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7 Layer Thanksgiving Hot Dish

By: Kristen Darkow


Happy November! Can you believe how time is flying? Just 23 more days until Thanksgiving! And whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, bringing a dish to pass at someone else’s home, or just want a creative way to use up your leftovers, we’ve got you covered today!

Here in the Midwest, we can make a hot dish out of anything. Yes, even Thanksgiving foods. Full disclosure, this recipe was 100% Andrew’s idea, and even though I didn’t think I could love him any more than I already did, I think this did the trick.

We started brainstorming all of our Thanksgiving favorites – turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole – and discussed how these are all so much better together than they are on their own. And the idea was born. What you’ll need:

-Turkey breast cutlets (or a whole turkey, turkey leftovers, or whatever you prefer!)
-Cream of Onion soup
-Mashed potatoes
-Crispy fried onions
-Shredded cheese
-French style green beans
-Tater Tots
-Turkey Gravy


First, we cooked the turkey on the stovetop.

We also made the Stovetop stuffing (the absolute best, right??). Then we just mixed the green beans, cream of onion soup, and crispy fried onions together in a bowl.

We also made the instant mashed potatoes and gravy on the stovetop.

Now you can start layering up in your baking dish! We did stuffing as the base layer…

And then added the cut up turkey and a drizzle of gravy…

Next up was the layer of mashed potatoes…

And then the green beans…

We topped it with some Tater Tots…

A drizzle of gravy, and some cheese of course!

We baked it at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, and voila!

It. Was. Delicious. I’m the type of person that thinks food is better all mixed together, so this was right up my alley. This time, we were going for a tater tot hot dish vibe, but I think next time we’d top it with some bubble-up crescent rolls instead, since we already have mashed potatoes within the dish. And Thanksgiving isn’t complete without a roll!

What do you think? Will you be making this for your holiday this year, or make it to use up your leftovers? What would you add or do differently? Share with us in the comments below!

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