Leftover Cheesy Turkey Casserole – Jas’ Kickasserole

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You might want to roast turkey all year round for this flavorful leftover cheesy turkey casserole. Not only is this kickasserole easy to make but you can use any kind of leftover meat for an incredibly tasty dish that will have everyone begging for seconds. 

 

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Warm and comforting, heat-and-eat kind of dinner, casseroles are everyone’s favorite. They are easy and adaptable like this one that works with any leftover meat. Thanksgiving is one of the holidays this recipe really comes handy because you know you’ll have leftover turkey.

 

Sure, it’s best to savor the leftover turkey day after the Thanksgiving Day in the same fashion, but all those little bits of meat left behind or sticking to the bones are perfect for casseroles (and for feeding your furry kids, of course).

 

Thanksgiving Leftovers

 
If your Thanksgiving tradition is to serve ham, by any means use leftover ham for this recipe. I have made it with leftover lamb too and it’s super delicious. My husband’s favorite!

 

Just in case you landed here looking for leftover turkey casserole with pasta, know that this one uses rice. You can substitute rice with barley which is my preference. Make sure to get the quick cooking kind because we are all about shortcuts, aren’t we?

 

This leftover turkey casserole is seriously amazing. My husband calls it Jas’ kickasserole and requests it frequently, so I’m always baking an extra large bird for holiday and freezing the leftovers. I’m highly suggesting you do the same.

 

However, the rules are there to be broken, so don’t wait to have leftover meat to make this delicious cheesy casserole. Rotisserie turkey breast (or chicken) is just the thing to get this dish quickly on your table.

 

Now, let’s start making this kickasserole, shall we?

 

Leftover Cheesy Turkey Casserole Recipe

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Delicious recipe for cheesy casserole with leftover Thanksgiving turkey

 

INGREDIENTS:
Serves 4

  • 1 cup rice (Basmati or Jasmin)
  • 2 cups cooked leftover turkey, chopped
  • 1/3 cups white wine
  • 1 (8 oz.) package mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup each shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • One twig fresh rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

~ Free Tip ~

Substitute turkey with any leftover cooked meat you have on hand such as ham, chicken, lamb, pork, or sausage.

 

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium-size saucepan cook rice in 2 cups lightly salted water until cooked, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bay leaf, and rosemary leaves (discard the twig). Sauté until the onions are translucent for about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in turkey and mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes. Discard bay leaf.  Add wine and cooked and drained rice to the skillet and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the cheeses. Put half of the rice mixture in a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup mixed cheese. Layer with the other half of the rice mixture. Top with the remaining cheese. Garnish with sliced tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes, if desired.
  5. Bake in 350 degrees Fahrenheit preheated oven for 20 minutes. Enjoy.

 

Layering the casserole with rice, turkey, mushroom mixture and cheese

Delicious cheesy turkey bake

Leftover Cheesy Turkey Casserole - Jas' Kickasserole

Leftover Cheesy Turkey Casserole
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Easy flavorful leftover cheesy turkey casserole will have everyone begging for seconds.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: casserole
Servings: 4 - 6
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rice Basmati or Jasmin
  • 2 cups cooked leftover turkey chopped
  • 1/3 cups white wine
  • 1 8 oz. package mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup each shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • One twig fresh rosemary
  • Parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium-size saucepan cook rice in 2 cups lightly salted water until cooked, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, bay leaf, and rosemary leaves (discard the twig). Sauté until the onions are translucent for about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in turkey and mushrooms and cook for 10 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Add wine and cooked and drained rice to the skillet and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the cheeses. Put half of the rice mixture in a greased casserole dish. Sprinkle with 1 cup mixed cheese. Layer with the other half of the rice mixture. Top with the remaining cheese. Garnish with sliced tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes, if desired.
  5. Bake in 350 degrees Fahrenheit preheated oven for 20 minutes. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

Substitute turkey with any leftover cooked meat you have on hand such as ham, chicken, lamb, pork, or sausage.

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12 Comment

  1. Reply
    Ginnie
    November 30, 2014 at 11:03 am

    This looks so delicious! Love the name:)

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      November 30, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks Ginnie 🙂

  2. […] In case you’re deciding not to make the same side dishes as before and want to try something new, I would highly suggest roasted butternut squash with pecans and blue cheese or crispy roasted sweet potatoes. Both recipes are super easy to make and fail-free. To use up leftover turkey my two go-to recipes are turkey tacos and kickasserole. […]

  3. Reply
    Jenny Sparmo
    September 10, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Pinning for Thanksgiving time. This looks like an awesome casserole. Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 12, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      I promise you won’t regret it, Jenny! It really is super delicious. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Reply
    Jann Olson
    September 13, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    It’s sound wonderful! I have one I make with leftover turkey, but I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 14, 2018 at 11:32 am

      It’s wonderful with any leftover meat, but turkey takes the cake in my mind 😀

  5. Reply
    Kristen
    September 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    This sounds like such a great idea! I love finding uses for leftovers!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 15, 2018 at 8:04 am

      It really is a kickasserole, Kristen! 😀 Thanks for stopping in.

  6. Reply
    Sandra L. Garth
    September 15, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I may have to make this before Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story and I hope you’re having a great weekend.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      September 15, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      I hope you do, Sandra! 🙂 Thanks for stopping in.

  7. Reply
    Amy
    September 19, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    This casserole looks delicious. It is always great to have a recipe to use up that leftover turkey at Thanksgiving.

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