Dad's Day Turkey Tetrazzini

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Author Notes: My father grew up in New York City during the Depression. He discovered Chinatown at an early age, the beginning of his love affair with noodles. When I was a kid, we'd take the subway downtown to eat lo mein in tiny basement restaurants on Mott Street.

My Mom, a pretty good sport, made my Dad spaghetti most Saturday nights, always served in his special "noodle bowl". She drew the line at this favorite of his, so I used to whip up a batch for just the two of us. Mama would simply shake her head, watching as we wolfed down noodles, always eaten with chopsticks.

When we lost my father to cancer almost twenty years ago, it just about broke my heart. I inherited many gifts from him, including his love of noodles and, of course, his noodle bowl...Happy Father's Day, Daddy - all my love, Tootie - Lizthechef

Food52 Review: I had the pleasure of making (and eating!) Lizthechef's delicious Turkey Tetrazzini. Creamy, satisfying, luxurious, and not on my diet, this dish delivered! A real walk down memory lane, I just loved the retro-ness of this tasty treat. Highly recommended for buffets, potlucks, and other gatherings. (My guess is, this could be made vegetarian by substituting tofu for the turkey.) - MrsWheelbarrowThe Editors

Serves one dad and his daughter, with leftovers

  • 1/2 pound organic linguini
  • 1/2 pound organic Crimini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons organic unsalted butter, divided use
  • 4 tablespoons AP unbleached flour
  • 2 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 3 cups cooked turkey breast, chopped or shredded into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup organic cultured sour cream (I used "Wallaby")
  • 2 tablespoons Madiera
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan, divided use
  • 4 ounces sliced, fresh organic mozzarella (I used Whole Foods "ovoline")
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Sweet Hungarian paprika
  1. Bring pasta water to boil in large pot. Heat stock in microwave 90 seconds. In large skillet over medium heat, melt 3 T. of butter and saute mushrooms until slightly crispy, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour, cook, stirring for 2 minutes, and add the hot stock. Stir stock until sauce becomes thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 5 minutes. Turn heat down to simmer.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add the turkey to simmering sauce. Once the pasta water is boiling, add salt, break the linguini in half and cook until al dente, 5 minutes. Drain pasta and add to simmering sauce. Stir and cook 2 minutes. Turn off heat.
  3. Stir in the sour cream and Madiera. Correct seasoning. Add 1/2 cup parmesan, mix well and turn pasta into a 9 X 11 glass or ceramic casserole dish. Place mozzarella slices on top of pasta. Mix remaining parmesan with panko and sprinkle evenly over casserole. Dot with small bits of remaining 1 T. of butter. Dust with a sprinkling of paprika for my Hungarian Dad. Bake 25 minutes.

Tags: Holidays, rich

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over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Sweet memories, Liz!


over 2 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks, drbabs, remember that the site chose not to do a Father's Day contest that June? This was my "protest" and food52 took in gracious stride, as always.


over 2 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

When I first saw the empty bowl in the photo I wondered ??? then I read the story. It brought tears to my eyes. So sweet. Love Turkey Tet!


over 2 years ago Lizthechef

I was less adept re dealing with photos in those days - but thanks, dear ChefJune.


over 2 years ago Lizthechef

I entered this old recipe just because I miss my Dad - and it is a great turkey left-over recipe. Originally, I posted when the site chose not to honor Father's Day, kind of adolescent on my part...But after all, I'm a former hippie who went to Woodstock ;)


almost 5 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks for your review, MrsWheelbarrow. It helps me honor the memory of my sweet father, who never raised his voice in anger to me, not once - heavens knows he could have!


about 5 years ago MyCommunalTable

I love the story and I love turkey casserole, bit I never make it. Now I am have a hankering...


about 5 years ago dymnyno

Thank you for sharing your memories of your father. I think that it is wonderful that you keep his tradition.


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

It was cathartic...Dreaming about my Dad all week. Thank you for your kind remarks!


about 5 years ago lastnightsdinner

Thank you for sharing this story and this recipe with us.

about 5 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love that you shared this with us! The story is so heartwarmingly sweet. And the recipe looks very tastey!


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

Thanks so much! Hoping other cooks will share their Dads with us too.


about 5 years ago melissav

What a great story. Thank you for sharing.


about 5 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

What a nice remembrance, Liz. Thank you for sharing all of it - the recipe & the photos.


about 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Sounds so very tasty! I love all the photos too!! Thanks for the recipe, and for the wonderful idea, Liz.


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

I couldn't let Dad's Day pass by without honoring mine - ate this last night with my Dad's favorite chopsticks.


about 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

You're adorable and your dad is SO handsome! Thanks for sharing these.


about 5 years ago lapadia

Yum to your recipe. Viewed all photos; thanks for sharing, and that is you on his lap at maybe 4 or 5 years old?


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

Yes, it's me and I'm guessing I was 4 - because I look older than in pics of my third birthday party - thank you!


about 5 years ago Lizthechef

Hope readers will check out photos of my Dad/Dad and me. Meant for them to pop out first and second but hesitate to play with this. Happy Father's Day-