Monday, November 27, 2006

Turkey Tetrazzini

What to do with all of that leftover turkey??? Make turkey tetrazzini, of course. The first time I had turkey tetrazzini was at my mother-in-law's. I loved it and still do, although I can't make it taste as good as hers does. I love the name, it makes ho-hum, everyday turkey sound really extravagant. I love that it is easy to make, but sounds like you've been slaving away for days making it. I love that it is named after this opera singer, Luisa Tetrazzini. When you've got a last name like Tetrazzini, you can't help but have a dish named after you. I guess when you are an opera singer, you get perks like that. Like Renee Fleming's, Diva Renee au Chocolat by chef Daniel Boulud. Now wouldn't you like to have a dessert named after you?

Here's the recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini from the Lion House Cookbook:

8 ounces spagetti, broken in pieces and cooked
5 T. butter
6 T. flour
3 c. chicken or turkey broth
1 cup light cream
1 t. salt
1 cup fresh or canned mushrooms, including juice
5 T. minced green peppers
3 c. cooked turkey, cubed
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Melt butter in skillet, blend in flour. Stir broth into flour mixture. Add cream. Cook until mixture thickens and bubbles. Add salt and pepper, drained spagetti, mushrooms, green peppers, and cooked turkey. Turn into individual baking dishes or a 2-3 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. Serves 8.


Erin said...

After Thanksgiving my mom used to make something she called "turkeys finest hour." We made fun of the name, but it was actually pretty good. This looks yummy.

Jenni said...

ooh, erin, i'd love to know how to make "turkey's finest hour" sounds fun, hope you had a good birthday by the way.

love.boxes said...

I would love to have a dessert named after "Big Mo" does. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a good one. I will take Lion House rolls over all the pie in the world. Uncle Don, actually has a portable Turkey cooker! And, the turkey was great!

Pineapple Snow said...

I love this dish as well. It is so hard to make the cream though! Stink. I need more practice at these things. I need some cook books too with good recipes. I'm all out of ideas.

Denise said...

I am going to try this. Do your kids eat it, Jenni? I never know what to do with all that turkey. And BTW, what happened to you? I knew you would be too popular for us. I was so looking forward to seeing you.

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Lindsey said...

Yeah, I was wondering the same thing as Denise. I cried for hours.