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

1-1/2 cup: 479 calories, 24g fat (13g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 1038mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 31g 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

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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katecrid47 62228
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."

jesboc 67294
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"We absolutely loved this dish. Made exactly to recepie."

momof4RN 156581
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."

ToshaCu 207609
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."

jslvsclf 67279
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."

jslvsclf 86010
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"This looks so good-I can't wait to buy the turkey! Thanks! :)"

sissymae 152477
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"Substituted Stuffing for the noodles, and used lots of fresh sage, served it with cranberry sauce. Really, really good!!"

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