Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

My long-time go-to wild rice casserole, perfect with after-Thanksgiving leftover turkey.

Turkey Wild Rice Casserole

So let’s talk turkey.

We perch in separate broods, the crowd which loves Thanksgiving dinner and the gang which holds out for Thanksgiving leftovers.

Last year, I might have been the happiest person not cooking a turkey. That’s because I stuffed myself at dinner and then came home with the carcass of a fifteen-pound bird that the next day yielded ten cups of stock and nearly as much meat.

So keep your brined and roasted and smoked and deep-fried turkeys fresh-sliced for the holiday table.

Just send me home with nothing but bones to feast for weeks, starting with sandwiches and warmed-overs before moving onto hot soup and pot pie and exotic-sounding, if you think about it, plain-fare turkey tetrazzini (like my mom's recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini) and turkey enchiladas.

But most years, the choice is a comfort-food casserole, a one-dish supper that’ll hold over the leftover-lovin’ turkeys til next year.

ALANNA's TIPS To feed more mouths, add fresh mushrooms, frozen corn or peas or stir in mashed potatoes. For a festive variation, add dried cranberries. For good crunch, chop up a can of water chestnuts, stir them in with the turkey. To stock your freezer without an inventory of dishes, try this technique. Line a casserole dish with plastic wrap, spray lightly with cooking spray. Add the casserole contents and freeze overnight. Lift the frozen casserole out of the dish, wrap it with foil and return to the freezer without the dish. Two days before serving, peel off the foil and plastic wrap, tuck the perfectly shaped casserole back into the dish for thawing and cooking. It’s a snap!
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TURKEY WILD RICE CASSEROLE

Prep time: 50 minutes (40 hands-on)
Time-to-table: 90 minutes
Serves 8
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 4 ribs celery, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large carrot, grated (about 1 cup)
  • 2 cups turkey stock or 15 ounces canned chicken broth
  • 2 cups half & half (see Later Notes) whisked until smooth with 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cooked turkey (about 3/4 pound), diced

Bring water to boil in a saucepan. Stir in salt and rice, simmer for 30 - 45 minutes until the rice is tender but still chewy.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter and sauté the onion, celery and carrots until soft. Add the stock and bring to a boil, then slowly stir in the cream/flour mixture. Add the sherry, salt and pepper. Add the turkey and let simmer slowly while the rice finishes.

Gently stir rice into the turkey mixture. Transfer to two-quart greased casserole dish. (See ALANNA’s TIPS.) Top with almonds and bake for 35 – 40 minutes at 375F.

Serve with cranberry sauce on the side.

LATER NOTES This recipe goes way-way back, I have made it many times. But when I made it in 2010, the mixture seemed right with just one cup of half & half (mixed with 1/4 cup flour) and baked up perfectly. So you might start with just a cup of liquid, then decide whether the second cup is needed. It never hurts to save a few calories, too. :-)

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Serving: 326 Calories; 13g Tot Fat; 30g Carb; 3g Fiber; 664mg Sodium; 78mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 7 points This recipe has been ‘Alanna-sized’ with increases in no-calorie flavorings and fiber-rich vegetables.

More Wild Rice Recipes

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Oven-Baked Brown Rice Creamy Wild Rice Soup Chicken & Wild Rice Soup (Turkey & Wild Rice Soup)

More Recipe Ideas for Leftover Turkey

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Turkey Tetrazzini on Toast Turkey Sweet Potato Soup Lemon Turkey Noodle Soup

What's Your Favorite Way to Use Up Leftover Turkey?

I'd love to know your family's favorites! Let me know in the comments!


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Alanna,
My favorite use for a turkey carcass is lentil soup -- even better if the turkey was smoked. Lentils and turkey get along like gang-busters.

Happy T'day!

11/23/2006
 
Thank you for this wonderful site. I especially enjoy the readers response to recipes and the "how to print" section is most helpful to me....I look forward to browsing more when snowed in.Ha
Thanks again .We have snow in Kentucky.Suzanne
 

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