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Carol Kicinski
Don’t let your Thanksgiving leftovers go to waste – put them to use in this great recipe that combines all sorts of leftovers into one fabulous meal!

Turn Thanksgiving leftovers into a new gluten-free dish

Author Byline Image   Just on the off chance that you find yourself with a little extra turkey (and stuffing, and cranberry sauce, and vegetables) in the not too distant future, I thought I would share with you one of my very favorite ways to transform Turkey Day leftovers into something you will want to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
   This recipe for Leftovers Strata is more of an outline really. You can use whatever you have leftover. A “strata” is basically a layered casserole; you layer different ingredients into a casserole dish and then pour a mixture of eggs and milk over it all and let it bake. I’m going to give you my recipe but here’s a breakdown which should help you create your own masterpiece!
   Bread layer – I use leftover stuffing, about 4 cups total. You could also use any kind of
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Leftovers Strata
Serves 8-10
Gluten-free nonstick cooking spray
4 cups leftover stuffing (or bread cubes, etc.)
2 cups leftover cooked turkey
2 cups cooked green beans (or other leftover vegetables)
1½ cups cranberry sauce
1½ cups grated mild cheddar cheese (or any type of cheese you like)
6 large eggs
1½ cups milk
   Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9 by 13 inch (or similar sized) casserole dish with cooking spray.
   Layer half of the stuffing in the bottom. Top the stuffing with half the turkey, then half the vegetables, half the cranberry sauce, and finally half the cheese. Repeat the layers.
   Whisk the eggs and milk together and pour over the entire dish. Let sit for 5 minutes then bake for 40- 50 minutes or until the eggs are set and the casserole is hot.
leftover bread you may have; gluten free rolls, cornbread, baguettes, biscuits – if you have none of these you can use 4 cups of cubed gluten free bread that you toast up in the oven for 10 minutes or so.
   Turkey layer – well, this one is kind of obvious – just cube up about 2 cups of leftover turkey. If you want to make this at a time when you have no leftover turkey, gluten free rotisserie chicken works great.
   Vegetable layer – Use
2 cups of leftover vegetables – it can be green beans, broccoli, spinach gratin, corn, peas, whatever you have.
   The cranberry layer – use about 1½ cups of leftover cranberry sauce; homemade or canned – makes no difference.
   The cheese layer – if you made a cheese plate for Thanksgiving, you are sure to have leftover cheese. Grate up about 1½ cups of whatever cheese you like.