Comforting Homemade Turkey and Dumplings

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!

 

Close Up of Turkey and Dumplings in Bowl

Ingredients for Turkey Base

Ingredients for Dumplings

Step 1

First, add your broth, shredded turkey, and salt to a large pot.

Step 2

Bring the mixture to a boil then turn down the heat to medium.

Step 3

While your turkey base simmers, add 4 cups of flour, your salt, eggs, and water to a large mixing bowl.

Step 4

Mix your ingredients until well combined and they form a sticky dough.

Step 5

Then knead your remaining flour into the dough.

Step 6

Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface until it is roughly 1/4 of an inch thick.

Tip:

Step 7

After your dough is rolled out, turn the heat on your turkey base up to medium-high.

 

Cut Strips of Dough

Close Up of Cut Strips of Dough

Step 8

Then cut your dough into strips and add them to your turkey base.

Close Up of Cut Strips of Dough with Pizza Cutter

Tip:

Step 9

Stir your dumplings until they are well mixed into your turkey base.

 

Turkey and Dumplings in Pot

Step 10

Once your dumplings have expanded, or “fluffed up”, stir in your pepper and basil.

Step 11

Lastly, turn your heat down and simmer for 20 minutes.

 

Turkey and Dumplings in Bowl

Close Up of Turkey and Dumplings in Bowl with Flowers in Background

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.

 

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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!

Homemade Turkey and Dumplings

Homemade Turkey and Dumplings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. First, add your broth, shredded turkey, and salt to a large pot.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil then turn down the heat to medium.
  3. While your turkey base simmers, add 4 cups of flour, your salt, eggs, and water to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Mix your ingredients until well combined and they form a sticky dough.
  5. Then knead your remaining flour into the dough.
  6. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface until it is roughly 1/4 of an inch thick.
  7. After your dough is rolled out, turn the heat on your turkey base up to medium-high.
  8. Then cut your dough into strips and add them to your turkey base.
  9. Stir your dumplings until they are well mixed into your turkey base.
  10. Once your dumplings have expanded, or "fluffed up", stir in your pepper and basil.
  11. Lastly, turn your heat down and simmer for 20 minutes.

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