Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

 This Emeril recipe was a great use of leftovers from Thanksgiving and a lot easier to make than seafood gumbo! We used stock from the turkey bones which I think added a robust flavor. 

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 cups sliced andouille sausage
2 quarts stock
2 bay leaves
Salt and cayenne
Creole spice
2 cups shredded cooked turkey meat
Steamed rice, for serving
Chopped scallions, for garnish

Directions
In a large soup pot slowly heat oil and flour together over low heat, stirring constantly, until it becomes a nutty brown color and is very fragrant; be careful not to burn. Add onions, pepper and celery and cook, stirring, 4 minutes. Add garlic and andouille and cook 5 minutes, until some fat releases from sausage. Add stock, bay leaf, 2 teaspoons salt, cayenne and Creole spice to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add turkey and simmer 30 minutes more. Adjust seasonings and serve with hot steamed rice and a generous sprinkle of green onions.

Recipe Courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Inspired byt: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/turkey-andouille-gumbo-recipe.html?oc=linkback
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/turkey-andouille-gumbo-recipe.html?oc=linkback

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Grilled Buffalo Turkey Salad Poboy

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Grilled Buffalo Turkey Salad Poboy

Ingredients:

Roast turkey
French bread
Louisiana Buffalo sauce
Cheese
Diced onion
Diced celery
Milk
Flour
Butter
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Start by sauteing diced onions in butter. When those are ready, add flour and cook it for a bit before adding milk and cheese. Once you’ve got a nice creamy cheese sauce base going, add the turkey, celery, and buffalo sauce. You’re now ready to spread your buffalo turkey salad over a fresh loaf of bread, dress it poboy style with lettuce and tomato, and drizzle some blue cheese or ranch dressing over it, or whatever you personally like best for dipping hot wings into.

Commentary: This is another great way to use turkey leftovers, while also satisfying a craving for hot wings!

Turkey Tetrazzini

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Turkey Tetrazzini

Ingredients

  • 12 oz rotini
  • 12 ounces mushrooms, sliced (about 4-5 cups)
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 2 cloves diced garlic
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1/4 cup non-fat half and half
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan (divided into 1/3 and 1/3 cups)
  • 1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/3 cup fine fresh bread crumbs (or panko)
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 375°F. Start heating 2 to 3 quarts of water for the pasta. Add 1 teaspoon of salt for each quart of water.

2 Cook the mushrooms, onion and garlic in 3 Tbsp of the butter over medium heat, stirring, until all of the liquid the mushrooms give off has evaporated, 5-10 minutes. Set aside.

3 In a large, heavy saucepan, melt 1/4 cup of butter. Stir in the flour, and cook the mixture over low heat, stirring, for 3 minutes.

4 About now, put the pasta into the boiling water you’ve heated. Follow the package directions and cook until al dente. While the pasta is cooking continue on with the recipe.

5 Into the saucepan with the butter and flour, slowly whisk in the milk, cream, broth, and the sherry. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, for about 5 to 8 minutes.

6 When the pasta is ready, drain it. In a large bowl combine the pasta, the sauce, the mushrooms, the turkey, and the peas. Stir in 1/3 cup of the Parmesan and the 1/3 cup of Swiss cheese. Stir in the lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Note that if you have been using unsalted butter, and/or unsalted or low sodium stock, you will need to add more salt than you might expect. Just keep sprinkling it in until it is seasoned to your taste. Add a pinch of ground nutmeg if using, again to taste. Transfer the mixture to a buttered 3-quart casserole.

7 In a small bowl combine well the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan and the bread crumbs. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the tetrazzini, and dot the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, cut into bits.

8 Bake the Tetrazzini in the middle rack of the oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until it is bubbling and the top is golden.

Inspired by: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/turkey_tetrazzini/

Buffalo Turkey Pot Pie

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Buffalo Turkey Pot Pie

Ingredients:
1 pound cooked turkey breast – cubed
1 cup sliced carrots
2 stalks celery, chopped into bite sized pieces
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 3/4 cups turkey broth
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup Louisiana buffalo wing sauce
1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled
2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)

In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions, carrots, and celery in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Slowly stir in milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Whisk the chicken stock, cooked turkey, and wing sauce into the butter/flour mixture/milk and bring it to a boil. Simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes.

Place the turkey mixture in bottom pie crust. Sprinkle with blue cheese. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Inspired by: http://www.food.com/recipe/buffalo-chicken-pot-pie-284101
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chicken-pot-pie-ix/

Brined Roast Turkey

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Brined Roasted Turkey

Ingredients

  • 1 (23 lb.) frozen  turkey
  • Oven bag

For the brine:

  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 gallon vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped candied ginger
  • 1 gallon heavily iced water

For the aromatics:

  • 1 red apple, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 leaves sage
  • Olive oil

Directions:

2 to 3 days before roasting:

Begin thawing the turkey in the refrigerator or in a cooler kept at 38 degrees F.

Combine the vegetable stock, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, and candied ginger in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve solids and bring to a boil. Then remove the brine from the heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.

Early on the day or the night before you’d like to eat:

Combine the brine, water and ice in the 5-gallon bucket. Place the thawed turkey (with innards removed) breast side down in brine. If necessary, weigh down the bird to ensure it is fully immersed, cover, and refrigerate or set in cool area for 8 to 16 hours, turning the bird once half way through brining.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the bird from brine and rinse inside and out with cold water. Discard the brine.

Place the bird on roasting rack inside a half sheet pan and pat dry with paper towels.

Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Add steeped aromatics to the turkey’s cavity along with the rosemary and sage. Tuck the wings underneath the bird and coat the skin liberally with olive oil.

Roast the turkey on lowest level of the oven.  Insert a probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and Set the thermometer alarm (if available) to 161 degrees F. A 23 pound bird should require a total of 4 hours of roasting. Let the turkey rest, loosely covered with foil or a large mixing bowl for 15 minutes before carving.

Inspired by: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe/index.html