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Turkey and Dumplings (Serves 6)

Daddy just can’t get enough turkey. We didn’t have the usual Thanksgiving leftover binge since we were visiting family for the holiday, so Daddy decided we needed to cook another turkey just for us. Even a small turkey is a lot for a family of three, so there are a lot of leftovers. One of our favorite ways to use them up is crockpot turkey soup with dumplings.
This recipe is Henry-approved.
For this recipe, you will definitely want to use dark meat. While white meat is great for turkey sandwiches, thighs and drumsticks make a fuller and more flavorful soup. 

Soup Ingredients
2 cups cooked turkey meat, roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces
½ yellow onion
10-15 fingerling potatoes (or 3 large potatoes)
3 large carrots
2 cloves garlic
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon celery salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup frozen peas.
Turkey soup in the crockpot.
Dumpling Ingredients
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
1 egg
These dumplings are ready to eat.
Peel onion. Scrub potatoes and carrots. Cut vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Mince or press garlic cloves.

Place turkey, onion, potatoes, carrots and garlic in 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, thyme, paprika, celery salt and pepper. Pour broth over the top to cover the other ingredients.

Place the lid on the slow cooker. Cook on low 4-6 hours, or until potatoes and carrots are tender.

About thirty minutes before you are ready to eat, add the frozen peas to the soup. Turn the crockpot up to high heat and cover.

Meanwhile, prepare the dumplings by mix baking powder, thyme, flour and salt in a small mixing bowl. In cup, beat milk and egg together with a fork. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture just until blended.

Drop dumpling mixture by tablespoons into crockpot to make 10-12 dumplings. Cover crockpot and cook on high heat for about 20 minutes. The dumplings will plump slightly as they cook.

Serve warm in large bowls, making sure everyone gets at least one dumpling.
A bowl full of Turkey and Dumplings.
How your kids can help

  • 1-year old: Using a small kitchen sponge to help wipe the counter before and after food prep.
  • 2-year old: Pouring the frozen peas into the crockpot.
  • 3-year old: Placing the onions, potatoes and carrots in the crockpot.
  • 4-year old: Pouring the broth over the ingredients in the crockpot.
  • 5-year old: Spooning the dumpling mixture into the crockpot.


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