Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Active Time
30 Mins
Total Time
50 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1 cup)

A healthy dose of warm, fragrant curry powder turns a ho-hum post-holiday casserole into exactly what we want to eat this time of year. We ditch the pastry dough for a flaky, golden phyllo crust—a nice alternative to the pies and potpies you may be wary of by now. Don’t fret about getting the phyllo topper to fit snugly in the baking dish; any overhang will become delightfully crisp in the oven. Thawed phyllo can be finicky: Unroll very carefully, and keep remaining sheets under a slightly damp kitchen towel while you work. No turkey? Use cooked, shredded rotisserie chicken instead.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Step 2

Coat 2 (8-inch) square baking dishes with cooking spray. Steam broccoli in a large saucepan 6 minutes. Cool and coarsely chop.

Step 3

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes. Stir in curry; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in half-and-half and next 6 ingredients (through cheese).

Step 4

Combine broccoli, turkey, carrots, and chickpeas in a large bowl. Stir in cream cheese mixture. Divide turkey mixture between prepared baking dishes. Continue with step 5, or follow freezing instructions.

Step 5

Layer 4 phyllo sheets on top of each other, brushing 1/4 teaspoon oil on each sheet before adding the next. Cut phyllo stack in half crosswise; arrange over one pan (halves will overlap). Repeat procedure with remaining phyllo, oil, and pan. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until golden brown, rotating pans from front to back after 7 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Step 6

How To FREEZE: Cool untopped dish completely. Cover with plastic wrap and heavy-duty foil. Freeze up to one month. THAW: Discard foil; pierce plastic wrap. Microwave at 30% power for 15 minutes or until thawed. REHEAT: Prepare one phyllo topper, and arrange over casserole. Bake as directed in recipe.

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