Friday, December 02, 2005

Were Talking Turkey

Do any of you cook a big turkey more than a few times a year? I am going to start to. It is such a warming experience.... On the first day you get the crunchy skin & a great meal with all of the fixings. For the second day you usually get nice sandwiches and maybe make a soup from the carcass. This goes on for a few days with only two people and two cats..... But last night I finished using the turkey by making this great casserole:
Turkey and Rice Casserole

Turkey and rice casserole recipe, made with long grain and wild rice, chopped vegetables, and an easy sauce.
2 cups long-grain and wild rice mixture
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
2 cans or jars (approx. 4 ounces each) mushrooms, drain and reserve liquid
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
6 cups cooked turkey, diced
1 cup slivered almonds, toasted*
3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
buttered bread crumbs
PREPARATION:Cook the rice according to package directions. Saute onions over medium low heat in butter; remove from heat and stir in flour until flour is disolved. Drain mushrooms, save liquid. Measure mushroom liquid with the half-and-half and chicken broth. If necessary, add more water or broth to make 4 cups. Place flour mixture back over heat and gradually stir in the liquid mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick. Add rice, mushrooms, turkey, toasted almonds, parsley, salt and pepper. Spoon mixture into a 9 x 13 x 2 - inch casserole, top with buttered breadcrumbs, and bake at 350° for about 35 to 45 minutes. This may be prepared the day before, or frozen.**To toast nuts, spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in a 350° oven, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes. Or, toast in an ungreased skillet over medium heat, stirring, until golden brown and aromatic. (serves 6-8)

My fiancee is eating this for lunch today & we have enough for another meal or two.

It has been so nice to have my cooked turkey at the ready for quick and easy meals. (We even added some to spaghetti sauce...)


Anonymous said...

With 2 teenage boys and a 7 year old daughter that loves turkey, our turkey doesn't last nearly this long! We had great sliced turkey on Thanksgiving and then on Friday my husband made Turkey hash. And that was it for our 16 lb. turkey!

Bonnie said...

Yummy! I made a turkey casserole this week too..there is nearly ZERO turkey left, and I cooked a 12 pounder, which isn't extremely huge by any means....still..there are only 3 of us people! It did plenty of sandwhiches...straight out of the bag snacking, big pot of soup, turkey casserole, and more....

I cook a turkey probably 2 times a year.