Turkey Spinach and Mushroom Soup

Just a quick post for the tasty soup we had for lunch today.  A creamy savory soup with fresh mushrooms and leftover turkey.

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  • 8 o.z. fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups cooked turkey
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

In sauce pan saute mushrooms and onions in butter.  Cook until desired tenderness about 10 minutes.  Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Stir in spinach, cayenne, thyme, salt and pepper.  Cook until spinach is wilted.  Add cream, turkey and cheddar cheese; heat through until cheese in melted.

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Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Turkey Tetrazzini

We had a fantastic turkey yesterday and I was dying to make some Turkey Tetrazzini. It had been years since I’d made any so I refered to a couple of recipes and created my own concoction.

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  1. 8 o.z. linguine or any pasta
  2. 8 o.z. fresh sliced mushrooms
  3. 1 Tbs butter
  4. 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  5. 1/4 tsp black pepper
  6. 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper – optional
  7. 1/4 cup diced red peppers
  8. 2 green onions
  9. 1 cup frozen peas
  10. 2 cups diced cooked turkey
  11. 3 Tbs butter
  12. 3 Tbs flour
  13. 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  14. 1/2 tsp hot sauce – optional
  15. 1 cup cream
  16. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile in skillet melt 1 Tbs butter and add mushrooms, season with salt, pepper, and cayenne.  Add diced peppers and green onions. and cook until mushrooms are desired tenderness.  Stir in peas and turkey; pour into large bowl and set aside.  In same skillet melt remaining butter and add flour.  Cook together over medium heat for 1 – 2 minutes.  Stir in chicken stock and hot sauce until thickened.  Add cream and pour into bowl with turkey and mushroom mixture.  Add cooked pasta and stir together; pour into buttered casserole, top with parmesan cheese and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly.

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Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey and Dressing Ideas

Part of the greatness of a homemade Thanksgiving dinner is the leftovers if you ask me!  I love turkey sandwiches the next day and I could eat dressing all of the time.  Here are a couple of different things I did with our leftover turkey and sides last week.

Turkey with mushrooms and greens

  • 8 o.z. fresh mushrooms
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup leftover collard greens
  • 1 cup left over turkey gravy – more or less to your liking
  • 1 -1/2 cups left over turkey
  • salt and pepper if desired

Sauté mushrooms in olive oil until desired tenderness.  Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through.  Check for flavor; season as needed ~ assuming your gravy and such was flavored well to begin with you likely won’t need anything else at all! This would be great over rice but I decided to fry up some dressing patties to go along with instead.

I simply took some of the left over dressing and pressed it into patties; this probably wouldn’t work with a dry stuffing but a sticky moist dressing is perfect.  Fry for 3 – 4 minutes each side in some olive oil until browned and heated through.

My other favorite of the week was of course a turkey sandwich.  This year I added some cranberry sauce and a little dressing to the usual bread, mayo, and turkey…. yummy!

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Roasted Turkey ~ Citrus Rub with Lemon and Rosemary

Yesterday I posted our citrus seasoning rub recipe and starting technique for our turkey.  It came out deliciously; very moist and just a hint of flavor from the rub.

  • 14 pound turkey
  • 1 recipe citrus rub
  • a sprinkle of paprika
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • juice of 1 orange
  • juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbs paprika

Start the night before; make citrus seasoning and rub all over dry turkey.  Refrigerate turkey uncovered overnight.  Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before baking.  Heat oven to 425 degrees.  Sprinkle a bit of paprika on turkey and if desired place some rosemary sprigs, a quartered onion half and a lemon sliced in half inside the cavity.

Place turkey in oven; reduce temperature to 375 degrees.  Begin baking for 25 minutes.  Meanwhile combine apple cider, orange and lemon juice, butter, and paprika; bring to a simmer and remove from heat.  Baste turkey after 25 minutes; continuing to baste every 25 minutes or until turkey is done.  Cover with foil when skin starts to brown; I think we’d cooked about 50 minutes when we covered ours.  We roasted ours about 3 1/4 hours which was right in line with the recommended times from one of my trusted cookbooks; others suggested it would be ready as quickly as 2 – 2 1/2 hours. You’d be looking for 165 degrees in the thigh area and clear juices.  Try to let it rest for 30 minutes before carving; this helps to ensure a juicy bird!

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Turkey Rub ~ Citrus Seasoning

With Thanksgiving approaching I think I shall share a few of my turkey dinner ideas.  We are making a turkey dinner tomorrow so I will begin with the rub we are trying out.  We decided to go with a lemon, orange and thyme combination after seeing a few different recipes and articles.

  • 1 Tbs lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 Tbs coarse salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp dried thyme

Combine all ingredients.  Pat turkey dry and rub all over tossing any extra inside the cavity.  Refrigerate uncovered overnight.

We are using a 14 pound turkey and this made enough rub for one turkey.  In the morning we will set it out for about an hour before baking.  I will continue the recipe tomorrow once we get this turkey roasted!

Enjoy ~ Kimberly