Friday, December 17, 2010

Dealing with left overs; Turkey and Broccoli Casserole

     This is my aunt Jean's recipe and I'm sure she'll be so impressed this is her introduction to the blog. She is an amazing cook and I have her pumpkin torte recipe but this is the one I'll share for now.

     I first had this probably thirty years ago and I still love it. It falls into the "quick and dirty" category and again uses canned soup. It also has my number one guilty pleasure in it, Cheez Whiz. I love the stuff, I know, it probably doesn't even fall into a food group but I don't care. I don't have a picture of her so it will have to wait until later.

Turkey with Broccoli and Cheddar Casserole
2-4 cups diced turkey
1 head broccoli
1 can cream of “whatever” soup, I use mushroom
½-1 cup shredded cheddar/ 3-4 tablespoons cheez whiz
1 cup bread crumbs, bread cubes, optional
Grating of fresh nutmeg, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Wash and cut broccoli into florets.
In a medium sized casserole dish, combine turkey and broccoli. In a small bowl, combine soup and cheese, stir until well mixed. Pour over turkey mixture. Top with bread crumbs.
Bake for approximately 30-45 minutes, until broccoli is tender

     Hard as it is to believe, Cheez Whiz is perfect for this recipe. It is made to melt smooth without separating like real cheese can sometimes do leaving those puddles of oil on top of your cooking.

     For all the foodies who won't use canned soup refer to the hash brown recipe, just omit the chicken stock and add mushrooms to the celery and garlic. I'm not typing all of that over again. LOL

     Every time I make this people rave about it. I always feel a little guilty, " dirty" accepting the praise. LOL Okay, maybe not that guilty, I tell them no effort is too much for my friends, I guess the secret is out. Enjoy.

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