Thursday, November 24, 2011

Turkey Chow Mein Casserole

Let me take this opportunity to wish all our 'south-of-the-border' friends and family a most blessed Thanksgiving!  May your celebrations be filled with peace, love and joy...and may your thankful spirit go with you into the days to come.

Today I am thankful for my husband's sister, Anne...who I only got to know when I married into the family.  She was the oldest of the siblings...the tiniest...and the bubbliest.  She was a wonderful sister-in-law and became a favorite aunt to my children.  She was also a very good cook...and I have many recipes in my file in her perfect handwriting printing.  She passed away suddenly eight years ago...and now I treasure all those things which came from her.  We celebrated our Canadian Thanksgiving last month and I cooked up a whopping big turkey (33 pounds)...which guaranteed lots of turkey leftovers!  I pulled Anne's Turkey Wonder recipe from the file...and took it with me to the grocery store to be sure I had all the necessary ingredients.  I came home with a bag of celery, onions, chow mein noodles, soup and water chestnuts...but had somehow left the recipe card at Safeway.  It never showed up...so I made the dish as I best recalled...and we enjoyed it just fine.  I am documenting what I did right here on MGCC...so that Anne's Turkey Wonder recipe will  live on!  If you are looking for a simple and delicious way to use up your leftover turkey in the coming days...try making turkey chow mein. 


Ingredients:
  •  2 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cooked turkey, cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion (red onion adds a little colour)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 small can sliced water chestnuts, drained
 Topping:  Crushed potato chips, sliced almonds or chopped cashews.

Method:
  1. Put chow mein noodles in the bottom of a greased 2-quart casserole.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients and spread over the noodles.
  3. Bake uncovered at 350° F for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and add desired topping.  Bake for 10 minutes longer.
I remember my sis-in-law serving this dish with crunchy crushed potato chips on top...so I have always done the same.  I'm sure cashews would be an excellent addition though!

11 comments:

  1. I'm sure you and your family are going to spend a wonderful Thanksgiving....hugs and blessings, Flavia

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  2. This looks like a great recipe Judy - quick and creamy. I'm sure you could use leftover chicken as well.

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  3. Are the noodles the crunchy chow mein noodles or the soft one? I can't wait to try this delicious recipe.

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  4. I can't even imagine what a 33 lb turkey would look like....GLORY, bet that took a while to cook. It's so wonderful to be able to pass down family recipes. I finally wrote out what I did in making my grandma's dressing...I learned from watching. Now our daughters and their families someday will have Half-pint's recipe. This looks like a comfort food recipe. We'll have to try it. May His favor rest on you and yours!

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  5. Pat...they are the crunchy chow mein noodles. By the time the casserole is cooked...they are soft.

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  6. Thanks for the recipe. I made it for lunch today and and my husband really liked it. I served it with a sprinkle of dry chow mein noodles on top.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and the girls at Mennonite Girls Can Cook.

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  7. this looks awesome Judy..
    I have to try it one day soon!!!!

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  8. My Mom used to make this dish all the time when I was a child. It's still "comfort food" for me.:)

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  9. I've made a very similar recipe handed down from my mom... I put extra noodles on top when assembling ... and they stay crunchy.

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  10. Oh.. that looks soo good! I wonder if gf lasagne noodles would work instead of the chow mein noodles. Maybe a layer at the bottom. I'll have to try it !

    I'm sorry you lost your recipe card! I would have cried! You obviously remembered the recipe, which is good!

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  11. I don't think a 33 pound turkey would even fit in my oven! I love you ladies and I love your messages and recipes!

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