Monday, November 21, 2011

Turkey a la King

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Every year just before Thanksgiving when Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce is a featured special at my grocery store I purchase both the jellied and the whole berry sauces.  There are some Thanksgiving Day traditions that I savor from my own childhood.  One tradition is placing a tangy slice of this cold jellied sauce next to steaming turkey slices and mashed potatoes (that are topped with yummy gravy) on my dinner plate.  Oh, definitely, mashed Butternut Squash is also present.  That was also a tradition of my DH's family.  Yes, I could prep the whole berry sauce earlier during Thanksgiving week and we could enjoy that, but it would not be the same as both of our childhood memories.  This tradition has continued.  Our sons have always kept a watch for the can of  Cranberry Sauce while grazing in the fridge before dinner. 

This treat is enjoyed with our Thanksgiving Day Dinner, enjoyed the next day with Hot Turkey Sandwiches and then enjoyed once again with Turkey a la King that is served over toasted Oatmeal Bread.

There is always enough roasted turkey remaining for that last meal.  Turkey a la King is delicious and it's very easy to prepare.

Turkey a la King
Serves 2 - 3 Adults

1/4 Cup Margarine/Butter (I use unsalted.)
1/3 Cup Flour
1 Cup Chicken/Turkey Broth (I use College Inn Light & Fat Free Chicken Broth.)
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup (cooked) Turkey chunks, cut up, more if desired
2 Cups Cooked Carrots &/or Peas combined

Toasted Bread

  1. Melt Margarine/Butter in skillet.
  2. Remove skillet from Medium heat and slowly stir in Flour.
  3. Return to heat and slowly add in Chicken Broth & Milk while slowly stirring constantly.
  4. Continue stirring over heat until sauce is thick and bubbly.
  5. Add Turkey chunks.
  6. Add in cooked vegetables.   
  7. Stir and heat mixture for 1 - 2 Minutes.
  8. Serve over toasted Bread.
This meal always uses the remaining pieces of roasted Turkey and we always remember the Cranberry Sauce!

Maybe there will be a few slices of Cranberry Bread (click on name) to enjoy later for dessert.  In New England we do like Cranberry Bread.  :)  Two of these breads filled with fresh chopped cranberries are on my "to bake" list for tomorrow along with Butternut Squash Custard Pie (click on name).   

Enjoy the holiday with your family & friends.  We have much to be thankful for and it is always good to appreciate what we have.

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!!



Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

This sounds like a super way to have leftover turkey! Delicious traditions, have a very Happy Thanksgiving, to you and your family!

Anonymous said...

Thanksgiving just wouldn't be right without jellied cranberry sauce. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Many blessings to all of you ♥

Mary Bergfeld said...

This delicious recipe really takes me back in time. It was a favorite of my Mom. We always used leftover turkey to make it so it was as much a part of our holiday as the Thanksgiving meal itself. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Rita said...

You are so right; turkey a la King is special; always on my list of what to make with leftover turkey.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

JG said...

Carol- Always enough leftover Turkey for a la King. :)

Charlie and me- Jellied Cranberry Sauce has its spot on our table.

Mary- Same here!

Rita- Just tastes so good packed with turkey & veggies.