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Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole

Updated on November 28, 2017
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

Turkey and Rice Casserole Recipe

Gorgeous, rich flavors go into this simple, quick and easy turkey and wild rice casserole. It disappears quickly!
Gorgeous, rich flavors go into this simple, quick and easy turkey and wild rice casserole. It disappears quickly!

Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole

This turkey casserole is just about everything a casserole should be - homey, comforting and delicious. it's also a great way to use up leftover turkey after the holidays. This is good enough though that you may want to roast a turkey just for this casserole.

This one is also fairly forgiving - feel free to change the seasonings as you like. If you have leftover poultry seasoning that's a good one to use up in this dish. I just happen to adore fresh thyme, and I love the combination of fresh thyme with mushrooms. Fresh thyme is also gorgeous with turkey, so that's a win-win. Fresh sage is also awesome if you have that instead - or in addition!

You can use the turkey broth that can be made from the carcass after the turkey is roasted as well - that's a tremendous flavor booster. You can also add a little cheese over the top if you like. Try Swiss, cheddar or Monterrey Jack. I've begun skipping cheese is many of our dishes - half because I'm lazy, and half to cut the calories. But this is YOUR food - customize as you like!

You can also swap out for two cups regular rice and a couple tablespoons of regular wild rice. I've realized recently though that I can't find plain wild rice in the grocery stores where I live anymore. If you don't have a source for plain wild rice, you can use the packaged wild rice mixes, and simply skip the flavor packets from those. The flavor is better with the regular kind though. And this recipe is easily doubled to feed a crowd - I usually do exactly that.

Finally - this is super easy to make ahead. Assemble all the ingredients and pop it in the fridge. Bake it off when you're ready!

Turkey and Rice Casserole Recipe - Ingredients

Turkey and Rice Casserole Recipe - Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups chicken or turkey broth
  • 2 boxes long grain and wild rice mix
  • 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 1 small stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper,
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme

Turkey and Rice Casserole Recipe - Ingredients

Turkey and Rice Casserole Recipe - Ingredients

  1. Preheat oven to 350F°. Butter a 9x13 inch casserole dish.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil. Saute onion, celery, garlic, fresh thyme. and mushrooms for about 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add long grain and wild rice mix. Season with salt and pepper. Add wine and turkey broth and bring up to a boil.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large casserole dish. Cook in 350F° oven for approximately 45 minutes or until liquid is mostly absorbed and rice is tender.
  5. Sprinkle with fresh thyme and serve.

See how easy that is?

Turkey and Rice Casserole - Start with the Flavor Bases

There's a lot of flavor packed into this casserole - and the foundation comes with lots of veggies. Onion, celery, garlic and mushrooms are sauteed with fresh thyme just until fragrant and softened.
There's a lot of flavor packed into this casserole - and the foundation comes with lots of veggies. Onion, celery, garlic and mushrooms are sauteed with fresh thyme just until fragrant and softened.

Add Long Grain and Wild Rice

I've recently been unable to find plain wild rice in our grocery store, so I've had to swap to the boxed mixes. Either option works!
I've recently been unable to find plain wild rice in our grocery store, so I've had to swap to the boxed mixes. Either option works!

Add the Liquid - White Wine and Turkey Broth

If you have turkey broth - great! This recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey leftovers, and I always make broth. But you can certainly use regular chicken or vegetable broth as well.
If you have turkey broth - great! This recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey leftovers, and I always make broth. But you can certainly use regular chicken or vegetable broth as well.

Transfer to a Casserole Dish and Bake

Bake the casserole at 350F for about 45 minutes. You're looking for most of the liquid to be absorbed and the rice to become tender. It's really that simple.
Bake the casserole at 350F for about 45 minutes. You're looking for most of the liquid to be absorbed and the rice to become tender. It's really that simple.

All Done and Ready to Eat!

After baking for about 45 minutes, the liquid is absorbed and the rice is nice and tender. I love the nutty contrast of the wild rice - it gives a gorgeous texture. Sprinkle with just a little fresh thyme and serve!
After baking for about 45 minutes, the liquid is absorbed and the rice is nice and tender. I love the nutty contrast of the wild rice - it gives a gorgeous texture. Sprinkle with just a little fresh thyme and serve!

Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole

Comfort food at it's best - turkey and wild rice casserole is just plain delicious.
Comfort food at it's best - turkey and wild rice casserole is just plain delicious.

Check out the Quick Tutorial!

Easy - How to Make Turkey Broth

Need a Little Help with the Turkey?

© 2011 Jan Charles

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