Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Turkey Leftovers? Make Turkey Tetrazzini

Yes, turkey day is almost here. That most amazing day filled with all of our Thanksgiving favorites--cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, stuffing and, lest we forget, THE TURKEY!

I don't know about you, but I always seem to have tons of leftover turkey. I make turkey soup, turkey salad and more turkey sandwiches than I can count, so I'm always looking for more ways to use the leftover turkey that won't have my family complaining, "Turkey again."

Well, this casserole is one of those dishes. Throw in the fact that it's easy and that makes it even better.

For this little venture, you are going to need:
  • 1 - 8 oz. package of egg noodles, cooked
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 - 6 oz. can sliced mushrooms
  • Salt (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped turkey (I used a mix of both white and dark meat)
  • 1 - 10.75 oz. can cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 grated Parmesan cheese (I recommend grating your own cheese for this so it melts better)
Cook the egg noodles per package instructions until al dente.

While the noodles are cooking, melt butter in a large heavy skillet. Sauté onion and garlic for a couple of minutes, then add mushrooms and cook for an additional minute.

Stir in the turkey, soup, and sour cream. Taste, then add salt and pepper as needed.
I didn't add any salt, but did add the 1/8 tsp. of pepper.
 
Place your cooked noodles into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan.
It will be a thin layer, so don't panic.
 
Now pour your sauce mixture over the top, spreading as needed to cover.
Top with Parmesan.

Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
(I wish you could smell this.)
 
Serve alone or with a salad.
 
Okay, I have to tell you, this dish earned my boys' stamp of approval. And we know how picky they can be. Matter of fact, the little bit that was leftover was gone before bedtime because someone got hungry. Which reminds me, if you're making this for more than 4 people, I recommend doubling the recipe.
 
There you go. Quick, easy, frugal, and oh, so tasty. :)
 
This Thanksgiving, as every one before, I have so much to be thankful for. And I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a blessed and safe Thanksgiving. May God pour out His bounty.
 
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!
 


16 comments:

  1. I absolutely love TT. and I always forget to make it. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. You're welcome, Tina! I do what I can. :)

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  2. I have never made this! And it looks wonderful, delicious and easy. Mindy/Tex, thank you! I can't wait to try this out this weekend! I love fun throw-together dishes that taste awesome. And I think Dave would love this. Onions, mushrooms, meat..... in a wonderful sauce! And Happy Thanksgiving right back at you, sweet thing!

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    1. Yep, throw together and yummy rank right at the top of list of faves. Makes life so much easier, doesn't it, Ruthy?

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  3. I love this! I will make it myself and I bet DS and DH wont let me get close enough to have some for myself. Question, is it a 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese? Thanks!

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    1. Oops, guess I left that off. Good catch, Piper. Yes, half a CUP of the grated Parmesan.

      And it sounds like you should make a double batch so you'll be sure to get some. ;)

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  4. YUMMY!! I've had this but never had a recipe! Love it!!

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    1. Virginia, you'll definitely need to double with your crew. And than, of course, wrap the meal up with some fabulous dessert creation. :)

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  5. It's funny, because our Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone -- over a month ago and you're just getting ready for yours. I wonder why that is? I'll have to research that sometime. Happy Thanksgiving, Mindy, keep counting your blessings. :-)

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    1. That would be interesting to compare the origins of our respective Thanksgivings. And why they're a month apart?! My SILs in-laws live in Canada, so it's kind of weird for them. Though her MIL throws one heck of a Cinco de Mayo party that all their friends and neighbors look forward to every May. :)

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  6. I've never made not either! Yum! Thanks, Mindy. I'm all over anything with cheese and sour cream!

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    1. Let me know how you like it, Missy. And if your boys are home, better double up. :)

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  7. Turkey Tetrazzini is one of our favorites around here, but your recipe is completely different from mine! I'll have to try your version :)

    And I plan to have leftover turkey, but it's getting harder every year. Back when appetites were a little smaller, life was a lot less expensive! But casseroles like these fill those boys up, don't they?

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  8. Jan, I think there are ton of different recipes for this dish. I do like the egg noodles as opposed to the spaghetti noodles many of them have. Then there's that whole easy thing.

    And yes, feeding them young 'uns gets more expensive all the time. Don't know who signed them up for the hollow leg, but it sure takes a lot to fill it. :)

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  9. I keep looking for the peas!!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. You can always add peas, Julie. However, if I did so, I would be ostracized from my home. :)

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