THE LAND O'LAKES BLOG — Bringing inspiration to those who share our love of good food. —
Leftover Turkey Stars in This Dish

Have you noticed all the movies named after holidays out there? New Year’s Eve, Ground Hog Day, Valentine’s Day and even A Christmas Story come to mind-- but what about Thanksgiving?

The star of this show would always be turkey, with a supporting cast of dressing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, of course. But let’s face it; you’re only as good as your last role, so it’s important for turkey to reinvent itself the next time it’s featured at the table. Might I suggest using any leftovers from your turkey "premiere" in a deliciously simple Turkey Cheese Strata? It’s a great, family-friendly dish of comfort food that will feed a crowd—brunch, lunch or dinner. Who knows? It may even become a "classic" that’s a requested "re-run" featured on your post-Thanksgiving menu year after year.

The great thing I love about this recipe is you probably have all the ingredients on hand already, so no special shopping is required. Grab the cooked turkey, butter, Cheddar cheese, eggs, milk, cooked bacon and frozen onion and pepper stir-fry blend. If you want, you could even cut up your own mix of onions and peppers, but I love to keep this blend on hand in my freezer for fajitas or chili.

Cover the bottom and sides of a 13x9-inch glass baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter.

Cut 12 slices of white bread into cubes (about 8 cups total). It’s up to you if you leave the crusts on or off.

Place half of this in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Chop approximately 3 cups of cooked turkey before spreading over the bread cubes.

Thaw a package of frozen onion and pepper stir-fry mix --patting with paper towels to dry -- before adding to above dish.

Sprinkle with 2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese.

Top with remaining bread cubes.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter and drizzle over bread cubes.

Crack 6 eggs into a bowl and add 2 cups of milk. Whisk until combined.

Slowly and evenly pour the egg mixture over the prepared ingredients.

Sprinkle with 6 slices of cooked, chopped bacon and let stand at least 30 minutes. At this point, you could cover the dish and refrigerate overnight if you wish to prep the dish ahead of time. Just let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.

Place in a preheated 350°F oven and bake 50 minutes. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese.

Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes (until golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean). Let stand 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

As the famous movie quote says, "I’m ready for my close-up…"

If you’re looking for a use for your leftover turkey, look no further than this Turkey Cheese Strata. Make sure to come back and rate and review the recipe.

Come back in a few days when Alex will share a holiday baking project perfect to do with the kids.

Emily is paid to write for the Land O’Lakes Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Message:

Your friend thought you might be interested in Leftover Turkey Stars in This Dish

Message:

Your friend thought you might be interested in Leftover Turkey Stars in This Dish
Back to Top

• Leave a Comment •

Please correct the item(s) in red below:

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.

Submit
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval

• Comments •

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.

FPO IMAGE

YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.

    Close

    Welcome Back!

    If you are already a member, please sign in.

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.


    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required
    Submit

    Thanks.

    Your question has been submitted.



    Close Window

    Email: