Those of you who remember a tired casserole of questionable provenance and insipid countenance forget that THIS is a TFD RECIPE. 🙂
You may not be aware that this dish is named after a famous Italian opera star of the early 20th century, Luisa Tetrazzini.
It is widely believed to have been invented ca. 1908–1910 by Ernest Arbogast, the chef at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, California, where Tetrazzini was a long-time resident. However, other sources attribute the origin to the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City.
Good Housekeeping published the first reference to Turkey Tetrazzini in October, 1908, saying readers could find the dish of cooked turkey in a cream sauce, with spaghetti, grated cheese, sliced mushrooms, and bread crumbs on top, at “the restaurant on Forty-second street.”
The chicken tetrazzini was made famous by chef Louis Paquet.
No universal standard for the dish exists, so various parts are missing or substituted in various recipes, for example, another kind of nut, crumbs, or different cheeses. The name is often expanded to describe the specific meat used (e.g., chicken tetrazzini, or tuna tetrazzini).
I’ve gone back to the beginning of this recipe that once epitomized richness and high society in its day.
Plus, I’m using top-quality ingredients and adding a few TFD flourishes such as the use of a bit of thyme liqueur (totally optional) and adding in some minced jalapeño for some added kick.
Enjoy this diner classic with noble San Francisco roots, Citizens!
Battle on – The Generalissimo
The Hirshon Turkey Tetrazzini
Citizens, please note that I can no longer afford to absorb the nearly $1000 per month it costs to keep the site running smoothly, including marketing expenses, etc. There is, however, a solution that benefits us all – one that will help to avoid the only other alternative, which is to add obnoxious ads throughout the site.
Become a Citizen Prime for only $4 per month and receive exclusive recipes, 3 free historic cookbook scans, discounts from TFD sponsors and so much more! For less than the cost of 1 Starbucks coffee, you can keep TFD Nation strong and proud! Details are here.
You can also show your support by listening to our podcasts, liking them, and sharing as you see fit – try them out here.