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Modern Turkey Tetrazzini

With the publication of two new casserole cookbooks, it seems these one-dish meals will be a staple. F&W's Melissa Rubel Jacobson updates a creamy turkey Tetrazzini recipe with whole-grain pasta and wild mushrooms.


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  • Servings: 6 to 8

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  • 3 turkey drumsticks (2 3/4 pounds total)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound whole-grain rotini or fusilli
  • 1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 medium shallots, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound oyster mushrooms, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped thyme
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup frozen baby peas
  • 2 slices of whole wheat sandwich bread
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a medium roasting pan, rub the turkey drumsticks with the vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast the turkey for about 45 minutes, until cooked through. Let stand until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Cut the turkey meat into 1/2-inch pieces; discard the skin and bones.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rotini and cook until it is al dente. Drain the pasta well.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, melt 1 stick of the butter. Add the diced shallots and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the shiitake and oyster mushrooms and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sage and thyme and cook until fragrant. Add the wine, bring to a boil and cook over high heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until moistened, about 1 minute. Add the chicken stock, bring to a simmer and cook over low heat until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cream, turkey, peas and pasta and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the contents of the skillet in a deep, 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  5. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. In a food processor, pulse the bread until fine crumbs form. Add the bread crumbs and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to the melted butter and toss. Season the bread crumbs with salt and pepper and sprinkle evenly over the casserole. Bake the casserole for about 30 minutes, until golden brown on top. Serve hot.
Contributed By Published January 2009

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