Momma’s Turkey Stew with Dumplings Recipe
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Momma’s Turkey Stew with Dumplings Recipe

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I love my slow cooker, especially during the holidays. My mother used to make this turkey stew every year with our Thanksgiving leftovers. The recipe is simple and really celebrates the natural flavors of good, simple ingredients. To this day, it is one of my favorite meals. — Stephanie Rabbitt-Schapp, Cincinnati, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 cups shredded cooked turkey
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup biscuit/baking mix
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk


  1. In a 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients; stir in broth. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  2. Remove bay leaves. In a small bowl, mix water and cornstarch until smooth; stir into turkey mixture. Add corn and peas. Cover and cook on high until mixture reaches a simmer.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix baking mix and milk just until moistened. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls on top of simmering liquid. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Momma’s Turkey Stew with Dumplings in Taste of Home October/November 2012, p61

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"Made with leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. Delicious. I did add more spices to knock it up a bit. Would make again, great use for extra chicken or turkey, and love the use of the crockpot."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"Made this yesterday exactly as directed. Hubby loved it and said it's a keeper."

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

"We really liked this- it was easy and very tasty!"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"With the addition of a few more herbs and increasing the poultry seasoning amount, this recipe is the one I use with both turkey and chicken for the basic stew. I like to make slick/flat dumplings though. Those fluffy dumplings tend to melt too readily."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"Simple and easy preparation. Instead of Turkey I used chicken leg quarters since I haven't done a Turkey yet. But, it will be a good recipe for later when I have the Turkey leftovers. As well, I don't have Bisquick on hand so I made easy scratch dumplings with Flour, Salt, Parsley, Butter and Milk."

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