Resplendent Reinvention: Transforming Leftover Turkey into a Scrumptious Stew

Leftover turkey, a treasure trove of flavors waiting to be reimagined. There’s something magical about transforming those remnants from a festive feast into a sumptuous, heartwarming stew. It’s a culinary dance, a symphony of aromas, starting with a sizzle of olive oil that beckons diced onions, carrots, and celery to join in the pan’s harmony. The chorus of minced garlic soon follows, infusing the air with its familiar fragrance.


Seasonings—dried oregano, basil, a hint of chili pepper flakes, salt, and pepper—become the conductors orchestrating the symphony of tastes. Then, the star of the show emerges: the diced leftover turkey, a blend of tender memories from the celebratory table.

A touch of flour acts as the thickening agent, binding the elements together in a tantalizing union. Potatoes, peeled and cubed, join the ensemble, soaking up the essence of the simmering turkey stock, a perfect stand-in for the rich flavors of homemade broth.

As the stew gently bubbles, transforming and melding, a crescendo approaches—the velvety texture of whipping cream to add luxurious depth. And just when you think the masterpiece is complete, in comes a vibrant splash of color and nutrients: chopped spinach, wilting gracefully into the amalgamation.

This isn’t just a stew; it’s an ode to resourcefulness, a tribute to the art of reinvention. With each spoonful, it whispers tales of gatherings past while embracing the promise of new culinary adventures. Leftover turkey—a catalyst for creativity, a gateway to comfort, and a vessel for reinvention in the realm of the kitchen.

A very generous thank you to  Turkey Farmers of Nova Scotia for sponsoring this recipe. It is an honour to work with brands that align with our values and make it possible for us to share these recipes with you.

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Turkey Stew

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  • Author: The Kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 4


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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb leftover turkey meat, diced
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 lb potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 4 cups turkey stock ( substitute chicken stock)
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped


  1. heat the oil in a large pot, add the onion, carrot and celery, saute until the vegetables begin ot soften.
  2. Add the garlic and the seasonings and saute for another minute.
  3. Add the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the tukey , potatoes, and stock, bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.
  5. Add the cream and spinach and simmer until the spinach wilts and the cream is hot.
  • Category: entrees, turkey. soups and stews, turkey, one pot, recipes