Do you like potlucks?
I love them! A potluck is a party, in which each person attending would bring one dish to share. One person would be in charge of beverages, another person is in charge of desserts, etc. Or, there'd be several different teams, so that nobody would have to shoulder the burden alone. For example, you would have a "dessert team," the "beverages team," etc.
One of my favorite things to bring to a potluck is a turkey pot pie, which is also known as a "Thanksgiving leftover casserole," if you use Thanksgiving food!
This savory dish, consisting of turkey (or chicken, if you prefer), your favorite vegetables (I like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and peas), cream soup (you may substitute this with gravy), and then topped with turkey stuffing (large chunks of bread crumbs). This dish is comparable to the Shepherd's Pie, but it's topped with stuffing instead of mashed potato.
There are many variations of this dish floating around on the Internet, but I find that mine is a much healthier option.
What I like most about this recipe is how healthy it is. It uses very little salt, sugar, and fat, yet it is very flavorful. The casserole is a great way to get your lean protein and vegetables in as well.
*Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
What you will need for 6-8 servings:
2 cups of cooked turkey meat, cut into small cubes.
2 cups of prepared stuffing (if you don't have this, I have an easy recipe below), set aside for later.
1 can of low-sodium cream soup, such as cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, etc. (or 1 cup of gravy).
1/2 cup of water.
3/4 cup of broccoli florets.
3/4 cup of cauliflower florets.
3/4 cups of chopped carrot.
1/2 cup peas (optional if you don't like peas).
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
Mix all of the ingredients, except for the stuffing, in a mixing bowl.
Pour into a casserole dish.
Top with breadcrumbs stuffing.
Bake until heated through, usually 15-20 minutes.
To make breadcrumbs stuffing:
8 slices of toasted bread, cut into small squares, and let dry over night OR 2 cups of plain croutons.
1/2 cups water.
1/3 stick of butter.
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.
1 teaspoon sugar.
1 teaspoon dry minced onion.
1 teaspoon dry minced garlic.
1 teaspoon dry basil.
1 teaspoon dry parsley.
1 teaspoon dry oregano.
2/3 teaspoon salt.
Bring water and butter to a boil in a small pot, over medium heat.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix evenly.
Remove from heat.
Spread it on top of the casserole mix, and bake for 15-20 minutes (or until heated through).
What is your favorite comfort food? What do you like to bring to potlucks? If you have a blog, feel free to leave a link with your comment; I'd love to visit it!