Turkey the Multiple Meal Bird: Recipe 2

Next up for my little baked birdie is Turkey Tetrazzini. I loaded it up with veggies too. Now this recipe is everywhere so I will only tell you how I made it. There are beaucoup tetrazzine recipes to choose from. I chose a few and combined them. No links in this post. As always recipes are a guideline so if anything isn’t already in the kitchen you don’t HAVE to have it to make this recipe tasty. Except the turkey, noodles, and gravy.

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Turkey Tetrazzini

2 cups cooked turkey, chopped (mine was leftover from recipe 1)

8 oz mushrooms sliced

1/2 an onion

1/2 cup frozen peas

1 carrot diced

2 celery ribs diced

1/4 cup diced frozen peppers (off season I keep a bag of frozen sliced bell peppers in the freezer to grab when I need)

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(This pic is before the gravy and breadcrumbs. Don’t those veggies look pretty?)

1 cup Parmesan

1 can condensed milk

1 cup milk (skim or whatever)

2 tbsp chicken granuals

pepper to taste

Italian seasoning

1 cup Panko bread crumbs

2 tbsp butter

olive oil

1/2 cup or so of flour

Garlic powder to taste

1/2 box of spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained

Preheat oven to 350. Dice vegetables. Saute onions and mushrooms in olive oil. Once tender add celery, carrot, and peas. We like our veggies a little crunchy so I removed them from heat after a minute or two and placed them in a bowl with the chopped turkey. Next up, I poured the condensed milk and milk in the skillet with the chicken granuals, garlic powder, and some flour. I use a plastic coated whisk to combine the flour. That way it doesn’t scratch my cookware. On medium low heat I made a gravy. Not too thick though. You want to pour it over everything in the end. In a 9X13 baking dish (lightly greased) layer the drained noodles, turkey veggie mix, and then gravy. Melt butter in a dish then add Italian seasoning, garlic, and pepper. Mix. Add breadcrumbs and cheese. Mix. Top the casserole with it and bake for 25 minutes. The tetrazzini should be bubbling visibly. That’s how you know it’s done.

The dish is simple but filling and it uses leftover turkey. Any other turkey dish as a substitution is fine. Part of what I am trying to show with these three posts is that being thrifty doesn’t mean compromising on taste. Turkey sandwiches for lunch tomorrow. Then recipe 3 to complete the Turkey Trilogy. One 6 1/2 lb bird can go a long way. Remember, turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving!