I have a treasured collection of vintage aprons that belonged to my mother and grandmother. It amuses me to wear one whenever I make a vintage recipe. Today, leftover turkey inspires a knock-off of my mom’s Chicken Tetrazzini.
Donning my grandmother’s little gold apron with the appliqued turkey, I assemble the ingredients.
So many vintage recipes have disappeared in time and I think the longevity and popularity of Chicken Tetrazzini is due, in part, to turkey. During the holidays folks often wax nostalgia, yearning for childhood favorite dishes. Chicken Tetrazzini segued to Turkey Tetrazzini, satisfying that comfort food craving while tidily taking advantage of the leftover holiday fowl.
My mother’s tetrazzini recipes calls for an additional 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 cup of half-and-half, enriched with a beaten egg yolk, stirred into the casserole right before baking. That adds a creamy rich flavor but I’m cutting calories now, saving room for holiday favorites around the turnpike.
I also changed mom’s classic using smoked almonds instead of plain. Chicken Tetrazzini recipes often call for green peas, which would add color and a welcome nutritional boost.
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Hi there! I'm Peggy Lampman -
Food writer by trade, curious cook by design.
The past 30 years have witnessed a raucous race from my professional to
home kitchen - persnickety customers, petulant children and piles of dirty dishes
lie in my wake. And the dinnerFeeds - well - they
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Taste buds prickle; wanderlust triggered. An Argentine barbecue (asado)
enticed me to Patagonia. A friend gave me a vial of ground sumac berries--4 months later I was
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