Sunday, February 6, 2011

Al said Fredo is a Turkey from Tetrazzini~Doh!

     Can you guess what happened today? Actually the above photo would be the result of someone leaving a lot later than I did, today. Still not the choicest forecasts, but thank goodness, I got home before it started to get like this~

     Hey, it can happen, we live in New England. Forecasts, should be limited to being talked about two hours before the actual weather. At the last minute it can decide to thunder, and it did here in February, ( I missed it, I confused the lightning with the same precipitation on the movie "The Wolfman" that I was watching during said lightning storm. Can you believe that?, the closest to Surround Sound I will ever get, was a lightning storm in February in Vermont, and I missed it, thank God for Facebook though, I was informed ). This is Stephanie she likes weather related stories. She is in the wrong room, she needs to be two doors down on the right ~ The Office of Meteorology and Forecasting, not to be confused with the Office of Fortune Telling and Astrology, which you will need a password and a current parking validation. These offices can get so confusing!
     Stephanie has a nifty little app (hip for the long word~application) that sends "Up to the Minute" forecasts via her nifty little phone. When I am stressed, because I haven't worked a full 40 hour week since New Year's Eve, the last nugget of fortune telling, I need, is a forecast of how much crap, and I mean crap this time, is heading my way. Steph, do me a favor, delete that app, until next November 29th, and download this app, "Groundhog says What"?

     Hey, there she is probably checking the weather. Actually she is trying very hard to ignore the fact, that I am taking her picture. Big giveaway, the concentration!
     The above picture is all the ingredients for making a great warm, the soul meal. Turkey Tetrazzini, done right, it can make any belly happy! The supermarket can tailor your Tetrazzini.  If you are a white meat girl, look for turkey breasts~off the bone, most likely they will come without skin too. If you are a dark meat girl, look for the legs and thighs. Or combine the two types for a punch in the face of flavor. Supermarkets have just about anything you need, at just about anytime of the day.

     Egg noodles, delicately cooked and combined with the finest ingredients on the Earth.
     Heavy cream is more than just heavy, it is cream that with a little manipulation can become something fantastic, on so many levels.

     There she is, the liquid we call cream, and heavy cream, if you want to get technical. This is the catalyst for most classical dishes. I will not lie, I LOVE CREAM. This dish is very classical, and I will attempt to adhere to the rules of a true Alfredo Sauce. The last four photos were, egg noodles, diced red pepper, diced onions and sliced mushrooms. Good so far!!
     In the above saucepan is the precious turkey fat melting, waiting for the sweet onion, garlic, red pepper and mushrooms, cooking just a little, then following with the flour. Here is the rest

Turkey Tetrazzini

1 medium onion, diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 12oz container fresh mushrooms, sliced~the above picture is canned, the only kind my kids will eat.
3 cups of cooked diced turkey
3/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, shredded
1 tsp dried thyme~or you can use 1 Tbs chopped thyme
pinch of ground nutmeg
a couple of shakes of Tabasco
3 ozs turkey fat
3 ozs flour
3 cups heavy cream
1 cup chicken stock
1egg yolk
2 Tbs sour cream
1 pound cooked wide egg noodles
salt and pepper to taste
In a pot, cook the egg noodles according to the package instructions, drain and set aside. Prep all vegetables. In a sauce pot melt the turkey fat, add the onions, red pepper, and garlic cook until the red peppers are softened. Add the flour and mix in, turn the heat to low, to prevent the flour from burning. Add 3 cups and 1 cup chicken stock to the saucepan and heat on medium low heat until the sauce has thickened. At this point I would add the canned mushrooms, or if using fresh mushrooms~I would cook them in a separate pan. Cooking mushrooms at a high heat causes them to release all their liquid (mushrooms are like mini sponges) and the liquid evaporates. When mushrooms are cooked, drain on paper towels and add to sauce. Add the Parmesan and whisk to melt. Combine the egg yolk and sour cream and mix well, whisk into your sauce~this was called, when I was in Culinary School, a final liaison. Basically a marriage of two wonderful things. This enriches the sauce, perhaps a bit more sinful~we all understand that. Season with thyme, pinch of nutmeg, couple of shakes of Tabasco, and  salt and pepper. Add the cooked diced turkey and let warm 5 more minutes, fold the sauce (all of it) in the noodles, adjust seasonings and prepare for YUM!

  Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space. ~Evan Esar


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