Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe – A Fancy Turkey Casserole- Did you know that Turkey Tetrazzini is just a fancy way of saying, “Turkey Casserole”? Well the truth is that this and all turkey tetrazzini recipes are casserole recipes all dressed up in their Sunday best. Not to worry, it is still a very good dish to make for a weekend dinner or even a lunch. And you full well know that you need as many recipes as possible to get rid of that Thanksgiving turkey that never seems to get finished off.
This turkey tetrazzini recipe is made with dry sherry, mushrooms, and noodles (vermicelli or spaghetti). For a main course casserole it is surprisingly fast and easy to make. All around the table you will hear comments regarding this famous dish that your mother and her mother used to make for you and your family.
How To Make Turkey Tetrazzini
6 tablespoons butter, divided, plus extra for the dish
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups half and half or light cream
1/2 cup dry sherry
1 1/2 cups grated parmesan cheese, divided
3/4 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 package (12 oz) vermicelli or spaghetti
4 cups shredded cooked turkey
Salt & Pepper
Preheat the oven to 375F
Lightly butter a 2 1/2 to 3 quart casserole
In a medium saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Stir in the flour until smooth. Whisk in the broth, half and half, and sherry. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly until thickened and smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese.
Transfer 1 cup of the sauce to a small bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of the remaining parmesan cheese.
In a large skillet, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Add the mushrooms and sauté until lightly browned. Remove from the heat. Set aside 1/2 cup of the mushrooms in a small bowl.
Cook the vermicelli according to the package directions until tender but firm to the bite, and drain.
In a large bowl, combine the sauce from the saucepan, the mushrooms from the skillet, the hot vermicelli, and the turkey and season with salt & pepper to taste. Transfer to the buttered casserole. Spoon the reserved 1 cup sauce evenly over the surface. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and top with the reserved cooked mushroom slices.
Preheat the broiler and broil the casserole 5 inches from the heat until lightly browned.
Easy turkey tetrazzini recipes will come in real handy when you have half a turkey left over after your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. I don’t know about you but I can only eat so many turkey sandwiches. The holidays are a real challenge!
I’m not sure of the complete story but supposedly “tetrazzini” was invented by some Italian opera singer. Why not? As good a story as any.
This recipe for turkey tetrazzini is a little more complex than most of the potato recipes on this site. I guess that is the sacrifice one has to make if they want to eat more than just potatoes. What the heck, I like to change up every now and then myself. Besides cooking the best turkey tetrazzini can be fun. Cooking in the kitchen with all your gadgets should be fun. When people make cooking a chore it takes all the fun out of a culinary art.
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Perhaps in the future we will publish a recipe for chicken tetrazzini the more popular cousin of Turkey Tetrazzini.