Magazine article Sunset

The Quick Cook

Magazine article Sunset

The Quick Cook

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Entrees in 30 minutes or less

Second-day turkey

* Interest in leftover Thanksgiving turkey tends to fade proportionally to the number of days that have passed since the holiday. But this versatile, lean meat will keep its quality for four to five days if refrigerated and well covered, so you can afford to take a short break before coming back to it. Then, any of the following dishes, some of which incorporate other likely Thanksgiving extras, will make a welcome meal. On the other hand, why not freeze the turkey bonus in small, easy-to-thaw packets to have available when a quick meal is in order?

Turkey Pasta with Bacon and Cranberry Sauce

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 30 minutes

MAKES: 4 servings

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth

1/2 cup pecan halves

1/4 pound sliced bacon, chopped

1 onion (1/2 lb.), peeled and chopped

3/4 pound dried bow-tie pasta

3/4 cup cranberry sauce or relish (purchased or homemade)

2 cups bite-size pieces skinned cooked turkey

1/4 cup minced parsley

Salt and pepper

1. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with broth.

2. While water heats, pour pecans into a 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Shake or stir nuts frequently until lightly browned under the skin (break a nut to test), about 5 minutes. Pour from pan and set aside.

3. Return frying pan to medium-high heat; add bacon and onion. Stir often until bacon is brown, about 10 minutes; spoon out fat and discard. Add pasta to boiling water and cook until tender to bite, 10 to 12 minutes.

4. While pasta cooks, add cranberry sauce and broth mixture to bacon and onion; stir over high heat until boiling. Add turkey and parsley, mix, and keep sauce warm.

5. Drain pasta. Return to pan, add turkey sauce, and mix. Spoon onto plates. Sprinkle pasta with toasted pecans and add salt and pepper to taste.

Per serving: 705 cal., 26% (180 cal.) from fat; 38 g protein; 20 g fat (4.2 g sat.); 92 g carbo (3.9 g fiber); 238 mg sodium; 63 mg chol.

Turkey, Mashed Potato, and Jack Cheese Casserole

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 25 minutes

NOTES: For mashed potatoes, use leftovers, purchased, frozen, or a mix. …

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