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Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole

Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole is an easy dinner recipe that is loaded with potatoes, vegetables and turkey.  The gluten free sauce not only adds moisture but flavour as well.

Be sure to scoop down to get all the goodness in this casserole.

This casserole recipe yields 6 – 8 servings.

Each bite is loaded with meat, cheese, potatoes and vegetables that are smothered in a tasty sauce.

Enjoy every delicious bite of Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole.   It is a great comfort food recipe!

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To begin making Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole, I washed and pierced 2 pounds of potatoes and cooked them most of the way in the microwave.

I wanted them to be a bit firm to cut into cubes after cooling a bit.

After removing the potatoes from the microwave I cut them in half to release some of the heat.

Then I diced up a yellow onion.

Next I put a little bit of olive oil in a skillet and turned the heat to medium.

Once heated I added in the diced onion and 2 pounds of ground turkey.

Then I measured in some oregano, sage, basil, salt and pepper.

I cooked until the meat was almost cooked through.  I stirred occasionally and broke the meat up as it cooked.

While the ground turkey was cooking I melted butter in a saucepan over low heat.

Then I whisked in some Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour.

After the flour and butter formed a smooth paste I gradually whisked in some almond milk.  I increased the heat slightly.

I stirred the milk mixture until it was just starting to boil and then I turned off the heat.

Once the sauce was heating I grated some cheddar cheese.  I used marble cheese but you can use whatever cheese you prefer.

I also cut the cooked potatoes into cubes.

Once the meat was almost cooked through I added in some frozen vegetables.  I stirred them in well.

While the vegetables were heating I added the grated cheese to the heated sauce.

I also stirred in a pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

Once the vegetables were warm I stirred some sour cream into the meat mixture.

Then I greased a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.

I spread the meat mixture out evenly in the prepared baking pan.

Then I evenly dispersed the cubed potatoes out over the meat.

Next I poured the prepared sauce over the potatoes.

I finished preparing the casserole by sprinkling some grated cheese on top of the potatoes as well.

Then I placed the casserole in a preheated 400F oven for 50 – 60 minutes or until potatoes and cheese were brown.

I removed the Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole from the oven.

I let it cool for a couple of minutes.

To serve I used a large scoop in order to get the layers in each serving.

Serve up Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole with your favourite side salad.

Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole is a delicious blend of textures and flavours that young and old alike will enjoy!

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Ingredients You’ll Need to Make this Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole:

  • 2 lbs potatoes of choice ( I used yellow-fleshed)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1 1/2 tsp basil
  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese or cheese of choice
  • Sauce
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese or cheese of choice
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • pinch of pepper to taste

How to Make Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and grease a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.
  2. Wash and pierce the potatoes.  Cook on high power in microwave until almost fully cooked.
  3. Once cooked remove from microwave and cut in half to let some heat out so easier to cube later.
  4. Place the olive oil into a frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Dice the yellow onion.
  6. Add the ground turkey and diced onion to the frying pan. 
  7. Measure in the oregano, sage, basil, salt and pepper.
  8. Cook stirring often and crumbling the meat until onions are tender and meat is almost cooked through.
  9. While meat cooking prepare sauce by melting the butter over low heat.
  10. Whisk in the Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour until creamy.
  11. Pour in the almond milk. Whisk to combine.
  12. Turn heat to medium and stir occasionally until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat when it boils.
  13. While the meat continues to cook and the sauce is coming to a boil you can grate the cheddar cheese or whatever cheese you are using.
  14. You can also cube the cooked potatoes.
  15. When the meat is almost cooked add the frozen vegetables to the frying pan and stir to combine.
  16. Stir the 1/2 cup of grated cheese into the milk sauce.  Stir in some salt and pepper as well.
  17. Stir the sour cream into the meat mixture.
  18. Spread the meat mixture out evenly in the prepared baking pan.
  19. Distribute the cubed potatoes out evenly over the meat.
  20. Pour the prepared sauce over top of the potatoes.
  21. Sprinkle top of casserole with the 1 cup of grated cheese.
  22. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 – 60 minutes or until potatoes and cheese are browned to your taste.
  23. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a couple minutes.
  24. Serve with your favourite sides.
  25. Enjoy!

FAQS:

What should I serve with ground turkey and potato casserole?

When serving a ground turkey and potato casserole, you’ll want to complement the dish with sides that balance the flavors and textures. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Green Salad: A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette or ranch dressing can provide a refreshing contrast to the rich and hearty casserole.
  2. Steamed or Roasted Vegetables: Serve steamed or roasted vegetables like broccoli, carrots, or green beans. The vegetables add color, nutrition, and a nice crunch to the meal.
  3. Gluten Free Bread or Rolls: A warm, gluten free crusty bread or rolls can be used for scooping up the casserole or for making sandwiches if you have leftovers.
  4. Coleslaw: Coleslaw, with its creamy and tangy dressing, can be a great side dish to balance the flavors of the casserole.
  5. Fruit Salad: A fresh fruit salad or a fruit compote can provide a sweet and refreshing contrast to the savory casserole.
  6. Gluten Free Garlic Bread: Garlic bread is always a crowd-pleaser and pairs well with casseroles. You can make it using a baguette or any type of bread you prefer.
  7. Grilled Asparagus: Asparagus is a versatile and delicious side that goes well with many main dishes. You can grill it for a smoky flavor.

