Smoked Turkey Tetrazzini with Fresh Broccoli

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Smoked Turkey Tetrazzini with Fresh Broccoli

If you do an internet search on “Smoked Turkey Tetrazzini” you’ll get about 181,000 results. All of them put their own little spin on the recipe but basically, it’s an American dish made with diced smoked turkey and mushroom in a butter/cream and cheese sauce. It’s served hot using various types of pasta (e.g. spaghetti, linguine, egg noodles, or my personal favorite – angel hair pasta) prepared as a baked casserole. The dish is named after the Italian opera star Luisa Tetrazzini.

Good Housekeeping published the first reference to turkey tetrazzini in October 1908. The recipe that I have used for years comes from The Good Housekeeping Cookbook published in 1973. It was a present to SWMBO from her Mother after our wedding in 1972. The original recipe that I adapted to leftover turkey from that cookbook is actually a “Chicken Tetrazzini” recipe. The cookbook still serves as a great source for delicious recipes.

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If you want to try your hand using my scrumptious smoked turkey tetrazzini then you can find the original Chicken Tetrazzini recipe which I adapted at https://www.smokinpetebbq.com/wordpress/smoked-chicken-tetrazzini/. Modify this recipe to meet your preferences or pick one of the thousands of recipes online. Either way, it’s a great way to use up turkey leftovers or maybe a rotisserie chicken from Costco or your local grocery store.

I served my Smoked Turkey Terazzini with a side of freshly steamed Broccoli from my garden. This is my first year at a winter garden and being able to harvest fresh broccoli from the garden to steam Al Dante for dinner is priceless. It’s also delicious – observe those succulent florets and that deep green color!!

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