Secondhand Turkey Recipe
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Secondhand Turkey Recipe

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Turkey leftovers taste fresh and flavorful in this satisfying casserole, the entree for my favorite post-Thanksgiving meal. Mushrooms, celery and thyme give it a familiar, comforting appeal.—Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2 cups cooked egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1-1/2 cups) equals 479 calories, 24 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 1,038 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 31 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute mushrooms and celery in 3 tablespoons butter until tender. Combine cornstarch and milk until smooth; stir into mushroom mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook for 1 minute or until thickened.
  2. Stir in the turkey, noodles, broth, salt, thyme and pepper. Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Secondhand Turkey in Taste of Home October/November 2006, p33

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1-1/2 cups) equals 479 calories, 24 g fat (13 g saturated fat), 126 mg cholesterol, 1,038 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 31 g protein.

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Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

Made this last night for dinner. It was quick easy and good. I did add some garlic and onion powder to the celery and mushrooms. I'm glad I did, it gave it a little more flavor.

Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

We absolutely loved this dish. Made exactly to recepie.

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

I made this for dinner last night and it was a hit. I used a little extra thyme and used turkey stuffing mix on top.

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

It was really good. I didnt have any celery on hand, so I used carrots. I also added some chopped onion. Actually the carrots made the dish not so bland looking aswell.

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

Day after Thanksgiving...I made this but because I was too lazy to go to the store and buy the mushrooms and celery, I made a roux and then add a can of drained peas because that's what I had on hand. Next time, I will add the mushrooms because I have more cooked turkey. Thank you for this recipe.

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