If you’re like us, you’re looking for ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers in new ways. Luckily for you, we’re here with this Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip recipe to help you use up those yummy leftovers in one incredibly delicious dish.
We absolutely love Thanksgiving – the food is tasty, the football is great, and it’s good to celebrate thankfulness together. Our family always tends to make too much food, and while we love the leftovers, it can get boring just eating a plate of turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and the rest every night or lunch. We are always looking for new ways to use up leftovers and this Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip has become a favorite way to keep enjoying Thanksgiving in new ways.
We were inspired by the colors and layers of a conventional bean and taco seasoning-style Seven Layer Dip and thought the differing colors and textures of Thanksgiving foods would be similarly tasty together. While this dish probably isn’t really a dip, it’s more of a casserole, we wanted to bring the same spirit to this dish, so we’re calling it Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip!
What goes in Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip?
This recipe is super customizable, and if you’re using leftovers, you can put whatever you have left from Thanksgiving in this dip. We used seven layers, because that’s what we had available, but you can use more or less based on what you have on hand. Here are our layers:
- Mashed Idaho Potatoes
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
You could use other vegetables you have on hand, squash, green bean casserole, or whatever else you have available!
It’s important to note that the measurements for this recipe are inexact. Because, we used leftovers from other recipes while making this recipe, we didn’t weigh everything out precisely and are providing our best guesses on quantities in case you are making this recipe from scratch – more on that below.
I know that this may not be the most helpful note in a recipe, but for this recipe, if you’re using leftovers, you’re going to need to work with what you have. We suggest eying up your ingredients and seeing what size baking pan you think they’ll fit in. We used a 9×13 casserole dish, but 8×8 will work well too if you have smaller portions.
Do you have to use leftovers for the Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip?
No! You can make this recipe any time you’re feeling “fall” or Thanksgiving. You can definitely purposefully make ingredients for this recipe. Here are some time saving hacks and notes about the ingredients:
- Boxed mashed potatoes or pre-made potatoes from the deli counter.
- Ask for dinner slices of turkey at the deli counter. Deli turkey is fulled cooked and seasoned, so if you get very thick dinner-style slices, you can just cut those slices into smaller chunks. That way there’s no need to cook a whole turkey. We have Boar’s Head Ovengold Roasted Turkey at our store that would work super well for this recipe. Alternatively you can use a flavored chicken or turkey to bring more of a punch to the recipe!
- If you want to make turkey from scratch, check out all of our turkey recipes on this page.
- Stove Top stuffing is ready to go in about 5 minutes and one box works perfectly well for this recipe.
- Gravy packets make perfectly good gravy that are ready to eat in 10 minutes and yield the perfect amount of gravy for this recipe.
- We like corn at our Thanksgiving meal, but you can use whatever vegetables you have lying around in place of corn, or in addition to corn.
- You can use whatever type of cranberry sauce you like for this, but we think the canned chunky cranberry sauce brought the best texture to the dish and was also easy to spread.
- If you don’t like sweet potatoes, you can use more mashed Idaho potatoes for the top layer. We just like the extra color and flavor!
There’s Marshmallows in this recipe??
Yep, we topped the recipe with marshmallows, because it was fun nod to the sweet potato and marshmallow recipe. We sprinkled mini marshmallows on top and then baked them to crisp up a little bit. If you really like marshmallows, you can use big marshmallows and make an entire bonus layer on top of marshmallow.
Oh, and if you don’t like marshmallows, just skip this step, it’s fine!
Does this Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip recipe freeze?
If you’re into meal prepping, or want to enjoy Thanksgiving later, this is a great recipe, because, yes this Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip does freeze well. If you’d like to freeze this recipe for later, assemble the dish, and then either place a sealable lid over the top of the dish, or wrap it tightly with aluminum foil. When you’re ready to enjoy Thanksgiving all over again, pull the dish out of the freezer, and let it sit in the refrigerator for 1 day to defrost before putting it in the oven to bake.
This recipe should freeze well for up to 3 months – just enough time for you to not be sick of Thanksgiving leftovers!
We hope you enjoy this recipe! If you have any tips to help make this recipe better, or if you added a unique ingredient to your Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip, leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear what you used. You can also watch a step by step video showing exactly how we made this recipe just by pushing play on the video below. We’ll see you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meats!
- 2-3 lb Mashed Potatoes
- 2 lb Turkey (fully cooked)
- 3 cup Stuffing (fully cooked – 1 box of Stove Top)
- Gravy (warmed)
- 2-3 cup Corn (or other cooked vegetables)
- 1 can Cranberry Sauce (your favorite type)
- 2-3 lb Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Take a 9 x 13″ casserole dish and assemble your Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip by spreading layers of leftover, fully cooked foods in this order:
- Mashed potatoes – a thicker layer for your base.
- Turkey – cut up into pieces.
- Gravy – spoon it over the top.
- Corn or other vegetables
- Cranberry sauce
- Mashed sweet potatoes – a thinner layer to not overburden the dish.
Use a spoon or rubber scraper to spread as evenly as possible, and gently pat down each layer as you go. See video for reference.
Place the casserole dish into an oven preheated to 350ºF and cook for 25 minutes.
Remove the casserole dish from the oven and sprinkle marshmallows on top of the sweet potato layer. See note above for discussion of marshmallow selection. Return the casserole dish to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes or until the marshmallows are browned. Alternatively, if you are using a broiler proof casserole dish, you can broil the Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip until the marshmallows are browned. Remove from oven once the marshmallows are browned.
Let the Thanksgiving Seven Layer Dip rest for 10 minutes before serving. Enjoy warm and cherish the memories of Thanksgiving!