Pilgrim Casserole

Pilgrim Casserole

Pilgrim CasseroleHaving four kids means spending a lot of time shopping for food. One of the ways I make my life easier is by visiting warehouse retail stores like the membership based BJ’s Wholesale Club.

I find that it’s more affordable to buy certain products in bulk. Milk, eggs, butter and meat are all fine examples. I’ve also found that the BJ’s Wholesale Club deli meat and cheese prices just cannot be beat. Good deals can also be found with electronics, household supplies and even health and beauty products.

And don’t get me started about the books. I could spend all day looking at the books. Especially the cookbooks. I’ve been known to impulse purchase a few of those for sure.

So when BJ’s Wholesale Club asked me to check out their new Cooking Club that provides meal solutions and recipe ideas, I was happy to do so. I’m always looking for inspiration during the holiday season!

The folks from BJ’s also asked if I would try one of the posted recipes and even said I could play around with it and make my own tweaks here and there which is exactly what I did!

I don’t know about you, but I find it challenging using up holiday leftovers in a way that my kids will actually want to eat them. Especially foods like mashed potatoes and stuffing. So when I saw a recipe on the BJ’s Cooking Club for a Creamy Turkey Casserole, I knew that would be something my kids would enjoy.

Here in New England we have a popular sandwich called a Pilgrim Sandwich. It’s basically Thanksgiving stuffed between two pieces of bread. This casserole is just like that but minus the bread. Layers of stuffing, chopped turkey, cranberry sauce and creamy mashed potatoes and piled into a casserole and cooked until hot and bubbly.

Pilgrim CasseroleThe original recipe calls for mozzarella cheese to be mixed into the potatoes which I think is good, but I used a combination of asiago and fontina to give it a real rich flavor.

I also added rosemary because it just seemed like the right thing to do. And when you see the original recipe, you’ll notice that it calls for putting a layer of stuffing overtop the final layer. Obviously I skipped that with my version. Either way will be delicious!

BJsYou can visit the BJ’s Cooking Club site for the original Creamy Turkey Casserole recipe (mine’s below) and while you’re there, feel free to check out the other recipe ideas. With the holiday season in full swing, it’s helpful to get inspiration anywhere you can find it!

BJ’s Wholesale Club has over 200 locations in 15 states (CT, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA.), so odds are good that you have a location near you!

BJs Cooking Club

5.0 from 3 reviews
Pilgrim Casserole
Recipe type: entree
Serves: 6
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All the flavors of Thanksgiving layered into a rich and bubbly casserole.
  • 4 cups leftover stuffing
  • 4 cups cubed leftover turkey (fully cooked)
  • 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • ¾ cup Hellman's Real Mayonaisse, divided
  • 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
  • ½ cup asiago cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 375º. Grease an 8" baker and spread the stuffing on the bottom. Sprinkle turkey overtop.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cranberry sauce and half of the mayonnaise. Spread the cranberry mixture over the turkey layer.
  3. In another mixing bowl, combine the mashed potatoes, the rest of the mayonnaise and cheeses. If it's too thick, feel free to add a bit of milk to loosen it up. Pour the potato mixture over the cranberry sauce layer. Top with rosemary and bake for forty minutes.

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Lunchbox. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fried Egg Topped Curried Sweet Potatoes, Paleo

Fried Egg Topped Curried Sweet Potatoes, Paleo

Baby Shower

Baby showers are so much fun, aren’t they? My friend Alyssa is having a baby! Unfortunately for me she lives in Washington state. That’s a bit of a drive from Massachusetts. So instead, a bunch of bloggers got together and made recipes in her honor. And we are all sharing our recipes today to celebrate Alyssa’s new bundle of joy!

Fried Egg Topped Curried Sweet PotatoesAlyssa is a very talented food blogger. Her site, Everyday Maven, is full of recipes made for the clean eating lifestyle. I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the Paleo diet? Well Alyssa develops all kinds of deliciousness for that type of eating. And my recipe today is a nod to her healthy eating lifestyle.

I had to do a little research first as this whole Paleo thing is a bit foreign to me. But after a bit of investigating, I came up with a delicious brunch item that would be lovely on a Paleo baby shower menu.

Fried Egg Topped Curried Sweet Potatoes is a rich and satisfying brunch dish that is full of Indian flavor. Curry powder, garlic, cilantro and paprika give a nice bit of zip to the sweet potato base while the crispy edged fried eggs adds a richness to the dish.

This dish can be served as is or it can be served with roti or naan bread for the non-paleo guests. Either way it’s a dish that’s sure to please and will look beautiful on the baby shower brunch table!

Congrats to my friend Alyssa! Your baby is so lucky to be born into such a beautiful and loving family. I wish you the best!

Be sure to cheek out the rest of the baby shower menu from the other bloggers who’ve participated. So many great recipe ideas for showers and brunches!


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5.0 from 3 reviews
Fried Egg Topped Curried Sweet Potatoes
Serves: 8
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Crispy fried eggs placed on top of a bed of curried sweet potatoes. A Paleo friendly dish that is perfect for brunch!
  • 8 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups onion, grated
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 6 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ Tbsp curry powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 eggs
  • butter (for frying)
  • ½ tsp paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine sweet potatoes, onion, cilantro, butter, garlic, curry powder and salt an pepper. Mix to combine. Spread mixture in a large casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Five minutes before the sweet potatoes are done baking, fry the eggs. Place fried eggs on top of sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.


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