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
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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 287 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 1410mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.


  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

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JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 238391
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."

SanditheCat User ID: 1238615 214679
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

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

maball User ID: 4420592 196074
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2014

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

yoyo1198 User ID: 441674 193654
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."

tlschmer User ID: 6965939 125670
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."

tastyhealthy User ID: 8114327 121393
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

"I make this dish all the time as it is so tasty. It is a staple in my house during the winter months. I don't make the biscuits though as I don't want the extra calories."

nannaboo User ID: 1460214 114900
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"Followed directions, very disappointing, will not make again."

crclk14 User ID: 6754829 197029
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"This was delicious, easy, and made the house smell wonderful while it cooked. Kids gave it 2 thumbs up!"

shmeseraull User ID: 4061455 136630
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"I did not have turkey so I substituted chicken instead. My husband and I both loved it! It was hearty and full of flavor. I'm putting this on our list of favorites."

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