Turkey Dumpling Stew

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 50 min
  • Cook: 4 hr
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
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Ingredients

1 leftover roasted turkey carcass, plus 3 to 4 cups shredded turkey meat

1 onion, quartered

2 stalks celery, quartered crosswise (save the leaves for the Dumplings)

1 pound carrots (3 quartered crosswise; the rest thinly sliced)

1 bay leaf

3 sprigs parsley

3 sprigs thyme

Dumpling Dough, recipe follows

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 shallots, minced

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 pound parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

Chopped fresh chives, for topping

Dumplings:

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

3/4 cup minced mixed fresh herbs and celery leaves

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper

6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 1/2 cups cold buttermilk

Directions

  1. Make the stock: Pull the turkey carcass apart into smaller pieces; set the meat aside. Put the bones in a large, deep pot and add cold water to cover, 4 to 5 quarts. Add the onion, celery, the 3 quartered carrots and the bay leaf. Tie the parsley and thyme together with twine and add to the pot, then cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Uncover, reduce the heat to medium low and cook 3 to 4 hours. Remove the bones and vegetables with a skimmer and discard, then strain the stock though a fine-mesh strainer. Return the stock to the pot and simmer over medium-high heat until reduced by half, 30 to 40 minutes (you'll have about 8 cups stock).
  2. About 45 minutes before serving, prepare the Dumplings. Keep covered with plastic wrap while you make the stew.
  3. Make the stew: Melt the butter in a large, wide pot over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Gradually add the stock, stirring, and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Add the sliced carrots and parsnips, cover and cook 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the turkey meat, lemon juice and green beans. Add the Dumplings in a single layer (leave as squares or pat into rounds). Cover and simmer until the Dumplings are cooked through, about 20 minutes. Ladle into bowls; top with chives.

Dumplings:

  1. Whisk the flour, herb mixture, baking powder, baking soda, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until sandy. Stir in the buttermilk.
  2. Turn out onto a floured piece of parchment paper. Pat into a 3/4-inch-thick rectangle.
  3. Cut the dough into rough 2-inch squares with a large knife. Cover with plastic wrap.
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