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Friday, November 23, 2007

Recipe of the Day

posted by on November 23 at 13:48 PM

Since Jonah did the Morning News for me this morning, I didn’t get a chance to tell y’all my recipe of the day. Haters like Jill Pellettieri (whose Slate piece “The case against Thanksgiving leftover recipes” runs nearly 1,000 words), may disagree, but I’ve always loved all the rich, semi-gross things you can do with Thanksgiving leftovers, most of them involving cream of mushroom soup. Here’s one my mom made every year.

Turkey A La King

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
4 ounces sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups half-and-half or milk
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 jar (2 ounces) pimiento, strips or chopped
2 1/2 cups cooked cubed turkey
dash onion powder
dash pepper

Melt butter; add green pepper and mushrooms. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Remove vegetables with slotted spoon. Add flour to butter, cooking and stirring until smooth. Add half-and-half and cream of mushroom soup, stirring until smooth and thickened. Serve over rice or toast.

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Canned cream of mushroom soup? Please, in the name of all that is good and decent, make her stop. Please.

Posted by tsm | November 23, 2007 2:10 PM

Dr. Joyce Brothers spoke variations on this recipe in a vision I'll have tomorrow. Freaky.

Posted by lori | November 23, 2007 2:12 PM

I really think it should be Turkey la Barnett, personally.

Posted by brappy | November 23, 2007 2:15 PM

I propose that we rename the dish Turkey A La Martin Luther King, just in case the original happened to be named after some slave-owning nobody King.

Posted by kinaidos | November 23, 2007 2:34 PM

Methinks the King referred to is "the" King -- as in serfs, feudalism, etc. Only a King would have cream ! is not PC. Unless you specify freedom for the serfs, the Magna Carta, etc.

Why not just throw the turkey carcass in a pot with lots of water and carrots, herbs, shrooms, onions, potatoes, let the meat fall off the bones, put in rice for the last twenty minutes, and have fresh turkey soup.
Pick out the bones and don't ladle out the turkey fat. Yum.

Posted by unPC | November 23, 2007 3:13 PM

My parents made this, too, but they made it from scratch. We saved the canned soups for tater-tot casserole. Mmmmm. Browned ground beef, 3 cans of creamed soup (celery, mushroom, and one I forget) all topped with tater tots and then baked. I think I gained three pounds just typing that. . .

Posted by Michigan Matt | November 23, 2007 3:27 PM

OK. I'm a vegetarian now (I eat vegan most of the time), so my leftovers consist of black bean and butternut squash chili, yams and pie (pretty hard to do anything else with those), but when I ate meat, I ate the leftover turkey by itself. I have to agree with the Slate writer. Why bother making some other recipe when it tastes so good topped with my mom's cranberry sauce with a side of stuffing and some potato or yams? I looked forward to eating the leftover version of the same meal more than the meal itself.

Posted by Jo | November 25, 2007 12:17 AM

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