Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Country Fried Turkey and Tetrazzini

with Turkey!! People always seem to complain about the holiday leftovers, but I love them!

  1. 12 ounces spaghetti
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  5. 1/4 cup chopped onion
  6. 1 clove garlic, minced
  7. 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
  8. 1 cup chicken broth
  9. 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  10. 2 cups shredded American cheese
  11. 4 cups cooked and cubed chicken
  12. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  13. 2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
  14. 1 cup shredded parmesan or romano
  15. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  16. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, add oil and salt to cooking water. Drain.
  17. In large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Add soup, broth, seasoned salt and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese. Cook and stir until cheese melts and mixture is smooth. Add spaghetti and chicken or turkey. Mix well. Transfer to 2-quart baking dish. Cover with foil.
  18. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  19. Remove foil. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups.american cheese and parmesan or romano Continue baking 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with parsley and bell pepper.
This recipe takes me back to Mrs. Nancy. We worked together in the kitchen at Immanuel Lutheran School. I never saw someone make such fabulous casseroles-with never a recipe!
We were understaffed and undervalued, but we had a lot of fun and we would walk off the stress in the 96* heat of a Memphis morning. Mrs. Nancy is still there and she tells me she sometimes reads this....I miss you, Nanc!!

Prepping a turkey for Deep frying. I rinse and dry the bird, inject all the secret recipe marinade that it will hold, and rub the outside with a cajun rub!
Down he goes, into the 350* peanut oil. Far away from the house!!

It takes 31/2 minutes per pound to fry a turkey, so while he was a cookin', I fried me up some fresh spinach leaves!!!

Just drop in the very dry fresh spinach and fry for about a minute.

I don't like a lot of salt on my food, but this is one item we salt pretty good!! Fried Spinach tastes more like potato chips than it does spinach! YUM!

The finished product. It's really important to leave a fried turkey sit for 20 minutes, I leave him on the stand, over the sink and let any grease drip off, and let the turkey rest for a minute!

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Geez, it's thundering outside! I don't know, this Northern weather isn't too bad, ya'll! It's been over 60 this whole week! Now I am off to see what Pea has baked today. It has come to my attention that bloggers are the most ambitious folks! I really want to try Pea's recipe for Turtles, but I have no idea what baking parafin is....


  1. Anonymous5:14 PM

    hey.....excuse me, ma'm, but those pictures obviously were not taken by you. Have you asked the photographer for permission??? I would only reccomend such action to be in accordance with the law.




    *&**&***:I sure do hope I spelled that right......

    Ever so Meticulously Yours,
    A law abiding citizen

  2. Pariffin is wax...you will find it in the canning section at most grocery stores. It 'holds' the choc on...like choc cherries. ;o)

    I'm gonna make them too!

  3. Ha! Some law abiding citizen!! That's my smart alec 12 year-old, complaining because I didn't give her credit for taking the pictures for me while her dad and I wrangled with 5 gallons of boiling oil!!

  4. Lol teenagers, eh? hehe Sissy, that turkey looks just wonderful...we have a country cooker for outside and I never thought of frying my turkey in it! As for the paraffin wax, Sandra is right, it's a wax that can be used for canning, sealing in chocolate, etc...in our supermarket it's found in the baking section. Ours is called Parowax and it either comes in slabs or granules. If it's slabs, for the Turtle recipe use about 1/4 of the slab...if it's granules, use about 2 tbsp. to the chocolate. Hope this helps:-)


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