Everyone’s Christmas traditions are a little different, but ours always involves turkey and ham. Turkey is a requirement so that we can make gravy for our mashed potatoes and dressing. However, I don’t really love leftover turkey…at all. I’ve found over the years that just about the only thing that gets me to eat it is turkey tetrazzini.
So it made sense to end 2012 with a good, standard turkey tetrazzini recipe. I made turkey tetrazzini once before and it was good, but I couldn’t find the recipe (not even sure that I used one), and I am visiting my parents all week, so I went straight to the source…Mom! She seriously is the best cook, so we used her quick turkey tetrazzini recipe and made a few updates to it, and I have to say it was delicious. Oh and it was really easy and fast, which if you hang out on my blog you’ll know how much I’ve enjoyed quick and simple recipes this year.
You really don’t need all that much to make this, and feel free to make some substitutions too. We always seem to have onions and celery hanging around, especially after Christmas, so I chopped those up along with dicing a couple of cups of turkey. You’ll need at least 10 ounces of dried spaghetti, but I went ahead and used a 13 ounce box of whole wheat spaghetti, because I have this thing for pasta…in case you have noticed.
In addition, you’ll need some cream of chicken and mushroom soup, white wine or dry sherry, some parsley, chopped pimientos, butter and grated Parmesan cheese. We opted for Parmesan & Romano cheese, because we had it on hand and thought the Romano cheese would give the dish more flavor, which it did.
Talk about good old comfort food. Plus for those of you that don’t enjoy doing dishes (I’m guessing that is everyone, right?!) I ended up only using one pan and we served the dish in it too. Gotta love that! Also we served it with a leaf salad and some leftover Christmas rolls. Now that is a delicious weeknight meal! And if you don’t have any leftover turkey, I plan to make this dish again with rotisserie chicken.
With 2012 my blog evolved a bit and became a place where I made meals that really intrigued me or just cooked/baked something that I was in the mood for. I certainly tried out a lot of different things from starting last year with Linguine with Clam Sauce (it was really good!) and ending it with this Turkey Tetrazzini, and I definitely found some real “keepers” along the way. I hope you have been enjoying my culinary adventures as much as I have! 2013…here we come!
Happy New Year, friends! Click here for this oh-so-yummy recipe and step by step instructions!
What I was cooking up a year ago: Bring on the Artichokes!
I ended 2011 with one of my favorite veggies, and a standard that I grew up on whenever my dad was not eating with us (he’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy), the steamed artichoke. Just trim the artichoke, steam it, serve with some drawn butter and enjoy! Simple and delicious just as it is!