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Turkey Gumbo

Turkey left-overs

I’m re-posting this recipe for turkey gumbo from many years ago. Our number has grown and I still use this recipe for anything that is left-over.

This is a sure-fire recipe to use up Thanksgiving (or Christmas) leftovers. ‘Only thing  is, there really isn’t a recipe. You just use up your left-over dishes and layer them into a casserole dish.

This year, due to most of my kids being out of town, one down with the flu, and someone who ended up working longer than planned, we only had thirteen folks at our table. Our 15-pound bird was more than enough for the small crowd, and we had plenty of left-over turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

and how to make turkey gumbo

So, instead of putting each dish into separate containers in the refrigerator for disposal of later, I layered the leftovers into a 9 x 11 casserole dish, covered it and put it in the refrigerator.

On Sunday morning, I put it into a 250-oven before church.  By the time we were ready for lunch, the dish was hot and ready to serve.

bread stuffing

I started with the bread stuffing since it was the driest of all the ingredients.  Next, I layered the turkey and then spread mashed potatoes evenly across the top. Last but not least, I poured gravy over the entire top of the pan.  The gravy seeped down through the potatoes and past the cracks of the turkey pieces. That’s all there is to it – heat it through and you’ve got some tasty turkey gumbo to serve.

ready to go into the oven

Be sure to cover the turkey gumbo with a lid or some tin foil to keep the potatoes from drying out.

Serve with other left-over vegetables or newly cooked vegetables, and you are ready to go!  You can find the recipe for the jello salad here.

Turkey Gumbo

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This is a guaranteed way to use up turkey leftovers - and other leftovers. Whether it's Thanksgiving or Christmas, this recipe will help you use up your leftovers in a way that everyone will enjoy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings


  • 2-4 cups bread stuffing
  • 2-4 cups leftover turkey boneless
  • 2-4 cups mashed potatoes
  • 2-4 cups gravy


  • Using a 9 X 12 casserole dish, layer the ingredients in the above order.
  • Season with salt and pepper as desired
  • Cover with tin foil and refrigerate or freeze for later .
  • To serve, place in 200-250 oven and heat until hot through.
  • Serve with vegetables and a salad of choice.

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