Cranberry Turkey Casserole – Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

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This weekend I spent almost the entire weekend in the Kitchen.  I am so excited about the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays and all the parties and family get-togethers that we’re planning!  I’m even hoping to host a few at our house.  So, I practiced a few recipes that I wanted to try out before serving it to our guests for the first time.

One that I was excited to create came from a challenge from Stonyfield.  You see, I’m a Stonyfield Yo-Getter {and couldn’t be happier to represent one of my favorite organic brands!} and we had a challenge to create a healthier version of a traditional Holiday meal.

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So, I put on my creative hat and came up with this… a Cranberry Turkey Casserole.  Honestly, it came out of knowing that I would have a ton of leftovers after the Holidays and our family gets tired of eating them the same ole way.  So, if you’re looking for a way to use your Thanksgiving Leftovers, look no further!

finishedcranberryturkeycasseroleThis was the first time that I ever attempted to make my own Cranberry Sauce too!  I’ve always been totally repulsed by the idea of Cranberry Sauce, mainly because the only type I had ever seen served was that out of the can that looked like something even worse than jello, complete with ridges in the sides.

cranberrysauceSo I made my own and turns out, I LOVE cranberry sauce a-top my Turkey!

If you’ve never attempted your own Cranberry Sauce, it’s super, duper easy.  Simply boil 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar, add cranberries and gently boil for 10 minutes.  I chose to add a 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon and Vanilla and a bit of Orange Zest to give my sauce a little umph.

cranberrysaucediyIt was delicious!  Mixed with Stonyfield Yogurt Smooth & Creamy Fat Free Yogurt, it truly is the magical ingredient in this casserole!

So, let’s get started, shall we!?

cranberryturkeycasseroleYou’ll find the full recipe below, with all the ingredients if you’d like to print it or save it in your tablet if you’ve gone green in your Kitchen!

Within the Cranberry Turkey Casserole recipe, you’ll have the opportunity to use your Turkey, Cranberry Sauce, Dressing/Stuffing, and Mashed Potato Leftovers!  The only extra ingredients that you need are Mozzarella Cheese and Stonyfield’s Smooth & Creamy Fat Free Plain Yogurt.  You’ll notice that there is NO mayonnaise in this recipe and here’s why…

Did you know that you can easily substitute some relatively un-healthy ingredients with much healthier options from Stonyfield?

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By using 1 cup of Smooth & Creamy Yogurt instead of mayonnaise, I saved my family and this recipe over 1,300 calories!  Want to learn more about about the benefits of substituting Stonyfield Yogurt for Mayo, Sour Cream, and more – check out the images here.

Back to that magical ingredient – I mixed 1 cup of Cranberry Sauce and 1/2 cup of Stonyfield Smooth & Creamy Plain Yogurt to make a delicious layer of Cranberry Sauce for the Casserole.

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The casserole is made up of 4 layers that will look like this.

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1.  A layer of stuffing covers the bottom.

2.  Next, spread your leftover turkey all over the bottom layer of stuffing and cover with your magical Cranberry and Yogurt mixture.

3.  Mix together leftover mashed potatoes, 1 cup of Mozzarella Cheese, and 3/4 cup of Stonyfield Yogurt and spread over the Cranberry mixture.  Top with remaining Stuffing.

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In a 350 degree oven, the casserole simply needs to warm nicely {and I love the stuffing to get browned and crunchy on top}, so 40 minutes is usually perfect!

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You’ll be so pleasantly surprised by the combined tastes of all your Thanksgiving Favorites in this casserole!  The Cranberry and Yogurt mixture are just the perfect compliment to all the tastes and give it a tiny bit of sweetness to compliment the turkey and potatoes!

platedcasseroleAnd I’m totally convinced to switch out most of my baking with Mayonnaise and Sour Cream in any recipe.  You can’t really taste any difference in the end product, it’s just as creamy and moist as if you’ve used the unhealthy items AND look at the calories and fat you’ve saved!

turkeycranberrycasseroleMy family gobbled this casserole right up!  I think it’s a great way to use those Thanksgiving Leftovers in a unique way instead of simply making Turkey sandwiches with a side of potatoes and stuffing for the next few days after the Holiday!

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Cranberry Turkey Casserole
 
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This Cranberry Turkey Casserole is a great way to use Thanksgiving Leftovers and creates unique, healthy flavors with the addition of Stonyfield Yogurt and Cranberry Sauce!
Recipe type: Casserole
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Turkey, shredded
  • 1 cup Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • 3 cups of Stuffing or Dressing, divided
  • 1¼ cups of Stonyfield Smooth & Creamy Fat Free Plain Yogurt
  • 2 cups Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 cup Mozarella Cheese
Instructions
  1. Gather all your Thanksgiving Leftovers!
  2. In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup Homemade Cranberry Sauce and ½ cup Stonyfield Plain Yogurt.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together Mashed Potatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, and remaining Yogurt.
  4. This casserole is made up of layers - First layer take ½ of your Stuffing as the base layer. Next, spread your turkey on top of stuffing. Then, spread your Cranberry and Yogurt mixture over the turkey. Next layer is the Potato mixture. Top everything off with the last half of your Stuffing.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven!



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  1. Julie Wood
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    This looks so delicious, and I had turkey for Christmas and I like how you use the leftovers to make a Turkey Casserole. I will have to try this. It looks very easy to make, and my family will love it!

  2. This is an amazing looking dish. Since I also make a Turkey at Christmas this will be perfect for the leftovers. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I love crunchy stuffing too. :)
    Carol L

  3. Looks delish!!!
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  4. This looks PERFECT! I think we all have too much leftover turkey every year.

    Thanks!
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  5. Quick question- do you use prepared stuffing in the recipe, or dry?
    Also, i love the yogurt switcheroo! We cant have mayo due to egg intolerance, so it really is a lifesaver!

  6. YUM! This looks amazing! I’m definitely going to make this after Thanksgiving! Pinning for future reference :)

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