Remember to consider your guests’ dietary preferences and any specific flavors you want to highlight or contrast with your casserole when choosing your side dishes. Ultimately, the choice of side dishes will depend on your personal taste and the overall theme of the meal you’re creating.

How do I store ground turkey and potato casserole?

Storing a ground turkey and potato casserole properly is essential to maintain its freshness and prevent foodborne illnesses. Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Cool Down: Allow the casserole to cool down to room temperature after baking. Do not leave it out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, as this can promote bacterial growth.
  2. Portioning: If you have a large casserole and don’t plan to eat it all at once, consider portioning it into smaller servings. This makes it easier to reheat only what you need and reduces the risk of food spoilage.
  3. Airtight Container: Transfer the casserole into an airtight container or containers. Glass or plastic containers with secure lids work well for this purpose.
  4. Refrigeration: Place the airtight container(s) in the refrigerator. The casserole can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Make sure your refrigerator is set to a temperature of 40°F (4°C) or lower to keep the food safe.
  5. Reheating: When reheating the casserole, you can do so in the microwave, oven, or stovetop. Make sure it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure it’s safe to eat. Reheat only the portion you plan to consume to avoid repeated reheating, which can affect the taste and texture.

Remember to use proper food safety practices throughout the storage and reheating process to ensure the casserole remains safe to eat. If you notice any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell or unusual texture, it’s best to discard the casserole to avoid foodborne illness.

Can I freeze ground turkey and potato casserole?

Yes, you can freeze a ground turkey and potato casserole. Freezing casseroles can be a convenient way to prepare meals in advance and save time. Here’s how you can freeze it:

  1. Cool the Casserole: Allow the casserole to cool to room temperature. It’s important not to freeze it while it’s still hot to avoid condensation inside the container, which can lead to freezer burn.
  2. Portion it: If you have a large casserole, consider portioning it into individual servings or smaller portions. This makes it easier to thaw and reheat only what you need.
  3. Use Freezer-Safe Containers: Transfer the casserole into airtight, freezer-safe containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Make sure to remove as much air as possible to minimize the risk of freezer burn.
  4. Label and Date: Label the containers or bags with the date of freezing and a description of the contents. This will help you keep track of how long it’s been in the freezer.
  5. Freeze: Place the containers or bags in the freezer. Try to keep them flat so they freeze evenly and stack well.

When it comes to thawing and reheating the frozen casserole:

  1. Thaw: To thaw, transfer the frozen casserole to the refrigerator and allow it to thaw overnight or for several hours. This slow thawing method helps maintain the quality of the casserole.
  2. Reheat: Once thawed, you can reheat the casserole in the oven, microwave, or on the stovetop, depending on your preference and the size of the portions. Ensure it’s heated thoroughly to an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to make sure it’s safe to eat.

Keep in mind that freezing can sometimes change the texture of certain ingredients, particularly potatoes, which may become a bit softer upon thawing and reheating. However, the flavor should remain intact. Proper packaging and storage will help preserve the quality of your frozen ground turkey and potato casserole for several months in the freezer.

Yield: 6 - 8

Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole

Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole is an easy dinner recipe that is loaded with potatoes, vegetables and turkey.  The gluten free sauce not only adds moisture but flavour as well.

Ground Turkey and Potato Casserole is an easy dinner recipe that is loaded with potatoes, vegetables and turkey.  The gluten free sauce not only adds moisture but flavour as well.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs potatoes of choice ( I used yellow-fleshed)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1 1/2 tsp basil
  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese or cheese of choice
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese or cheese of choice
  • pinch of salt to taste
  • pinch of pepper to taste

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400F and grease a 9" x 13" baking pan.
    2. Wash and pierce the potatoes.  Cook on high power in microwave until almost fully cooked.
    3. Once cooked remove from microwave and cut in half to let some heat out so easier to cube later.
    4. Place the olive oil into a frying pan over medium heat.
    5. Dice the yellow onion.
    6. Add the ground turkey and diced onion to the frying pan. 
    7. Measure in the oregano, sage, basil, salt and pepper.
    8. Cook stirring often and crumbling the meat until onions are tender and meat is almost cooked through.
    9. While meat cooking prepare sauce by melting the butter over low heat.
    10. Whisk in the Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour until creamy.
    11. Pour in the almond milk. Whisk to combine.
    12. Turn heat to medium and stir occasionally until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat when it boils.
    13. While the meat continues to cook and the sauce is coming to a boil you can grate the cheddar cheese or whatever cheese you are using.
    14. You can also cube the cooked potatoes.
    15. When the meat is almost cooked add the frozen vegetables to the frying pan and stir to combine.
    16. Stir the 1/2 cup of grated cheese into the milk sauce.  Stir in some salt and pepper as well.
    17. Stir the sour cream into the meat mixture.
    18. Spread the meat mixture out evenly in the prepared baking pan.
    19. Distribute the cubed potatoes out evenly over the meat.
    20. Pour the prepared sauce over top of the potatoes.
    21. Sprinkle top of casserole with the 1 cup of grated cheese.
    22. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 - 60 minutes or until potatoes and cheese are browned to your taste.
    23. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a couple minutes.
    24. Serve with your favourite sides.
    25. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 743Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 657mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 6gSugar: 7gProtein: 42g
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