I hope you had a wonderful celebration on Thanksgiving. We had a big family gathering at my parent’s home and we had TONS of food. My husband brought home not one, but two free turkeys from work this year. So even with all those people there were plenty of leftovers. What to do with all that turkey?
First I made a casserole, but there was still turkey lingering in the fridge, unloved and lonely. We can’t have that, now, can we? Enter a knockoff Olive Garden recipe with turkey subbing in for their chicken.
- 4 tbs butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 4 stalks celery, diced
- 2-3 carrots, shredded
- 4 tbs flour
- 6 cubes chicken boullon
- 3 c water
- 3 c milk
- 1 to 2 cups turkey
- one lb potato gnocchi
- Melt butter in large pot and stir in onion and celery. Cook until softened.
- Meanwhile, heat water and bouillon cubes until cubes are completely dissolved
- In small bowl, whisk together flour and a small amount of the bouillon water mixture until smooth. Add mixture to onions, celery and butter.
- Stir in milk and remainder of broth
- Stir in turkey, carrots and uncooked gnocchi.
- Add seasonings to taste ( Mine didn’t need anything but a few shakes of garlic powder)
- Simmer until stew thickens to desired consistency
This stew was great. My littlest girl didn’t like the texture of the gnocchi, but the stew itself she declared “better than the cheese soup”. Since my broccoli and cheese soup has been at the top of her love list forever, that’s high praise.
Enjoy this transition into winter, with it’s cozy comfort food, holiday decorating, and family gatherings. See you soon!