Vintage Cooking: A Wild Rice and Turkey Casserole Recipe, Comfort Food Just Like Grandma Made
Happy New Year Everyone!
Today I thought I would post something a little different than my usual decorating tales. I found myself knee deep in reorganizing my house a bit when 2015 swooped in. My master bedroom closet got a complete overhaul and you can actually walk in it now. One afternoon I also found myself going through my Hoosier Table and pulling out all my cookbooks.
I have tons of cookbooks. Some are new and many are vintage. I love to collect vintage cookbooks. You would think I liked to cook or something! The truth is I would love to have time to dabble in the culinary arts but cooking dinner most nights seems to be just a necessary chore. I am usually exhausted by then and would be happy just opening up a can of Chef Boyardee if I could get away with it. I do enjoy looking through my vintage cookbooks and always have good intentions when I dog ear a page. While digging through my cabinet I came across this vintage Good Housekeeping’s Casserole Book. It is chocked full of yummy sounding recipes.
I had a ton of leftover turkey from New Year’s Day and wanted to do something with it besides making turkey sandwiches, which I happen to love by the way. One of the recipes featured in this old Good Housekeeping cookbook was Wild Rice and Turkey Casserole. A couple of days later I happened to be chatting with my husband on the computer and he asked me that age old question, “What’s for dinner?” I swear some days those feel like fightin’ words. If I am having a really bad back pain day, the last thing I want to think about getting up and cooking and cleaning up the mess. Anyway, I told him we were having Wild Rice and Turkey Casserole and after he sent me a few puking emoticons I told him he was going to eat it and like it, or else.
Well, guess what? He actually liked it!
If you are looking for a simple and tasty way to use leftover turkey or chicken, then you may like this recipe. The recipe calls for added sausage crumbles and mushrooms which I think really gives it a good flavor. Here is the recipe for those interested:
Wild Rice And Turkey Casserole Recipe
You will need:
- 1 ~ 1/2 Cups Wild Rice
- 4 Cups Of Water
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 lb. Bulk Pork Sausage
- 1 3oz. Can Of Whole Mushrooms, undrained
- 2 Cans of condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, undiluted
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- 12 Slices of Roast Turkey or Chicken
- 1/2 Cup Day Old Bread Crumbs
- 1/4 cup Melted Butter
Cook rice in water according to the directions on the bag until all the liquid is absorbed. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook sausage over a medium heat until browned then drain off the fat. Return sausage to the pan, add mushrooms, soup, and Worcestershire. Lightly stir in the cooked rice.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Spoon half of rice mixture into a greased 9″ X 13″ baking dish. Arrange the turkey on top of the layer of rice mixture, then add the rest of the rice mixture. Mix breadcrumbs with butter and sprinkle over the top of the casserole. Bake about 30 minutes or until hot and golden.
Note: Do not use breadcrumbs from a can like the ones you use for breading chicken, fish or pork. Rip up a few pieces of day old bread until you have “crumbs”.
Makes 8 Servings
I usually don’t make New Year Resolutions, but this year I think I am going to make one. I am going to start making other recipes from my collection of vintage cookbooks. Stay tuned my dear blogland friends!