Saturday, December 30, 2017

Turkey Redux #Recipe Turkey a la King @PegCochran

Do you still have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas lurking in your freezer?  Raise your hand.  Ah, yes, I see quite a few of you do.  I still have the carcass and some meat to make turkey soup.  But there was enough left for another meal so I settled on this recipe for Turkey a la King from the NY Times.

Measurements in the recipe are theirs--I was a little loosey goosey with mine.  My chunk of white meat turkey yielded 2 cups not 1 1/2 cups turkey so I wasn't about to try to find another use for the 1/2 cup of meat.  Ditto the mushrooms.  We enjoyed this very much over noodles but you can put it over rice, biscuits or whatever suits your fancy.

And as a bonus, it's quick and easy to make!

6 TBL butter
2 TBL flour
1 3/4 cups turkey or chicken stock
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup frozen peas
2 TBL sherry
Salt and pepper to taste
Parsley for garnish if you have some

Cubed cooked turkey

Sliced mushrooms

Melt four TBL butter over medium heat.  When it begins to foam, add flour and whisk until the mixture turns approximately the color of straw.  Slowly add a cup of stock and continue whisking (I found that a little more than cup made the sauce the perfect consistency so I didn't add the rest.)

Melt butter

Add flour

Cook until the color of straw

Keep the sauce warm.  Instructions have you add the cream later, I added it now and it was perfect.

Heat remaining 2 TBL butter.  Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are soft and have yielded their juice.  Add the turkey, warm sauce, cream (if you didn't add it to the sauce) and peas.  Stir occasionally until mixture is hot and peas are cooked.

Add mushrooms and cook until soft

Add turkey, sauce and peas

Stir in the sherry, adjust seasonings and serve sprinkled with parsley if desired.


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  1. Definitely comfort food! (I may have turkey in the freezer that's been there for years, and I'm not sure what some of those other packages are . . .)

    1. There's an idea for a cooking show! Hand the chefs a bunch of packets of frozen food in aluminum foil and maybe a few frozen plastic containers. They defrost them and voila! Have to make a dish out of whatever mystery contents they find.

    2. So far I've opened and thawed one frozen container I thought was applesauce, and it turned out to be turkey stock (I think). Wonder if anyone would want turkey cookies?

    3. No, but you have the start of some soup or gravy!

  2. My Mom is making turkey soup out of the last frozen carcass this afternoon.

  3. I love this recipe, Peg! Already printed it out. Hugs and happy New Year. MJ

  4. Lovely and warming.
    For those of us without leftover turkey. a cooked chicken from the market would do nicely so we don't have to miss out!

    1. Yes, chicken would be a great substitute. I will probably try that since we enjoyed this so much.