Turkey Stew

Made this the other day on a whim actually. (read that as, had leftover turkey in the fridge and I wanted to use it before it went bad)

It turned out well enough that I am willing to share it with you all.  Hubby and the kids loved it, so it is an all around thumbs up.


Gather up the following items

1/3 cup flour
3 Tablespoons of Butter/Bacon Drippings/Vegetable Oil  (Whatever is on hand!)
6 cups water
3-4 cups cooked turkey,cubed
5 full sized carrots, cut into bite sized pieces
4 ribs of celery, chopped into chunks ……..1 medium onion, chopped
10 medium potatoes, roughly peeled and chopped
3 Tablespoons Chicken Bouillon
Pepper to Taste

Now here is how you throw it together.


Melt the Butter/Drippings/whatever you have over medium heat.  Whisk in the flour, forming a rue.  Don’t brown it.  You just want to cook it for a few minutes to take the raw flour taste out of it.

Add in the water, slowly at first, whisking continually to make sure you don’t get any lumps.  Lumps are bad.  As the mixture incorporates, you can add the water at a more rapid pace.  Still whisking as you go.

Add in the Bouillon.


This is the one that I use.  It is an ingredient of greatness.  Allow the flour/butter/water mixture to continue to simmer until it has come to a full boil.  This is where all your thickening will happen.  Rush this and you will have a burnt pan.  Be patient, you will have a velvety thick stew base.  Whisk this every-so-often as it comes to a boil.


While that Rue is thickening.  Get to choppin’.  I roughly peeled the potatoes to give the stew that rustic appeal.  I add these right to the Rue as soon as it has come to a boil.


Chop the carrots into bite sized chunks.  Buy those bags with the big ones!  They are so much cheaper than those little peeled nubs they try to tell you to feed your kids.  I give the carrots and potatoes their own private 10 minute head start in the pool.  They are the hardest veggies in the dish and they just need some more time to soften


Reduce the Heat a bit to Medium Low/ Low after the carrots and potatoes have had their moment.  Grab your onion and celery and chop those up too. I use the celery leaves too.  They just add more flavor to the stew. Add some pepper now and taste the broth to see if you like the flavor.  Now is the time to adjust, not at the table.   Add in Turkey too… don’t forget the Turkey!

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After everyone is in the tub, let it all simmer together for about 30 or so minutes more.  Or until the vegetables reach your idea of done.

We paired this with some jalapeno bread sticks.  YUM!


Happy Eating!

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