Are you looking for an easy way to save on your grocery bill? Buying whole turkeys around the holidays can save you a fortune. Having baked turkey night after night gets old, though. Instead change it up with this delicious and comforting homemade turkey and dumplings.
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Turkey is a year-round meal in this house. I stock up when it goes on sale and then store it in the deep freeze until we need it. That’s simply how it goes when you’re feeding a growing family on a tiny budget.
It means coming up with a lot of turkey recipes so that the meals don’t get bland or routine, as well. That is exactly how this comforting homemade turkey and dumplings recipe came to be.
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My mom’s chicken and dumplings was one of my favorite meals growing up. It wasn’t until high school when I had chicken and dumplings at a friend’s house that I even learned it wasn’t “true” chicken and dumplings.
That doesn’t make it any less delicious and, let’s be fair, serious homage to my southern roots. This is the perfect recipe to use up turkey leftovers and create a delicious comfort food that the whole family will absolutely love!
Ingredients for Turkey Base
- 8 cups Chicken Broth (more as needed)
- 6-8 cups Shredded Turkey
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Pinch of Pepper
- 1 tsp Dried Basil
Ingredients for Dumplings
- 4 Cups of Flour + 1
- 1 tsp Salt
- 4 Eggs
- 1 cup Water
First, add your broth, shredded turkey, and salt to a large pot.
Bring the mixture to a boil then turn down the heat to medium.
While your turkey base simmers, add 4 cups of flour, your salt, eggs, and water to a large mixing bowl.
Mix your ingredients until well combined and they form a sticky dough.
Then knead your remaining flour into the dough.
Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface until it is roughly 1/4 of an inch thick.
- You don’t have to be perfect here. I’m certainly not.
After your dough is rolled out, turn the heat on your turkey base up to medium-high.
Then cut your dough into strips and add them to your turkey base.
- This is so much easier with a pizza cutter! It is large and the rotary blade is simply awesome for this kind of cutting!
Stir your dumplings until they are well mixed into your turkey base.
Once your dumplings have expanded, or “fluffed up”, stir in your pepper and basil.
Lastly, turn your heat down and simmer for 20 minutes.
If you’re worried about the freezer space whole turkey take up, I’ve got you covered. Cook the turkeys up and then pull them apart. After it is cool, add the cooked and pulled apart turkey to gallon freezer bags. Label the bags with the date and defrost them as needed for meals. Bam! Easy dinner prep.
Turn those budget-friendly frozen bags of cooked turkey into delicious meals like this comforting homemade turkey and dumplings. It is also the perfect leftovers recipe to use up leftover turkey after the holidays. Don’t let your hard earned money go to waste. Find ways to reinvent old meals into something new and delicious that your family will love!
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.