Swiss Turkey Casserole

It’s a snowy day bonus recipe!

This tasty casserole recipe, from my Aunt Buzz, originally called for cubed cooked chicken; but I went and in her words “gorped it up” by grabbing some leftover Popeye’s Cajun Turkey from the freezer, and then adding some spices and seasonings that, if my beloved aunt were not already dead, would no doubt kill her.

But then, I have a blog and she didn’t, so this is how it’s gonna be.

By the way, this is still very good with cubed cooked chicken (think rotisserie, from the market), so don’t wait for feast day leftovers to make a batch.

•4 cups diced cooked turkey or chicken
•1 cup diced celery
•1 cup diced onion
•2 cups bread cubes (I used bagged stuffing)
•1 cup mayonnaise
•1/2 cup milk
•1 tbsp Sherry Peppers Sauce*
•1 tsp Cajun Power Spicy Garlic Pepper Sauce -or your fave hot sauce, to taste
•1 tsp black pepper
•1 tsp Aleppo pepper
•1 tsp parsley
•8 oz. Swiss cheese – cut in thin strips

*No Sherry Peppers Sauce? No Problem! Simply add a bit of decent sherry (none of that “cooking” stuff) and a dash or three of your fave hot sauce, to taste.

Heat your oven too 350º and brush a 2-1/2 quart casserole with olive oil.

In a large bowl,  whisk together the mayonnaise, milk, Sherry Peppers Sauce, hot sauce, black and Aleppo pepper, and the parsley until nicely blended.

Note: because I used pre-seasoned (Cajun style) turkey and seasoned stuffing mix, I did not add any additional salt to this recipe.

Stir in the bread cubes and set aside to rest for ten minutes or so to allow the bread to soak up some of the mayonnaise and milk mixture.

Add the celery, onion, turkey, and cheese and toss to mix together well.

Transfer to the oiled casserole, cover with foil, and bake in the hot oven for 35 minutes or so.

Remove the foil and return to the oven for another ten minutes, then remove the casserole from the oven and allow to rest for ten minutes before serving.

Aunt Buzz would serve this with a salad, some rolls, and perhaps a side of Polka or “Beautiful” music from WHOM – “We’re High on Mount Washington!”

We kept ours simple with garlic rolls and bit of ranch dressing on the side, but you go ahead and do what you want.

As it happened, Rich wanted seconds, so…

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