If there’s one thing we know about Thanksgiving Dinner...there’s leftover Turkey - but what do you do with it?
Here’s a classic turkey casserole...with a twist. Add in some peppers and green chile, and you have yourself a New Mexico Turkey Leftover Specialty.
Make this casserole with the leftover turkey for all to enjoy!
Recipe Modified from Good Life Eats
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 rib celery, diced
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 16 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 Poblano Pepper
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup dry white wine or sherry
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 2 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into cubes
- 3 cups cubed or shredded turkey
- 1 Bag New Mexico Frozen Chile, Thawed and Diced
- 2 1/2 ounces fresh grated parmesan
- 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
- 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
- 10 ounce spaghetti, cooked al dente
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a 9x13 inch casserole dish by greasing with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large saute pan or cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil. Saute the celery and onion over medium heat until tender, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes.
- Add red bell pepper, poblano pepper, and garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
- Add the 3 tablespoons of butter to the pan.
- Whisk in the flour.
- Slowly add the milk, whisking as you pour.
- Then add the wine or sherry and chicken broth, whisking to eliminate any lumps.
- Stir in the cream cheese, turkey, green chile, and the sautéed vegetables.
- Simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the parmesan, pepper jack, cilantro, and pasta. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
- Transfer to the prepared 9x13 casserole dish.
- For the Topping: Combine the panko bread crumbs and the melted butter. Set aside.
- Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 400 degrees F until the sauces are heated through - about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and discard the foil. Sprinkle the buttered bread crumbs on top, return to the oven and bake until they are golden, about 5 minutes.