RECIPE: French Onion Turkey & Green Bean Casserole


This past Thanksgiving gave us a ton of left overs. We hosted it and had a lot of fun making a huge meal for our family. But the next day we were knee deep in turkey, green beans and bread (oh, and pie, and sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes, and cookies...).

What to do with all this food?
Make a turkey casserole with green beans (and whatever other vegetables you have left over)!

This was adapted from CampbellsSoup.com, and I upped the turkey amounts, used green beans, and cut the dairy by adding chicken broth (I'm trying really hard to cut dairy out of my diet). It has more of a bread pudding or strata kind of vibe versus a pasta or rice casserole. It's a nice change to the casserole rotation we usually have going.

The Swiss cheese gave it a slightly earthy, bitter tang that went nicely with the french onion flavors. I think a White Cheddar or Gruyere would work nicely, too. If you have a handful of other cooked vegetables left over, you can throw those in as well. You can have some left over fun with this recipe for sure.

The best part, it was so easy after a long day of entertaining, I was so exhausted! This baked in the oven while I got the Christmas decor up. Easy, peasy and yummy. Score!


French Onion Turkey & Green Bean Casserole 
adapted from CampbellSoup.com 

Ingredients:

6 eggs 
1 can of condensed French onion soup 
1 cup of whole milk 
1 cup of shredded Swiss cheese 
1 cup of chicken broth 
2 tablespoons of fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons of dry thyme 
1/4 teaspoon of salt 
7 to 8 slices of thick cut bread 
3 cups of leftover cooked turkey, chopped 
1/2-3/4 cups of chopped cooked green beans 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.
Spray a 9" x 9" or 11" x 7" casserole pan.

In a very large bowl mix the eggs with the soup, the milk and the chicken broth. Then mix the thyme, salt and fresh ground pepper, and the bread cubes. Then mix the turkey and 3/4 cup of cheese and mix well. Reserve 1/4 cup of cheese for the top.

Pour into the casserole dish, then sprinkle 1/4 cup of the cheese on top as well. Bake for about 1 hour until hot and bubbly and the center as well as sides are puffy and set. Let it set for 15 minutes before serving. 

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