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This creamy and comforting 4-layer Turkey Stuffing Casserole is a delicious way to use up that leftover turkey, gravy, and prepared stuffing from the holidays. Or you can enjoy a taste of Thanksgiving in casserole form on any weeknight. Freezing instructions are included.
Why I Love This Easy Casserole
The first meal I ever made for my now husband when we were dating was a version of this very casserole, albeit mine had chicken in it instead of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. But, maybe this slightly tweaked casserole can still be dubbed a “win your boyfriend’s heart” tactic, because we’ve been happily married for 22 years now. 🙂
In addition to my fond dating memories attached to this casserole, there are so many other reasons to love it!
- It’s cheesy, creamy, and super comforting! My kids were “oooing” and ahhing” last night when we had it hot from the oven.
- Only four layers. You can either make them yourself (a bit more time-consuming but healthier) or buy them from the store!
- Great way to use up leftover turkey, gravy, and stuffing from the holidays.
- Can make it ahead and freeze one (or more) for later!
You’ll need four basic ingredients for this super easy dish. If you just made Thanksgiving dinner, then you likely have all of these on hand, too.
- Shredded turkey – Try our Easy Roast Turkey Breast with Pan Gravy recipe. If you don’t have turkey, you can easily substitute shredded rotisserie chicken.
- Leftover Gravy or Cream of Chicken Soup – If buying canned soup at the store, I recommend trying to find an organic brand in the health food section to avoid all the preservatives and additives. You can also make your own using our Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup recipe.
- Shredded cheddar cheese – I’ve always used shredded cheddar cheese, but feel free to buy the kind you like best. Colby Jack would also be yummy.
- Prepared stuffing – Use our delicious Homemade Stuffing recipe or you can always take the shortcut of using a boxed stuffing from the store.
How to Make Turkey Stuffing Casserole
You can probably memorize this recipe, to be honest. It only requires three steps.
Prep the Oven & Dish
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8×8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
Layer the Casserole
Layer 1: Add the turkey.
Tip: Add in Veggies
If you want to include some veggies, you can throw some chopped up, lightly steamed broccoli or cauliflower florets with the first (turkey) layer.
Layer 3: Sprinkle on the shredded cheddar cheese.
Layer 4: Top with the prepared stuffing.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until heated through and golden brown on top. Serve hot.
How to Freeze Turkey Stuffing Casserole
One of the perks of this recipe is that it’s super easy to prepare an extra one ahead and freeze it. If you freeze before baking, it will taste like a fresh meal later. Just follow these instructions…
Freeze For Later:
Grease an 8×8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Follow Step 2 in the recipe, putting the casserole together. Do not bake. Cover tightly with a few layers of plastic wrap or foil (or an air-tight lid) and freeze.
Prepare From Frozen:
Thaw completely. Preheat oven to 350°F. Set the casserole on the counter while the oven preheats. Bake according to Step 3 in the recipe.
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Make It Now:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8×8 inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Layer the casserole dish evenly with the turkey, gravy or cream of chicken soup, cheese, and finally the prepared stuffing. (Freezing instructions being here.)
- Bake for about 30 minutes, or until heated through and golden brown on top. Serve hot.
Freeze For Later:
Follow steps 1 and 2. Cover tightly with a few layers of plastic wrap or foil (or an air-tight lid) and freeze.
Prepare From Frozen:
Thaw completely. Preheat oven to 350°F. Set the casserole on the counter while the oven preheats and then bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, until heated through. Serve hot.