Thanksgiving Day is a favorite. Not only for all the wonderful memories and experiences we have gained and shared over the years, but for such a special time to give thanks for all our blessings.
Families will be reunited; friends will gather. The joy of being together is evident. The house will be filled with conversations catching up on the latest of events and activities. The flow in the kitchen will be filled with laughter and smiles as family members begin preparing and serving their specialties. And the feast begins.
But when the holiday feast is over, there’s still something to look forward to. Turkey leftovers! I’ve asked friends to share their favorite recipes for leftover turkey and the response from many was the same - turkey sandwiches, all week long! And, we’ve included a turkey salad recipe that is just delicious! But, just in case you have prepared a big enough bird to set aside some extra portions, here are a few tasty ideas. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Cheesy Turkey Spaghetti
Shredded Turkey (approximately 2 lbs.)
2 cans Cream of Mushroom/Chicken soup (already combined) or
1 can each Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken Soup
2 cans Mild Rotell (diced tomatoes and green chilies)
1 lb. Velveeta Cheese, cubed
1 lb. spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
Mix all ingredients together (except spaghetti), in a large pot over medium heat, stirring constantly until cheese is thoroughly melted.
Pour turkey mixture over prepared spaghetti noodles and toss until evenly coated.
Note: This is a fairly quick and easy recipe that makes a good meal for a large crowd.
Turkey in Rice Pie Shell
2 1/2 c. cooked long grain rice
2 eggs, beaten
¼ c. butter, melted
¼ t. pepper, freshly round
¼ c. butter
5 T. flour
2 c. chicken broth
2 T. dry Vermouth
½ t. pepper, freshly ground
4 T. onion, chopped
½ c. fresh mushrooms, sliced
2 c. cooked turkey, diced
¼ c. parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Combine cooked rice with eggs, butter and pepper. Press into an ungreased 9” pie plate. Melt butter in a saucepan and blend in flour. Cook for 2 minutes; do not allow to brown. Add chicken broth, Vermouth and pepper. Cook, stirring, until mixture bubbles and thickens. Add onions and mushrooms which have been sautéed in butter for 5 minutes. Add turkey and mix well. Pour into prepared pie shell. Sprinkle cheese on top and dot with butter. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into wedges for serving.
Mrs. Edward Montgomery, Jr.
7 oz. spaghetti noodles, broken into 2 inch pieces
2 c. turkey, cubed
1 c. cheddar cheese (4 oz. shredded)
1 (10 ¾ oz.) can cream of mushroom soup, Campbell’s Healthy Request
1 whole medium onion, chopped
2 (4 oz.) can mushrooms, drained
1/3 c. milk
¼ c. green pepper, chopped
1 (2 oz.) jar pimientos, chopped
¼ t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
2 oz. cheddar cheese,
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook spaghetti according to packing directions; drain. Transfer to a large bowl; add turkey, cheese, mushrooms, can of mushroom soup, onion, milk, green pepper, pimentos, salt and pepper. Mix well and spoon into a 2 ½ quart casserole dish. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Makes 8 servings.
One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini
One medium onion, chopped
2 T. butter or margarine
2 cans chicken broth (or homemade chicken or turkey stock)
1 ½ c. water
Pepper to taste
1 can (3 oz.) sliced mushrooms, drained
2 T. grated Parmesan cheese or to taste
¾ c. milk, reg. or skim
3 c. cooked, diced turkey
8 oz. uncooked spaghetti
Sauté onion in butter or margarine in a large heavy pot. Add broth or stock, water, pepper and bring to a boil. Gradually add spaghetti, broken in half. Cook until spaghetti is tender. Add more water if necessary.
When pasta is tender, add mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, milk and turkey. Cover and heat for about 5 minutes. Turn into serving dish and garnish with parsley.
1/2 c. mayo
2 c. chopped turkey
½ c. sweet grapes
¼ c. celery, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
Mix all ingredients together. Add more mayo, grapes and celery to your liking.