There's just something so comforting about turkey. Maybe it's that turkey is a reminder of Thanksgiving and all of the wonderful smells that go along with the holiday. There's no need to wait until Thanksgiving to start cooking, though or if it's after, use these recipes to help rid your kitchen of the leftover turkey.
Check out these 7+ mouth-watering casseroles that are made with turkey, and you'll be hitting up the grocery store well before turkey day so that you can enjoy these casseroles year-round.
1. Turkey enchilada casserole
If you have never used tortillas in a casserole, you need to try the recipe that follows as soon as possible. When tortillas are covered with sauce and cooked, they soften up so much that they are almost like noodles. Casseroled tortillas are delicious without taking away from all the other turkey goodness this dish is brimming with. Get the recipe here.
2. Turkey tetrazzini casserole
Why is it that chicken always gets to have all the fun when it comes to tetrazzini -- especially when there's another protein -- turkey -- that's just as delicious and stands in for chicken rather nicely? In addition to the mushrooms that are so important to any tetrazzini, this dish also uses frozen peas. Don't feel as though you have to limit yourself to just those. Any vegetable works wonderfully in this casserole. Get the recipe here.
3. Creamy turkey casserole
Turkey is delicious, and there's no reason to reserve it only for the holidays. Turkey can be a great switch from other proteins that typically appear on family tables, especially when prepared using this recipe. It's much easier to make than roasting an entire turkey.
4. Turkey noodle casserole
Tuna casserole is the ultimate comfort dish in many households. In others, it has one main ingredient that may have some turning up their nose: tuna. There's no reason these tuna-averse diners should miss out on the goodness this casserole brings. There's a very simple solution. Swap out tuna for turkey, as in this recipe.
5. Turkey and mashed potato casserole
Don't you wish you could just whip up a Thanksgiving dinner any time you wanted? It tastes delicious, but it's so much work! Roasting an entire turkey, fixing all the sides and getting it onto the table in time for a busy weeknight meal? That's not something most people have the time -- or the ambition -- for. The recipe, however, is simple enough to make whenever you want.
6. Turkey casserole with bacon and bechamel
Culinary schools often teach how to make classic French mother sauces. It can be a little intimidating. But bechamel is just flour and butter combined with milk! That's country gravy; that's not so hard! Get the recipe here.
7. Turkey sausage Alfredo casserole
There's something comforting about a casserole. Maybe it's the way it bubbles around the edges when it comes out of the oven, or maybe it's the crispy cheese that crusts into browned perfection on top. This casserole has both, plus a creamy garlic cheese sauce with spicy sausage that bakes into every bite.