I was tasked with thinking of my favorite holiday meal for this post - and honestly - my FAVORITE meal - is the day AFTER! I love leftovers! So I created a Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole - the ingredients are flexible - but I promise it will be delicious!
The thing is - you'll have leftover turkey - you know that. What else? Mixed vegetables - of course (nobody ever eats them all). How about rice? Sure - whether it's rice pilaf, wild rice or plain - you'll probably have some of that leftover too! And we always have cheese & crackers sitting out - but there's always crackers leftover (never cheese - right?). So take all of these things and you've got a casserole.
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So what did I do? First I cooked the rice - easy enough in my new fancy purple pan!
Also - here's a tip - sometimes plain white rice is bland (sometimes?!?) I use chicken broth to cook it instead of water - adds lots of flavor!
While that was going - I drained the vegetables and chicken - then mixed them all together. This would work equally well with frozen vegetables - whatever your preference.
Then I mixed in the rice and a can of cream of chicken soup - we always have so many cans of that in the cupboard - one can was perfect. Crack some salt & pepper over the top at this point to add some seasoning.
I topped this with a light sprinkle of cheddar cheese - then - the fun part - crushing up those crackers! It's a great time to get the kids involved (or take out some of that in-law aggression!). These crackers basically fall apart - so it's very easy - just crush right over the top of the casserole. Then sprinkle melted butter over the crackers and bake.
This Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole was a huge hit - my husband usually calls my casseroles "slop" - I came home and he said "Wow - that stuff you made was AWESOME!" HE CALLED IT STUFF! In my book - that's a huge win! ;-)
If you're looking for any other recipes - check out Dollar General Easy Meals - they have lots of easy ideas to help out your holiday meal planning. While they can't help with the in-laws - at least they can make meal time a little better and a little more affordable!
Thanksgiving Leftover CasserolePrep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Ingredients:* Leftover turkey/chicken (I used Clover Valley Canned Chicken - 1 large can, 1 small can)
* Mixed vegetables (I used Clover Valley carrots, canned mushrooms, canned asparagus)
* 2 cups cooked rice (I used 1 cup Clover Valley white rice, 1/2 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup water)
* 1 can Clover Valley cream of chicken soup
* salt & papper to taste
* 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
* 1/2 sleeve (+ a little more) Clover Valley Golden Snack Crackers
* 1/2 stick butter
Instructions:1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Mix together cooked chicken/turkey, rice, vegetables and soup and spread into baking dish.
3. Sprinkle cheese over top of casserole. Melt butter in microwave for 45 seconds.
4. Crush crackers atop cheese. Sprinkle melted butter on top of all the crushed crackers.
5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. (If using frozen vegetables, you may need to add a few minutes.)
6. Serve & enjoy!
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