Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole

by Christina Tosi

The beauty of this recipe is that it requires very minimal - basically no - cooking. All of that hard work you put into your Thanksgiving feast is celebrated in this sweet and savory, layered creation in Pyrex Deep. The jam brings a bit of brightness to balance the hearty turkey and potatoes - with the croissant acting as the buttery backbone. This combo is based on my favorite Thanksgiving all-stars but easily adaptable based on what survives your holiday table.

Layered Thanksgiving leftover casserole



3 large croissants, sliced in half

4 cups mashed potatoes, divided

1 cup gravy

1 cup cranberry sauce

2 cups turkey, torn into bite size chunks

½ cup roasted root vegetables


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray your Pyrex Deep Dish with cooking spray.
  3. Line the bottom of your dish with the bottom halves of the croissants - outsides facing down.
  4. Using a spoon, spread the first cup of mashed potatoes on top of the croissant layer, drizzle with a thin layer of gravy.
  5. Using a different spoon, spread a thin layer of cranberry on top of the mashed potato gravy layer.
  6. Repeat the mashed potato/gravy layer atop the cranberries.
  7. Top this layer of potatoes/gravy with the cut up pieces of turkey - spreading evenly to cover the potatoes.
  8. Top the layer of turkey with another of potatoes, gravy, cranberry, and more mashed potatoes.
  9. Finish the layer with the tops of the croissants, arranged side by side to cover the potatoes.
  10. Sprinkle with the root vegetables then cover with tin foil and bake until all layers are heated through, about 12 minutes.