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Turkey Stew and Dumplings

October 27, 2011

Turkey Stew with Dumplings

Turkey Stew with Dumplings

This is the very last of my Thanksgiving.  There will be no turkey until Christmas.  Normally, I would be a little sadden by this whole ordeal but I’ve had my turkey fill.

One of the greatest things about stews is that they are easy to make and once you have everything in the pot there is little left to do but wait.  As the days start to get shorter and the air cools you’ll be looking for ways to warm your bones from the inside out.  Might I suggest stew and dumplings?

Turkey Stew with Dumplings


1  large onion diced
1 stalk of celery, diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
pinch of Cumin and Chili Powder
2 cups Chicken or Turkey stock
1 cup cooked turkey diced
small bunch of sage, chopped
1 large baking potato cut into small cubes
salt and pepper to taste
dab of butter

For the Roux
equal measure of butter and flour for the roux

For the Dumplings

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 to 1 cup buttermilk

To Prepare the Stew

In a large pot, heat butter until frothy.  
Cook onion, carrot and celery for 5 minutes.   Add the garlic and spices.
  Sweat for another few minutes.   Add turkey and stock, and bring to a boil.
  Add the potatoes and continue to cook for another 45 minutes.

To Prepare the Roux

Take equal measures of butter and flour.
  Melt the butter in a pan and gradually stir in the flour and continue to cook and stir.
  Once the flour and butter have combined remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool. You want to add cool roux to the hot stew to avoid getting lumps.  When the roux has cooled to the touch, whisk it in to the stew and it will thicken the stew for you
Add the sage.

To Prepare the Dumplings

Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  In small bowl whisk together the egg and milk.  Pour the liquid into the flour and gently fold.  Mix just until the dough comes together, the batter should look thick and cake-like.  After adding the roux to the stew, using two spoons, carefully drop heaping tablespoons full of the dumpling batter onto the hot turkey stew.  The dumplings should cover the top of the stew but should not be touching each other or crowded.  Let the dumplings cook covered for about 10-15 minutes until they are firm and puffy.

Makes 6-8 servings

Turkey Stew with Dumplings
Turkey Stew with Dumplings

This will warm your cold weary bones on those cool fall days.

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2011 4:32 pm

    Oh this recipe fits perfectly into fall. Nothing keeps you warm better than a great filling soup. Great site, and look forward to reading more!

  2. Elizabethus permalink
    January 16, 2012 1:37 pm

    Hello, I made this recipe last night! It was delicious, but all the broth ended up evaporating off by the time it finished, so I might suggest adding some more broth. I like having a more watery stew rather than a saucy one. I also did not have enough room in the pot I used for all the dumplings, and ended up having to bake half of them, so perhaps that recipe should be halved or a larger pot should be used. Adding the sage was a really good idea though, and I really enjoyed that part of it.

    • January 16, 2012 2:11 pm

      Hello! It sounds as though you had the heat set at a temperature that was too high, that would cause your turkey broth to evaporate. I usually add more liquid after adding the roux that way you know that you have the desired consistency that you are looking for. Just out of curiosity how did the dumplings turn out after baking them? If you used a large pot you would have had plenty of room for the dumplings. I am happy to hear that you did enjoy it 🙂

  3. Stephanie Sherlock permalink
    June 26, 2012 2:14 pm

    Cooked a bird this weekend and made killer turkey stock. Was looking for a turkey n dumplings recipe and came across this… it looks exactly like what I want to make so am going for it tonight! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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