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Cheddar Turkey Bake

Carol Dilcher's recipe makes two creamy casseroles. Serve one for dinner and freeze the second for a night when you're racing against the clock. "If you prefer, you can use chicken for the turkey and corn instead of peas.—Carol Dilcher, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    2 casseroles (4-6 servings each)


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 2 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 4 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups finely crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 60 crackers)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a large saucepan, bring the water, broth and onion to a boil. Reduce heat. Add rice; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Remove from the heat; fluff with a fork.
  • Divide rice between two greased 9-in. square baking pans. Sprinkle each with turkey and peas. In a large bowl, combine the soup, milk and salt; pour over turkey. Toss the cracker crumbs and butter; sprinkle over the top.
  • Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Bake the second casserole, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  • To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until heated through.
To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 70 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 387 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 810mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • JamiePa
    Jan 17, 2016

    I substitute noodles for rice. Family loves it!

  • Joscy
    Jan 22, 2014

    Plan on making this again, only making half the recipe, since we're empty nesters.

  • MickeyHQ
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  • tanderson1117
    Aug 24, 2012

    Super easy to make and delicious!! I might even cut the recipe in half next time since one 9x9 is enough for my family.

  • angief3204
    Oct 3, 2011

    Very good. I used chicken as well and added shredded cheese at the end. Family loved it.

  • heart4asia
    Feb 26, 2010

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  • karen9497
    Jan 29, 2010

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  • kknepper
    Oct 31, 2009

    I substituted 2 cups cubed precooked chicken for the meat it turned out delicious my husband gave it a thumbs up

  • camberc
    Oct 28, 2009

    I love making this casserole for other families when they're sick or having surgery because they can use it right away or save it for later. Kids love the cheesy flavor, and if they're picky I've even substituted corn for the peas with good success. I also used dry bread crumbs instead of the crackers because I didn't have any, and it turned out fine. Great recipe!

  • Reatha
    Apr 18, 2006

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