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Turkey and dumplings is a comforting and hearty dish that combines tender turkey meat with fluffy dumplings in a savory broth. It’s a perfect way to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or any roast turkey meal. Here’s a simple recipe to make delicious turkey and dumplings:


For the Turkey and Broth:

  • 2 cups cooked turkey meat, shredded or diced
  • 6 cups chicken or turkey broth (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
  • Fresh herbs like thyme and parsley (optional)

For the Dumplings:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup milk or buttermilk


  1. Prepare the Broth: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil or melt butter over medium heat. Add chopped onion, carrots, celery, and minced garlic. Cook until vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add Turkey and Broth: Add the shredded or diced turkey meat to the pot. Pour in the chicken or turkey broth, enough to cover the ingredients and create a flavorful broth. Season with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs like thyme and parsley if using. Bring to a simmer and let it cook while you prepare the dumplings.
  3. Make the Dumpling Dough: In a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add cold butter pieces and use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually pour in milk or buttermilk, stirring until a soft dough forms.
  4. Form Dumplings: Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling dough into the simmering broth and turkey mixture. Cover the pot with a lid and let the dumplings cook for about 15-20 minutes. The dumplings will puff up and become fluffy as they cook.
  5. Check Doneness: After 15-20 minutes, check that the dumplings are cooked through (they should be firm to the touch and not doughy). Taste the broth and adjust seasoning if needed with more salt and pepper.
  6. Serve: Ladle the turkey and dumplings into bowls, making sure to include plenty of broth, vegetables, turkey, and dumplings in each serving. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley if desired.
  7. Enjoy: Serve hot and enjoy the comforting flavors of tender turkey, fluffy dumplings, and savory broth. Turkey and dumplings pair wonderfully with a side of crusty bread or a simple green salad.

This homemade turkey and dumplings recipe is perfect for cozy family dinners or for using up leftover turkey deliciously and satisfyingly. Adjust the seasonings and vegetables according to your taste preferences for a personalized touch.


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