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Turkey Morel Tetrazzini
Created by AndrewM, Tuesday, 04 May 2010

Description

A great use for leftover turkey after Thanksgiving.

Ingredients
  • 12 oz. egg noodles
  • 1 lb. morels, chopped
  • 4 C. cooked turkey, chopped coarsely
  • 1 C. frozen peas, thawed
  • 6 T. butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C. flour
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 C. milk
  • 1/4 C. cream
  • 2 C. chicken broth
  • 1/4 C. dry sherry
  • Salt & pepper
  • Fresh nutmeg
  • 1/2 C. bread crumbs
  • 1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan
Methods/steps
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Cook pasta in 3-4 quarts well salted boiling water until just short of al-dente. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, saute the morels in a large pan with 1/4 C. butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the shallot, garlic and bay leaves. Saute for 3-4 minutes or until translucent.
  5. Add the flour and cook another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Slowly add the sherry, then the broth, then the milk & cream, whisking continuously. Generously add salt & pepper to taste, plus a couple fresh grates of nutmeg. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  7. Gently combine the pasta, mushroom sauce and peas and sauce in a large bowl.
  8. Spoon the mixture into a buttered 9 by 13-inch baking pan and smooth out with a spoon.
  9. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and Parmesan.
  10. Bake 30-40 minutes until the sauce bubbles and a top crust has formed.
Additional Tips

There is a monument ins San Fransisco on Market Street called Lotta's Fountain - a gift to the city from singer/entertainer Lotta Crabtree in 1875. In 1906, with virtually every water main in town broken from the earthquake, Lotta's fountain pulled through with enough water to save the extraordinary Palace Hotel, a gem of the city. Ever since then, every April 18, survivors have gathered at the fountain at 5 AM, in remembrance of the catastrophe. But in 1910 a special Christmas Eve concert was held at the fountain to reward locals for their efforts in rebuilding the city, and Italian soprano Luisa Tetrazzini - who'd captured the city's heart some years before - gave a free performance. 250,000 people showed up for it. Legend has it that this dish was created by a local restaurateur in her honor.

Cauliflower Mushroom (Sparassis crispa) is a great alternative for this dish.

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