I'm gonna keep this short, because if you're like me you're still working through your turkey leftovers even though you were worried you wouldn't have enough you somehow managed to have turkey to eat for the last several days.
But don't fret. Because this classic leftover turkey casserole dish is SOOO simple and SOOO delicious that if you DON'T have any turkey left, you're gonna be sad and might actually run out to get one just to eat this.
See how busy/manic I am? I can't seem to stop writing in run-on sentences because it gives the appropriate feeling of rushing.
And you know what I love about this recipe? If you are rushing/manic (like me) then this dish is perfect for you because you literally throw some things together in a dish and pop it in the oven. This is the way you should do things after the awesomeness of a holiday in which you spent most of an entire day in the kitchen, doncha think?
Yeah, me too. And this classic recipe comes from "Auntie Hee-hee" (which is a secret name for someone who was afraid of living in infamy on the internet). She is shy, but also a wiz in the kitchen. And what I love about "Auntie Hee-hee's" recipes are that she 'GETS IT.' In other words, she has three kids and a busy work/personal life, and so even though the cream of chicken soup is CRINGE WORTHY (I was not allowed to take a picture of it, but I know you know what I mean) it's strangely effective in making this dish both yummy and simple. So she uses it and tells me to "get over it." :) This dish is not about health; it's about ease. And so we open the can and go for it. (My apologies to anyone reading this who refuses to eat things out of a can.)
To "cabin garden" this up a bit, "Auntie Hee-hee" threw in some red peppers (for a little bit of color), along with the classic onion - and then because we just love this stuff and keep finding ways to use it, we also sprinkled on top some of our homemade crushed spicy peppers for a little heat. Added yum.
Leftovers turned into a simple, classic leftover turkey casserole? Makes that can goo worth it, I promise.
- 1 box of noodles (in any preferred shape)
- 1/2 large onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 2 cans, cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 3-4 cups turkey
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cook noodles, al dente
- Mix it all together in a large baking dish and pop into the oven
- Bake for 45-60 minutes, covered, until bubbling
- Last 5 minutes, remove cover
- Sprinkle with crushed up potato chips/ritz crackers (optional)