I am a huge casserole fan. No two casseroles are the same… A random mix of ingredients, usually with the addition of cheese, baked and able to feed a crowd, or a household of two, for days. My latest casserole creation is a favorite in my house hold. My Cajun Turkey Potato Casserole is a delicious blend of roasted potatoes, Cajun spices, and cheese sauce. Roasted turkey breast and baby potatoes mixed with Cajun spices, vegetables, and cheese baked until bubbly. This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe and each serving is 5 SmartPoints.
I love to brainstorm for new recipes and casseroles are one of my favorite dishes to experiment on. Casseroles are a beautiful thing… a mixture of different vegetables, protein, spices, and typically cheese. What’s not to love?! With a casserole, you can mix ingredients together that you wouldn’t typically think go together, but totally work. Plus, casseroles are great to make during a busy week so you can have leftovers!
One of my favorite casseroles growing up was my mom’s chicken casserole. Layers of shredded chicken, hash browns, cream of mushroom, and cheese baked to bubbly perfection. I have yet to try and make a Weight Watcher friendly version of this beloved casserole, but I plan to try soon. A while back, I was thinking fondly of this casserole and decided I needed to make a casserole with potatoes. Potatoes are probably my favorite vegetable, and the perfect ingredient in any casserole. After a few experiments, my Cajun Turkey Potato Casserole was born.
Lately, I’ve been cooking a lot with turkey breast tenderloin. Have you ever tried cooking with turkey breast as opposed to chicken breast? I love chicken, but sometimes want something a bit different, and turkey breast is the perfect option. It looks just like chicken breast and is a great swap for any recipe that called for chicken.
This casserole has several steps so it’s all about the preparation. To start, roast the turkey breast in the oven at 350 for 55 minutes, the first 30 minutes covered with foil.
While the turkey breast is roasting, prepare the potatoes. For this recipe I use baby Yukon gold potatoes. Dice the potatoes into ½ inch cubes and add to a large bowl. To the bowl, add olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well then add potatoes to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
While the potatoes are roasting, prepare the other ingredients. Once the turkey breast is cool enough to handle, dice into ½ inch cubes. Dice jalapeno, onion, red bell pepper, garlic, and celery, also known as the “holy trinity” in Cajun cooking.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil. Sauté onion, celery, bell pepper, and jalapeno until tender, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add butter and let melt. Slowly add flour to the veggies and whisk, cooking for a few minutes. Slowly add milk and whisk continuously until mixed. This is the roux base for the cheese sauce!
Reduce heat to low and add ½ cup of shredded cheese. Mix until the cheese has melted, then add another ½ cup cheese and let melt. Add another ½ cup cheese plus ½ cup water and mix until cheese has melted. Continue to cook on low until all cheese has melted and sauce has thickened.
To the skillet, add the roasted potatoes and diced turkey breast. Mix until well combined. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray and add turkey mixture to the dish. Spread to an even layer. Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs and smoked paprika. Bake for 20 minutes.
Cajun Turkey Potato Casserole is a delicious blend of roasted potatoes, Cajun spices, and cheese sauce. Roasted turkey breast and baby potatoes mixed with Cajun spices, vegetables, and cheese. Creamy, packed with flavor, and even better as leftovers! Have left over turkey from Thanksgiving? Use it in this recipe! Be sure to save this recipe for later when you need to get rid of that turkey!! 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!