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Turkey and Buttermilk Dumplings

Turkey and Buttermilk Dumplings ~ Fluffy buttermilk dumplings in a rich, creamy broth made fragrant by carrots, celery, leeks, mushrooms, herbs, and leftover turkey.Turkey and Buttermilk Dumplings ~ Fluffy buttermilk dumplings in a rich, creamy broth made fragrant by carrots, celery, leeks, mushrooms, herbs, and leftover turkey ~ The Complete SavoristI love Thanksgiving dinner. There is no doubt it is one of the best food holidays we have here in the States. Yes, every holiday has its own set of foods associated with it, but there is something particularly gluttonous about Thanksgiving dinner.

In my house, this year was no exception. Dinner was spectacularly delicious. For the first time ever, I had help in the kitchen and I don’t just mean someone who was willing to grate cheese or peel potatoes, but someone who made half the meal. When the menu was created, my friend Matthew and I divided tasks and set about making a meal to share with our respective families. I could get used to this.

This dinner also marked another first. I didn’t take a single photo to blog. Each dish we made was simply for us to enjoy. (Although, I did make my grandma’s green bean casserole, which is here on the blog.) I love making food for all of you, but I can’t deny that I did enjoy just cooking for the sake of cooking, to enjoy, and then to devour like a pack of ravenous wolves while it was still hot…a point that was actually made at the table, as I often serve cold food (or food that has to be reheated) due to the photography required. Turkey and Buttermilk Dumplings ~ Fluffy buttermilk dumplings in a rich, creamy broth made fragrant by carrots, celery, leeks, mushrooms, herbs, and leftover turkey ~ The Complete SavoristLike most everyone else, leftovers were aplenty. And as you all know, leftovers NEVER go to waste in my house. I can pretty much eat the holiday meal over and over again until it’s gone, but most people get bored and want something new. Enter the ever-classic dumpling recipe. Dumplings are heavenly. If I am to be perfectly honest and frank, I couldn’t care less about what is simmering away under the dumplings, I want just the dumplings. I simply eat the other stuff because it’s the “good for you” stuff, but left to my own devices, I’d eat myself silly on the dumplings (and usually do anyway.)

But I promise, the stuff simmering away under the dumplings is rather delicious and my daughter only ate the stuff under the dumplings sans mushrooms, giving me her dumplings. Turkey and Buttermilk Dumplings ~ Fluffy buttermilk dumplings in a rich, creamy broth made fragrant by carrots, celery, leeks, mushrooms, herbs, and leftover turkey ~ The Complete Savorist

Turkey and Buttermilk Dumplings

Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups cooked turkey (cubed or shreaded)
  • 1 large celery rib; chopped
  • 2 medium carrots; chopped
  • 1/2 onion; chopped
  • 8 oz . mushrooms; sliced
  • 1 large leek; cleaned and sliced
  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary; crushed
  • 1/4 tsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt; to taste
  • 1/4 tsp pepper; to taste
  • 1/2 cream , milk, half and half
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Roux

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups hot broth from cooking; ladle-ful at at time

Buttermilk Dumplings

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs; room temp
  • 3/4-1 cup buttermilk
  • pinch of sugar
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish; optional

Instructions

  1. In a large, heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, heat oil and butter over medium high heat.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, and onions to the pot and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the leeks and mushrooms, cook an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Add the herbs, salt, and pepper, stir until fragrant.
  5. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Add the roux
  7. Once the roux has been incorporated, add the cooked turkey and dairy, stir well.
  8. Using 2 spoons, carefully drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the dumpling batter into the hot mixture.
  9. The dumplings should cover the top of the sauce, but should not be touching or crowded.
  10. Let the dumplings poach for 10 to 15 minutes until they are firm and puffy, test with a toothpick.
  11. Garnish with fresh parsley, if using, serve, and enjoy.

Roux

  1. While the soup is simmering, melt the butter in a pan, and once melted, whisk in the flour until it forms a paste-like consistency.
  2. Using a deep ladle, pour in the hot broth a bit at a time, taking care to fully whisk it in and not allow it to burn.
  3. Incorporate the roux into the soup pot; mix well.

Buttermilk Dumplings

  1. To prepare the dumplings: sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs and milk together; pour the liquid in the dry ingredients and gently fold.
  3. Mix just until the dough comes together, the batter should be thick and cake-like.

Recipe Notes

Dumpling recipe is Tyler Florence's, I only added a pinch of sugar to his recipe.


Turkey and Buttermilk Dumplings ~ Fluffy buttermilk dumplings in a rich, creamy broth made fragrant by carrots, celery, leeks, mushrooms, herbs, and leftover turkey ~ The Complete SavoristTurkey and Buttermilk Dumplings ~ Fluffy buttermilk dumplings in a rich, creamy broth made fragrant by carrots, celery, leeks, mushrooms, herbs, and leftover turkey ~ The Complete SavoristTurkey and Buttermilk Dumplings ~ Fluffy buttermilk dumplings in a rich, creamy broth made fragrant by carrots, celery, leeks, mushrooms, herbs, and leftover turkey ~ The Complete Savorist

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Derek @ Dad With A Pan
    December 4, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Great way to get rid of all the freaking turkey left in my fridge! perfect too for this “cold” so cal weather too! lol

  • Reply
    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    December 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Thanksgiving actually IS my favorite food holiday – I look forward to it all year long! 😉 Let me tell you, I would also look forward to this dish – that’s pure comfort food right there. Now I want to make more turkey just so I’ll have leftovers.

    • Reply
      Michelle De La Cerda
      December 5, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      I hear ya, I am going to make another turkey. It’s too good to just eat once a year.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    December 5, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Oh goodness me this sounds like the ultimate comfort food! Pass us a plateful, will you? 🙂

  • Reply
    Amy Stafford
    December 5, 2015 at 6:09 am

    Thanksgiving is the best food holiday! This dish I would be looking forward to it too! Those dumplings look perfect perched ontop of all that warm savory goodness.

  • Reply
    Serene @ House of Yumm
    December 5, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I am a sucker for dumplings! And these look like the perfect comfort food!

  • Reply
    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily
    December 5, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    This looks incredible!!! Saving, sharing & DROOLING!

  • Reply
    Julie @ Texan New Yorker
    December 5, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    What a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving!

  • Reply
    Kathy Hester
    December 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Dumplings are my favorite way to dress up leftovers. Yours look great!

  • Reply
    Susan | LunaCafe
    December 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    This looks soooo delicious. I adore dumplings. Now I just have to score some leftover turkey. 🙂

  • Reply
    Katie @ Recipe for Perfection
    December 6, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Those dumplings… wow, what can I say? I just ate, and now I’m hungry again. 🙂

  • Reply
    Des @ Life's Ambrosia
    December 6, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    What a great comforting meal!

  • Reply
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious
    December 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I haven’t had dumplings in 100 years and after looking at your recipe, I want them NOW!

  • Reply
    Sherri @ Watch Learn Eat
    December 7, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I absolutely loooove dumplings! This dish looks amazing! Great way to use up leftover turkey. I also really love the addition of the mushrooms! Yum! Delicious 🙂

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