This is my friend Lynn's picture of the casserole, I am so glad she and her family loved it!!
First let me preface this post and apologize for the quality of the pictures. I just could not for the life of me get the weather to cooperate!! I tried talking to it, pleading with it, bribing it... nada. I got a total of 15 minutes of actual daylight pretty much all week, and the two bacon pictures below are it my friends! I have to do some research into actual box lights, or lights of any kind. What with winter in full force, I don't think it's going to get any better.
That being said, I really wanted to share this recipe with you because seriously, it was awesome! It is chock full of turkey, bacon, crusty bread and CHEESE! It's downright delicious!! Best of all, all the left over turkey was used up, YAY!! I have no idea what I was thinking buying a 22.5lb turkey when it was just the 7 of us... ugh!
I took the container of the last of the left over white turkey meat out of the fridge, and just stared at it. I thought to myself, "Self, now what? You better find a way of transforming this and prompto because if you serve one more open faced sandwich to the family, I think they will revolt"! So I stared at the turkey some more in distaste. I picked up a sliver, nibbled on it and opened up the fridge to stare at its contents in the hopes of an idea. That is when I spotted the BACON...
The rest as you say is history! I became energized, I actually subdued a giggle! I happily skipped to the pantry, where I promptly picked out a shallot and grabbed a can of vegetable broth. I was so giddy, I started humming a little tune on the return to the kitchen...
I had ideas, I knew what I was going to do, and most of all, I knew dinner was going to "rock"!!
Ready for the recipe? Here we go;
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30-35 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
6-8 slices crusty bread, cut in half - see notes below
4 cups cooked turkey (no need to shred)
*You can certainly substitute leftover chicken as well*
1 lb bacon
1 can (14.5 Oz) vegetable broth
2 cups (1 pkg) shredded cheddar cheese - divided
1/2 tsp black pepper
-Roughly dice the bacon and fry till crisp. Remove to paper lined plate, set aside. Reserve 3 tbsp of bacon grease in pan.
-As bacon is frying, finely chop your shallot. When bacon has been removed from skillet, add your shallot and saute in the reserved bacon grease till soft.
-Preheat oven to 350F
-Pre-spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
-Add your bread slices to the bottom of your casserole dish, fitting them nice and snug. Pour 1/2 the can of vegetable broth over your bread slices, reserve the other half.
-Place your cooked turkey evenly over the bread. Pour the remaining vegetable broth over the turkey and sprinkle with black pepper. Add your sauteed shallots, spread over turkey. Add 3/4 cup of your cheddar cheese over the turkey.
-Let's add our heavenly bacon. Distribute evenly over the turkey mixture.
-Sprinkle the remainder of the shredded cheese over the bacon.
-Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes till turkey has warmed thru and the cheese is nicely melted.
Trust me, it's "to die for"
*Note: I used 1/2 of an Italian loaf of bread. Any "crusty bread" will do for this recipe. I don't recommend a sandwich bread of the sort because it will become soggy with the vegetable broth. A French baguette, ciabatta bread, artisan bread will work wonderfully.
Till next time!!
Dishin with Didi