Can I Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole? Tips on Which Method Is Best

Dozens of recipes exist for Thanksgiving casseroles, and they are all delicious. Whether it is a green bean casserole, a stuffing, a sweet potato casserole, or anything else, Thanksgiving casseroles are the best!

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And the great thing is there are usually plenty of leftovers to enjoy the next day, or days later. Now, you just have to figure out how to reheat them!

Can You Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole?

Can You Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole

But you’re wondering if it’s even possible.

Can you even reheat Thanksgiving casserole?

What if it gets dry, tough, chewy, mushy?

So many options.

But the answer is yes. Of course, you can reheat a Thanksgiving casserole, no matter what the casserole is.

The truth is you can reheat any food that has been refrigerated or frozen. The trick is to find the right appliance, and to use it correctly.

For example, foods that have been breaded or fried are often best reheated in an air fryer or in the oven. Foods that have been grilled or baked are often best reheated back on the grill or back in the oven.

With a Thanksgiving casserole, our best approach is probably going to be the oven. It only makes sense. But let’s run through each appliance to check out all our options.

Should You Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole?

Should You Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole

Before we do that, however, let’s be sure it’s even safe.

After all, with all those ingredients in a casserole, some that may include meat, dairy, or even fish, we don’t want you to get food poisoning.

While it’s unlikely that you will get sick from reheating leftovers, as long as they have been stored properly, you still want to err on the side of caution.

To that end, general guidelines say we should reheat leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Follow those guidelines and you should be fine.

Still, it is always a good idea to do your own research. To get you started on that research, check out this article on reheating leftovers by Healthline.

How to Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole in the Oven

Reheating Thanksgiving casserole in the oven is a perfect way to get the dish heated through without drying it out.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the casserole, in a casserole dish with an oven-safe lid, on the oven rack.
  3. Heat the casserole for 20 minutes or until fully heated.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole in the Microwave

Reheating a Thanksgiving casserole in the microwave can be a great way to get the dish cooked through. You just want to be careful that you don’t dry it out.

  1. Place your casserole in a microwave-safe dish and cover it with a microwave-safe lid.
  2. Sprinkle the top of the casserole with water or broth.
  3. Place your casserole dish in the microwave and heat at full power for 30 seconds.
  4. Check the casserole to see if it is heated through.
  5. Keep heating in 30-second intervals until the casserole is done.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole in an Air Fryer

Reheating a Thanksgiving casserole in an air fryer is tricky. In fact, it is almost impossible.

After all, you have to worry about the food falling through the cracks and holes in the basket.

So, unless you are prepared to turn your casserole into breaded balls, like amazing macaroni and cheese balls, you should move on to another appliance.

But, if you do turn your casserole into balls of deliciousness, you can pop those balls into the air fryer for five minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and expect amazing results.

How to Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole on a Grill

Okay, this is one of those times I will tell you not to rush out to reheat your leftovers on the grill.

In fact, if you have any other option, you should take it. The grill is not a great place for casseroles.

However, if, for example, you are out camping and your only option is the grill, you can get this job done.

  1. Get a nice hot flame going on your grill and place a cast iron skillet on the direct flame.
  2. Pour oil or butter into the pan.
  3. Place your casserole servings in the pan and stir them around until they are all heated through.
  4. It should not take longer than 5-10 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole in a Toaster Oven

The toaster oven is just as great as the oven, so if you don’t have a conventional oven, the toaster oven is second best.

  1. Preheat the toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the casserole in an oven-safe dish and cover it with an oven-safe lid.
  3. Heat the casserole for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

How to Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole in a Pan on the Stove

Finally, the stovetop is a wonderful way to heat a casserole.

  1. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  2. Pour some olive oil in the bottom of the pan.
  3. Place your casserole fixings into the pan and stir them around.
  4. This should take about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Winner! – The Best Way to Reheat Thanksgiving Casserole Is Using the Oven

Look, the oven is a great way to heat your Thanksgiving casserole and keep it in its original state.

However, the stovetop can be an excellent option for heating the casserole ingredients all the way through and getting a nice crispy crust on the outside. You can also make sure you don’t overcook it.

What do you think? Do you have any best tips or tricks for reheating a Thanksgiving casserole? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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