Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Leftover Turkey in a creamy mushroom sauce is the best way to use up leftover turkey meat. The mushroom gravy makes the turkey meat so tender and juicy all over again and it’s especially good served over creamy mashed potatoes.
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What to do with Leftover Turkey:
It is impressive how much leftover turkey meat you can rescue from your Thanksgiving turkey even after you think there’s nothing left. We plucked away at my Mom’s turkey last year and got about 8 cups of turkey meat (this was after about 12 people ate it!). Focus on the underside – this is usually the side that sits in all the turkey juices and much of it is dark meat which is so tender and tasty.
I made a big batch of this leftover turkey in gravy for my sister’s house for lunch and all of my siblings, their husbands and their kiddos all loved it! It was a big win across the board and they went on and on about how great the turkey gravy tasted. We’ve served it over leftover mashed potatoes.
PIN this recipe for after Thanksgiving!
If you were lucky enough to have leftover gravy from your Thanksgiving dinner, here’s a secret trick – just combine the leftover gravy with the shredded turkey and it will be scrumptious!
Ingredients for Leftover Turkey in Gravy:
The ingredients are so simple – mostly pantry staples: chicken broth, mushrooms, butter, onion, and flour.
- Use white or brown mushrooms
- For gluten-free: substitute with a “cup-for-cup” GF flour
Can I Substitute with Chicken?
You can still make this recipe long-after Thanksgiving is over by using chicken. This is a great way to re-purpose leftover or even fresh rotisserie chicken and you can use both white and dark meat.
If you wish to cook a turkey to make this turkey gravy, here is our favorite turkey recipe.
How to Make Turkey in Gravy:
1. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat with 2 Tbsp olive oil. Saute diced onions until golden (4-5 min). Add mushrooms saute until soft and golden (5-7 min), stirring often. Remove mushrooms and onions from pan.
2. In the same hot pan, melt 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, then whisk in 3 Tbsp flour, whisking constantly until roux is golden brown (1 1/2 to 2 min), then whisk in 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and season to taste (about 1/2 tsp sea salt and a pinch of pepper).
3. Add mushrooms/onions back to the pan. Stir in turkey and heat until turkey is just heated through. Garnish with finely chopped parsley if desired.
This is one of those leftover turkey recipes that does not taste like leftovers. There’s nothing worse than reheated poultry but this recipe is even more flavorful and juicier than fresh turkey.
More Leftover Turkey Recipes:
Whether you have leftover turkey breast or leftover dark meat, these leftover turkey recipes are our favorite ways to bring those leftovers back to life (without tasting like leftovers).
- Turkey Noodle Soup – easy twist on the classic
- Chicken Tetrazzini – make it Turkey Tetrazzini
- Chicken Avocado Salad (sub with turkey)
- (Turkey) Bacon Avocado Sandwich
Leftover Turkey in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb mushrooms sliced
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 4 Tbsp unsalted Butter
- 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour gluten free flour works well too
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
- 4-6 Cups leftover turkey meat torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper or to taste
- 1 Tbsp Parsley to garnish optional
Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp olive oil and diced onions and sauté until soft and golden (4-5 minutes, stirring frequently). Add mushrooms to the pan and sauté until soft and golden (5-7 min, stirring frequently). Remove mushrooms and onions from pan.
In the same hot pan (no need to wash it), add 4 Tbsp unsalted butter. Once melted, whisk in 3 Tbsp flour. Cook, whisking continually until roux is a golden brown (1 1/2 to 2 min) then whisk in 2 cups chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and season to taste (I added 1/2 tsp sea salt and a pinch of black pepper).
Add add mushrooms/onions back to the pan. Stir in turkey and heat until turkey is just heated through. Garnish with finely chopped parsley if desired.
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