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Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole Recipe

Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole Recipe

This hearty, rich-tasting main dish is sure to be a hit with your family. It's a delicious way to use up Thanksgiving turkey, and you can substitute 5-1/2 cups leftover mashed potatoes for the 6 potatoes. —Mary Lou Timpson, Centennial Park, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 6 cups unseasoned stuffing cubes
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, divided
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute celery and onion in butter until tender. Remove from the heat.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine the stuffing cubes, poultry seasoning and sage. Stir in broth and celery mixture. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • 4. In another large bowl, combine the turkey, soup, garlic powder and 1/4 cup sour cream; spoon over stuffing mixture. Drain potatoes; mash in a large bowl. Beat in the cream cheese, pepper, salt and remaining sour cream; spread over turkey mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.
  • 5. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 710 calories, 36g fat (20g saturated fat), 143mg cholesterol, 1375mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 36g protein

Reviews for Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole

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Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"I made this tonight far dinner, loved it. I used mashed sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes and stuffing mix. Next time I may add some veggies."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"Delish! The whole family loved it! We added a can of English peas but everything else was the same."

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015


Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015 Edited Apr. 23, 2015

"I assembled and froze this last November using my Thanksgiving leftovers. It was a real treat to defrost and bake on a blustery April day! I divided it approximately in half and used an 8 x 8 square pan, I would say that size serves 4-5. I even had a can of cranberry sauce in the pantry. The only thing I feel it needs is some kind of vegetable layer. Next time I will make sure to save some green bean casserole or carrots to add to it. Other than that it's perfect!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2014

"My family and I loved this casserole. I will make again."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"FABULOUS! I too used a box of stuffing, didn't make the stuffing, just dumped it into the bowl and added the sage and poultry seasoning and then the broth, etc. And I did use the leftover mashed potatoes from yesterday's meal, adding the cream cheese, sour cream, etc; as written. It makes a LOT, so next time I will cut everything in half, or make two smaller casseroles, one to eat and one to freeze. But this is my new go to recipe from now on!"

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"Omygoodness this is a wonderful casserole. I did, however not bake the casserole... I was at work and I put it all together in a crock pot and it turned out AH-mazing!!! Thank you!!!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"thought my leftover Thanksgiving shepherd's pie was good....this is fab"

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"Absolutely a big winner in our family! This dish is delicious!!"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"Very delicious but very filling. Took me a week to eat it all."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"This was delicious. We didn't have all the ingredients so I had to improvise a little, but it still came out good!"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"Got this out of one of my moms cook books a while ago and have changed it around little bits here and there the best one yet was to add Velveeta to the mashed potatoes for a cheese potato top"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"Perfect for thanksgiving! I didn't even have to make anything else except a pumpkin pie and fudge. It was great! The mashed potatoes really made it pop! Delicious! Will make again for a thanksgiving feast! Thanks!"

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013


Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"Awesome! Something the whole family enjoyed. We ran out of stuffing so I just used a box stuffing still very good. Also freezes very well. Note: I cook it then freeze and reheat in the warming drawer."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"Used leftover mashed potatoes and stuffing."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"Perfect for Sunday dinner!"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2012

"This is delicious! Here's a tip: we made this with ground turkey instead of left over Holiday turkey so can be made year-round and it's lower in calories."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"Everyone loved this - what a great way to use left overs!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"I thought this was great. Used leftover stuffing, threw in some corn, made a few more mashed potatoes in addition to our leftovers. Used Healthy Request cream of chicken and low fat sour cream. I will make this every year with Thanksgiving leftovers. We are having leftovers of the leftovers tonight! Thanks for the recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"I have made this instead of mashed potatoes I tend to have leftover dressing, So that is what I used an my husband loved it"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"Excellent recipe. I've been making this for quite some time varying it up a bit depending on what I have on hand. And Robj, I always have leftover mashed potatoes because I make a lot. Also, as this recipe is designed to help use up leftovers in general, I think it's a heads up for anyone planning to use it, to make extra mashed potatoes to save a step."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"Very good and easy to make. My family said this was a new favorite. Wouldnt change or add anything."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012 Edited Feb. 5, 2016

""YOu substitute use 5 1/2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes for the 6 potatoes"...

Seriously? Who ever has leftover mashed potatoes on thanksgiving? Otherwise a stellar casserole recipe!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"I used fat free cream cheese, fat free sour cream, and reduced fat cheddar cheese and cream of chicken soup to lighten up this recipe. Also left out the butter, microwaved the onion and celery, and used extra fat free chicken broth with the stuffing. It was great!!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"This is SO yummy and filling."

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2011

"Loved this casserole. It does taste just like Thanksgiving! Used leftover dressing and instant mashed potatoes. Turned out great.

Will be making again next year."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"Excellent recipe! I made this recipe even easier by using boxed stuffing and my left over mashed potatoes which didn't have the sour cream and cream cheese in them. It still turned out wonderful! I made this in a 8 x 8 baking dish because that is all I needed."

Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"Favourite Turkey casserole ever, I cook a turkey, just for the leftovers to make this casserole! Have used this for Christmas potluck dinners, & just as a fave in my house!!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011 Edited Feb. 5, 2016

"The most delicious casserole, and they are not kidding when they're saying "tastes like Thanksgiving"...It does. Used chicken when I didn't have turkey...tastes almost as good. great recipe. I tried to cut down to only one can of chicken soup...use both."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"I made this recipe once and my husband asked for it again. He really loved it!!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"exellent taste!"

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"We used 2 turkey flavored packages of stuffing instead of the seasoned without the celery, onion, seasoning and broth (because thats what I had on hand) and it was so so good! All my girls at wine club loved it!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"This is so good. We have it almost every week. I used rotisserie chicken yum. yum."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2009

"I made this receipe and it is excellent! I added some dried cranberries to the stuffing, and made some turkey gravey from the stock I had already made! Absolutely terrific. Liz Nyhoff, Lethbridge, Alberta Canada"

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"Made this last night and it is excellent! I defrosted a 10oz box of mixed veggies and sprinkled it over the turkey mixture. Served cranberry sauce and turkey gravy on the side. YUM!"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"My family really enjoyed this recipe. I did not have 2 cans of chicken soup so I substituted 11/4 c of left over gravy and it worked out well. Have a salad on the side and you have a complete meal. Thanks Taste of Home."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"I made this recipe for a church dinner it got rave reviews. I substituted chicken for the turkey."

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009 Edited Feb. 5, 2016

"this recipe is our new fave for leftover turkey!!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

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