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Turkey casserole

Turkey casserole
Los Angeles Times

The annual Thanksgiving feast is a time when home cooks enjoy pulling out all the stops and preparing copious amounts of tradition-loaded dishes to share with friends and loved ones. This excitement often leads to preparing enough food to satisfy ... Read more

Total time: 1 1/2 hours | Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 pound applewood smoked bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
  • 1 large onion, diced 3/4 inch
  • 2 packed cups leftover turkey meat, diced 3/4 inch
  • 1 pound (about 2 medium) baked garnet yams, diced 3/4 inch (candied leftover yams can be substituted)
  • 2 cups cooked Brussels sprouts, cut into quarters
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh sage leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 ounces (about 1 1/2 cups) grated Gruyere cheese
  • 20 saltine crackers
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter the sides of a 9-by-9-by-2 1/2-inch baking dish and set aside.

Step 2Heat a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and bacon strips and cook, stirring frequently, until the bacon is almost crisp. Add the diced onion, and continue cooking until the onion is golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat.

Step 3Add the turkey, yams, Brussels sprouts and sage, and gently fold together to distribute the ingredients evenly. Season with one-fourth teaspoon each salt and pepper, or to taste, then transfer to the baking dish and gently press to create a level surface.

Step 4To make the Gruyere cheese crust, combine the grated cheese, saltine crackers, pecans, butter and flour in a food processor. Briefly pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped (about one-fourth-inch pieces) and mixed together. Distribute this mixture evenly over the top of the casserole.

Step 5Place the casserole in the center of the oven and bake until the crust is golden brown, about 1 hour.


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