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Turkey and Dumplings Soup

Hearty turkey and vegetable soup with fluffy buttermilk dumplings cooked right on top. A great way to use leftover turkey! I've also included a recipe to make your own turkey broth for the soup, but you may substitute with store-bought if you prefer.
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Homemade Turkey Stock (optional):

  • Leftover turkey carcass/bones
  • 1 onion , coarsely chopped
  • 2 carrots , coarsely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery , coarsely chopped
  • 1 small bunch of herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage and parsley
  • Water


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup chopped carrots (70 grams)
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups turkey or chicken stock/broth , homemade or store-bought (1 quart, about 1 liter)
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice (see Note) (250 ml)
  • 1 ½ cups chopped potatoes (150 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 2-3 cups cooked shredded turkey (200-300 grams)
  • ½ cup milk or cream (125 ml)


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (180 grams)
  • ½ cup cornmeal (70 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 ¼ cup buttermilk (310 ml)


To make the stock:

  • Remove any excess skin and fat from the bones. Make sure to remove any turkey meat you hope to use for another purpose; any meat left on the bone will be very tough by the time the stock is done.
  • Place the turkey bones in a large stock pot and add vegetables and herbs. Add enough cold water to cover all of the bones.
  • Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 4 hours, adding more water as needed to keep the bones covered. Occasionally skim the surface of the stock with a spoon to remove any "scum" that may develop as it cooks.
  • Pour stock through a fine mesh strainer. If desired, you can further strain out impurities by passing stock through a coffee filter.
  • Pour into quart-sized containers and store in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to several months. Or use right away!

To Make the Soup:

  • In a large pot melt the butter over medium heat. Add the carrots, onion and garlic and stir until soft and onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add flour and stir until vegetables are coated.
  • Slowly pour in the turkey stock while whisking until it's all incorporated. Add the apple cider, potatoes, salt, pepper and time.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until potatoes are just starting to tenderize.
  • Stir in the turkey and milk/cream.

To Make the Dumplings:

  • While the soup is simmering, prepare the dumplings. Mix the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Add the buttermilk and stir just until no streaks of dry ingredients remain, do not over mix.
  • Drop the dumpling batter by 1/4 cupfuls on top of the soup. Try to evenly space them, but it doesn't need to be perfect.
  • Cover the pot with the lid so that there's a 1-inch opening and simmer for 15 minutes until dumplings appear dry on top and are cooked all the way through.
  • Serve soup immediately, store leftover in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Several readers have mistakenly used apple cider vinegar, do not make that mistake! Use apple cider or a high quality apple juice.
  • This recipe can also be made with chicken instead of turkey.
  • Nutrition information is an estimation.


Sodium: 800mg, Calcium: 163mg, Vitamin C: 9mg, Vitamin A: 4084IU, Sugar: 10g, Fiber: 4g, Potassium: 768mg, Cholesterol: 35mg, Calories: 326kcal, Saturated Fat: 4g, Fat: 8g, Protein: 15g, Carbohydrates: 47g, Iron: 4mg
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