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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Let's Eat Up That Turkey!

Leftover turkey?  No problem!

We were trying to figure out a good (and tasty) way to use up the last of our holiday turkey. 

I suggested (without much hope) Tetrazzini like a restaurant I remembered from my childhood making.  I honestly expected turned up noses and grimaces - but instead my idea was received with great enthusiasm.

While this recipe wasn't quite like the dish from my memory. . . it was good enough that we'll keep it in the recipe box to be revisited.



Turkey Tetrazzini by Troy

16 oz uncooked spaghetti
1/2 c butter
1/2 c diced celery (optional)
1/2 c diced green pepper (optional)
1/2 c diced onion (optional)
1/2 c flour
1 - 2 tsp ground black pepper
3 c chicken broth
2 c milk
1-2/3 c grated Parmesan cheese
4 c chopped cooked turkey
16 oz green peas (optional)
1 sm can sliced mushrooms (optional)
1 -1/2 c bread crumbs (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking dish - we used our 9 x 12 glass casserole dish.

Cook spaghetti according to package directions until 'al dente' (still slightly firm as though it needs to cook another minute or two).  Drain, rinse with cold water


and place in prepared baking dish.  Top with peas.



Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium high heat.  Add celery, green pepper, and onion and cook until tender. 


Stir in flour and cracked pepper to make a paste. 


Mix in chicken broth and milk. 


Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil.  Stir in turkey,


mushrooms,


and 1-1/3 cups Parmesan cheese. 


Pour creamy mixture over top of pasta mixture and gently fold.


Top with remaining parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.

 
Bake 1 hour in preheated oven until top is lightly browned.



We added peas not only IN the Tetrazzini, but also had some on the side. . . pretty darned tasty!  And the casserole reheated quite famously the next day for lunch too.  Win-win-win!  The only thing the meal was missing was some sliced fresh tomatoes. . . though some stewed ones probably would have been just as good.  By the time the Tetrazzini was ready, no one was willing to get a can out of the pantry - we were all ready to sit down and eat.  Yum!

Have a Tasty-Turkey-Leftovers kind of day ~

Robin Z

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