Whether you’re doing a “Friendsgiving” this year, feeling ever so slightly less gluttonous, or just wanting to cut down on how many dishes you have to wash, I’ve designed this all-in-one Thanksgiving casserole just for you. Everything you love about Turkey Day, in one dish.
1lb cooked turkey breast, ground turkey or deli meat (we’re not snobs—just make sure it’s high quality)
2 large sweet potatoes
4 celery stalks (use the extra stalks for Bloody Mary’s!)
1 green pepper
1 medium yellow onion
1 bunch curly parsley, finely chopped
2 cups brown gravy (pre-made is fine—just make sure it’s the good stuff)
2 cups cooked rice
1 tbsp. each sage, rosemary and thyme
2 cups bread crumbs
Salt and pepper
First things first: “mise en place!” This French term, meaning to put things in place, is one of the most basic rules of cooking and one of my fundamental beliefs when it comes to working in the kitchen. Prepping all your ingredients first will be helpful since this is a layered dish. Having everything chopped, in its right place and ready to assemble will make the entire process go smoothly.
First peel and chop your sweet potatoes. Place them in a pot of cold salted water and bring to a boil. Cook until well done, then drain. Mash them in the pot and season accordingly. Always ask yourself, “is there a reason for the season?” Taste them and season with salt and pepper as needed.
Next dice your onion, bell pepper and celery. Heat a large skillet over medium with a little olive oil. Put in your “holy trinity” and begin to sweat them. Add your herbs, including the parsley, to the pan. You want everything to be soft but not browned. This should take about 15 minutes. Is there a reason for the season? If so, salt and pepper.
Subscribe_DesperateChef_SiteCook off your rice.
Heat your gravy.
Once you have all of the ingredients prepped and ready to go, or your mise en place is all sorted out, you can start building this puppy.
Start with half of the mashed sweet potatoes spread on the bottom layer of your casserole dish. Next a layer of rice. Then layer a generous amount of your turkey. Next, a layer of the veggie and herb mixture. Then you want to pour a little gravy over the entire dish. Repeat the previous steps for a second layer of savory deliciousness. Mound your bread crumbs on top and finish with more gravy. Place in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. When ready to serve, spoon a little of the casserole on to a plate with some extra gravy and cranberry sauce right on top. Boom, turkeys!
Thanksgiving in one bite.
Jack Burg a.k.a. The Desperate Chef
Photos by: Andrew Stephen Cebulka
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