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Momma’s Turkey Stew with Dumplings

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


  • 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


  • In a 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients; stir in broth. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 287 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 1410mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • hughesbambi
    Nov 26, 2017

    This recipe was very tasty and I would certainly use it again. I only did two things differently. I had deeply browned wings from the turkey so placed them in the bottom of the crock pot first. I used Lawry's seasoned salt in place of the regular salt. I didn't make the dumplings as we were not going to use all of the soup and I didn't know how well they would hold up.

  • JGa2595176
    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
    Dec 12, 2014

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

  • maball
    Nov 28, 2014

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

  • yoyo1198
    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
    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
    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
    Apr 7, 2014

    Followed directions, very disappointing, will not make again.

  • crclk14
    Jan 22, 2013

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

  • shmeseraull
    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.