Thursday, April 8, 2010

Comfort Food

My buddy, Carole, had a post about her favorite comfort food -- macaroni and cheese -- complete with recipe. This girl can cook and you should go visit and get the recipe. I told her I had been thinking about a comfort food post myself and had just been lazy. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the horrible photo I took of the turkey tetrazzini I made and planned on sharing with you. I'll share the recipe ... it really is good!

What is your favorite comfort food? Macaroni and cheese, BLT sandwich, Granny's chicken soup, cheese enchiladas (we did live in New Mexico for many, many years), chocolate .. what else says comfort to you?

For us (besides the above), we really like turkey tetrazzini. I use the recipe out of one my favorite cookbooks: Campbell's Great American Cookbook: A culianary treasury of more than 500 best-loved recipes from Colonial times to the present. It was published in 1984 by the Campbell's Soup Company. It's a little worn around the edges, but still holding together. Not only are the recipes down home good, but there are little snippets (don't you just love that word?) of information included with many of the recipes.

Here's the recipe for Chicken/Turkey Tetrazzini

Chicken Tetrazzini

Although the name sounds Italian, Chicken Tetrazzini is a thoroughly American dish created in San Francisco early in this century (20th) in honor of the great coloratura Luisa Tetrazzini. This version has become popular as an elegant last-minute dish for company meals.

Begin: 1 Hour Ahead 6 Servings

1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
1 cup light cream
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey
1/4 cup chopped pimentos
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
8 ounces spaghetti, cooked and drained
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1. In 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, in hot butter, cook mushrooms and onion until tender. Stir in flour and salt until blended. Gradually stir in chicken broth. Cook until mixture boils, stirring constantly. Stir in cream, sherry, chicken, pimentos and parsley; heat until just boiling, stirring often. Remove from heat.

2. In 12 by 8 inch baking dish, spread spaghetti. Pour chicken mixture over spaghetti. Top with cheese. Bake at 450 degrees F. 15 minutes or until cheese is golden.

Easy Tetrazzini: Use ingredients as above but use only 2 tablespoons butter or margarine and omit flour, salt, chicken broth and cream. In 2 quart saucepan over medium-high heat, heat only 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. In butter, cook mushrooms and onion until tender. Stir in 2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each) condensed cream of chicken soup, 1 cup water and sherry; heat through. Stir in chicken, pimentos and parsley; heat until just boiling, stirring often. Remove from heat. Proceed as in step 2.


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dosfishes said...

HI Snap,
I want a picture of you in that t-shirt on a Farmall tractor! Turkey Tetrazinni is something I haven't made in forever, but it is good. My favorite comfort food is New England Clam chowder, sometimes I just crave it. I might have to have it for supper!

Anya said...

Thanks for the recipe Snap :-)
I will try it .....
(I think I can translate it ;)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Mmmm, that DOES sound good!

Maria-Thérèse said...

Had to have it today.

Barb said...

Hi Snap, I usually make this after we have turkey - there is always leftover turkey and then there is always leftover Tetrazzini.

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Ah, comfort food. Mac and cheese is on the list. As is bacon and lettuce sandwich although I mostly eat turkey bacon now, ummmm chocolate in many forms but for comfort food it should include some caramel and believe it or not, smoothies with frozen peaches and cranberries.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi There, Your Chicken Tetrazzini sounds wonderful.

My comfort food???? Well---I love Peanut Butter but I also love Ice Cream.... And I'm could name lots more!!!! ha ha

Hope things are still going well.

Carole said...

I love that t-shirt! Too funny. My mother (who was southern and loved grits) would have gotten a chuckle out of that!

The recipe sounds good. To my recollection I've never had tetrazzini.

Being that it's from a Campbell's cookbook I was surprised there wasn't any canned soup on the ingredient list, but then I saw your footnote.

The only thing I'll have to change is the broth. I use homemade veggie broth for everything (I know ~ sigh).

Thanks for sharing. :-)

Rosa said...

Oh, mac-n-cheese! Chicken tetrazzini!

Janet said...

My comfort foods....homemade mac and cheese would be one, also really good mashed potatoes, peanut butter, ice cream. As you can see I need a lot of comfort!

LOVE the t-shirt!

Carole said...

I also meant to thank you for the compliment. That was very sweet. :-)

nonizamboni said...

Oh yum-- I've only made T.T.once but it was wonderful. And don't you just love those cookbooks like the Joy of Jello and Cambell's soup? Casseroles are a favorite--the tater tot/hamburger one and hamburger stroganoff; actually both 'soup' recipes. From the days when that's what I could afford and didn't care about cals.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

This sounds delicious! I'm going to copy down this recipe and give it a try.

My favorite comfort food is probably chocolate or chicken pot pie.