Wednesday, January 16, 2008

What's Cooking Wednesday: Revised Turkey Tetrazzini

I love Turkey Tetrazzini, but I hate the calories/fat involved in a classic recipe. I played around with this last week, and ended up with a bastardized recipe that we all really liked. (Well, those of us who eat "grown-up" food, anyway.) I'm sorry about the lack of photos - I'll have to update this entry with photos the next time I make this - I completely forgot. (See why I was a failure at Wordless Wednesday?)

Unlike last week's Lazy Day Spinach Lasagna, there's nothing lazy about this one, but it's worth the extra effort. Just crank up some good music and get into your cooking groove. Enjoy! As always, nutrition information supplied by the recipe calculator at And please go to Shan's place for more What's Cooking Wednesday participants.

Revised Turkey Tetrazzini


2 cups whole cremini mushrooms, washed and sliced
1/2 package of frozen artichokes, thawed and chopped
1 TBS butter
2 TBS flour
1/2 tsp salt
dash nutmeg
dash cayenne
1 cup nonfat milk
6 oz. chicken broth (preferably home made)
1 egg yolk
3 TBS half and half
3 TBS dry sherry
1/2 package cooked spaghetti (4 oz.)
6 oz. turkey breast meat, cooked and chopped
4 TBS parmesan cheese

Nutritional Info

Fat: 8.9g
Carbohydrates: 35.1g
Protein: 20.6g

1. Preheat the oven to 300.

2. Cook the spaghetti to al dente package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.

2. Saute the vegetables with some olive oil cooking spray. When they are cooked, but not over done, set aside.

3. Melt the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour to make a roux. Gradually stir in chicken broth, when all is smooth, add in spices and milk. Stir well and bring to a boil, stirring frequently, until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Add the sherry.

4. In a small bowl beat the egg yolk and half and half. Stir a little bit of the hot sauce into the yolk mixture. Add the yolk mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat, until sauce is hot. Do not boil. Remove from heat, and add the sherry.

5. Toss the spaghetti with half the sauce. Place the spaghetti into a 8X8 baking dish. Toss the rest of the sauce with the turkey and veggies. Spoon that over the spaghetti. Top with parmesan cheese.

6. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 more minutes or until piping hot.

Number of Servings: 4

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Anonymous said...

My oh my but doesn't that sound delicious. Think I'll have to try that this week.

Thanks for the tomato free recipe this week. :D

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

What a great idea! So good of you to experiment and share. I'll definitely try this one out on P :)

Sai Hijara - Ferraris said...

I'm hungry!

Thistlemoon said...

Nice revision! I love it!

Luisa Perkins said...

Yummy! I may re-revise it, with more butter and whole milk.

Flower Child said...

YUUUUUM! Definitely going in my box.

Jan said...

This sounds wonderful. I'll try it when I can again. (((HUGS)))

Shan said...

Mmmm my favourite, thanks for the revision!

anno said...

Yum! It's hard for me to resist any combination of artichoke hearts and mushrooms, and this sounds terrific. I love your technique for cutting the cups of cream & cheese.

La delirante said...

That recipe looks really good! Thanks for sharing!

Wholly Burble said...

Even without pictures I'm drooling! I'm just a cook by the seat of my pants gal most of the time. I taste something, figure out what's in it, and go for it--so when I do follow recipes, I pretty much get out the ingredients, read the directions, and then "go from there" LOL--sometimes it works, other times it shows there's a reason for those directions LOL.

Anyway, I read the directions, and on the whole, I bet I can follow 'em, so I'll have to give it a shot. No turkey around, but I do have chicken breasts needing to be used--think that will work?

Karen Olson said...

This sounds delicious. Now I'm really hungry, and all I have in the house are leftovers tonight! :)

Anonymous said...

I've never had Turkey Tetrazzini. This recipe sounds delicious, though. It sounds heavenly if it were prepared for me. I may have to send Dave this way...