Recipe: Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Stew

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 | No Comments

The dilemma of what to do with all that leftover Thanksgiving turkey has stumped Americans for ages. The most common route is to make turkey-cranberry sandwiches – which is satisfying for a day or two, but gets pretty old quickly.

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Lucky for us, our very own Curator of Style, Bonnie (see right-hand column) has a delicious Thanksgiving Turkey Stew recipe. “It’s so easy to make, and is especially delicious when you serve it with a baguette to soak up the juices!” she says.

For a wine pairing, she recommends a 2008 Donum West Slope Pinot Noir from the Carneros Region of Northern California.

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Stew


1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped carrot
4 tbsp. garlic – minced
2 tsp. chili powder
3 cups leftover turkey – shredded
4 cups fat-free, less sodium chicken or turkey broth
1 cup tomato sauce or puree
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1 15.5-ounce can hominy or white beans


  1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Finely chop chile. Put the chile & the next 5 ingredients in a frying pan. Saute 5 mins or so – until tender.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  4. Cover and cook 45 mins. or until slightly thick.
  5. Top with cilantro, shredded cheese & sour cream to serve. Enjoy!


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