C7mg (8%)Calcium183mg (18%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
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Sabrina Snyder

Dinner, then Dessert is a collection of recipes I’ve created from 8 years of cooking for clients as a private chef, for family (including babies and now a toddler) and friends. As a private chef I cook for client’s everyday meals as well as dinner parties and cooking classes. The blog is a mix of sinful treats and easy meals everyone will enjoy with a short and manageable list of ingredients.

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