Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Turkey Day Casserole

During my first pregnancy, I fell in love with The Food Network.  While on bed rest, I watched episode after episode.  Semi Homemade with Sandra Lee stood out to me as food I might be able to make.  She had tons of shortcuts for busy people.  My dad and I take turns talking up her recipes.  Recently, he found a new discount store near his home; they had an entire section of Sandra Lee stuff.  He bought me two new cookbooks.

I chose to try this recipe because many of the ingredients are on sale as Thanksgiving approaches.  My favorite local grocery store had a special on ground turkey for $1 a pound.  This was super easy to put together and tasted wonderful.  I plan to make it with my Thanksgiving leftovers in a few weeks, substituting turkey leftovers and homemade mashed potatoes. I can't wait!

  • 1 container (24 oz) mashed potatoes
  • 1 pound uncooked ground turkey
  • 1 box stuffing for turkey
  • 1 can (16 oz) whole cranberry sauce
  • 2 jars home-style turkey gravy
  • 2 T butter, cut into small pieces

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit   Microwave mashed potatoes, uncovered in container on high for 1 minute.  Stir to break up potatoes.
  2. In a medium pan, brown ground turkey; drain.
  3. Spread dry stuffing mix in the bottom of a casserole dish.  Top with cranberry sauce.  Layer turkey and 1 jar of gravy.  Spread mashed potatoes over layers in dish.  Dot with butter pieces.
  4. Bake in oven for 30 to 40 minutes
  5. Serve; heat remaining gravy (I suggest trying the dish before opening the second jar; we didn't need one).  Serve with casserole.
This version is made from leftovers, so the turkey is not ground.  Not a totally photogenic meal, but delicious!

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15 minute prep; 40 minutes baking time
Source: Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Recipes


  1. The dressing did not absorb the liquid and it was still dry and crunchy. I followed directions exactly. Any suggestions?

    1. I've made this a bunch of times; every once in a while, I have crunchy stuffing in the corners. I just mix it all together on my plate. I haven't tried adding any water to the stuffing prior to other recipes in which I bake stuffing, I do add water. You could try adding the gravy before the turkey too.