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Friday, June 10, 2011

Turkey Chop Suey

Is chop suey authentic anything?? Other than a yummy dish? I don't know but I really like it. When I make it that is. Please indulge me on another recipe in which I start out with something you know and love and then change, change, change it because I don't have all the normal ingredients.

In an old Taste of Home Book (2007 Annual Recipes) I found the original which was a use for leftover turkey - which is what I needed to do. I cooked a turkey that was in my freezer in anticipation of getting a half of a cow worth of meat and I needed the space. Then the temps hit 97 degrees for a couple of days and who really wants a turkey dinner when it is that hot?

This is my take on the recipe - it used up some random veggies in my fridge, and because I am unbelievably out of tamari sauce I "invented" my sauce - which was really good.

Any veggie would work but these were really yummy!

Turkey Chop Suey
1 small onion diced
2 celery ribs, sliced
1 leek, sliced thin in half moons, cleaned well
1 small zucchini sliced in half lengthwise and then sliced thin in half moons - parboiled
1 small container of mushrooms sliced thin
1TBS butter 1 TBS coconut oil
2 - 3 cups cooked chopped turkey
2 cups turkey broth - made from your turkey carcass
2 TBS cornstarch
1/4 cup cold turkey broth or water
3 TBS tamari OR 2 TBS fish sauce and 2 TBS teriaki eel sauce
1 can of bean sprouts drained or one small bag fresh
Hot cooked rice

In a large skillet, saute the onion, celery, mushrooms and leek in butter/coconut oil. Meanwhile bring a small amount of water to boil in a small pan and add your zucchini - parboil for 3-4 minutes. When zucchini is soft dump the whole pan, liquid and all into your skillet. Add turkey and broth, bring to a boil. Reduce heat.

Meanwhile in a small bowl combine cornstarch and your 1/4 cup liquid plus the tamari stirring until smooth. Add to pan and stir. Bring back to a boil and stir for a couple of minutes until liquid begins to thicken. Add bean sprouts and cook a bit if fresh. Serve over rice.


  1. thanks for sharing I have not made chop suey for what seems like forever, yummy!


  2. This sounds great - I think it would make a truly satisfying meal after working all day in the yard!

  3. Sweetlife: I was surprised at how. Simple this was. Thanks for stopping by!

    Alea, I bet this would. How I envy your love of gardening I have to make myself get out in mine.

  4. Sounds great. I think some of the best dinners come from tweaking recipes to fit what you have on hand. Or at least that's what I tell myself because I do it almost every day. :)

  5. LOL - I tell myself that too! The only problem is when it turns out great and you can't reproduce it!

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  7. Yummy! This version of chop suey sounds so tasty! I can't wait to try it :D

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