A very quick and creamy turkey fricassee, a leftover turkey recipe.
This quick fricassee with leftover turkey recipe is one of my favorite ways of using either leftover turkey or leftover chicken. Or chicken/turkey meat left over when making chicken stock. It is fast, it is always delicious and comforting and I can be sure to make my husband very happy with it, it is one of his favorite meals.
LEFTOVER TURKEY RECIPE
Children food, actually. I always say that my husband’s favorite dishes are what I would normally describe as children food. He likes most anything, I cannot really complain there, but if he was to make a list of all his favorite foods, I think about 80% of them would be typical food that children enjoy very much, things like this turkey fricassee (or chicken) , noodle casserole, chicken soup, pizza, sausages with potatoes and so on. 🙂
Chicken fricassee used to be my favorite meal as a child as well. I remember distinctly that there used to be a time when I would asked my grandmother to make it all the time. She was not a big fan, but still she made it for me, always with polenta, so that she could eat the polenta while I would the fricassee… with bread…
The traditional way to serve chicken or turkey fricassee in Romania is with polenta, but for some strange reason, I have never enjoyed that combination. I absolutely love polenta or mamaliga, I think it is obvious to see that on the blog as well, I have lots of polenta recipes, but not necessarily with fricassee. So I have adopted the German way of eating turkey or chicken fricassee and that is alongside rice.
INGREDIENTS FOR LEFTOVER TURKEY FRICASSEE
There are a few other changes I have made to my grandmother’s typical fricassee. First of all the above mentioned transition from polenta to rice.
- I almost always make turkey fricassee with turkey leftovers. When I make chicken fricassee I might need to cook a chicken or a few chicken legs occasionally, but when it comes to turkey fricassee, there are always the leftovers.
- Either from cooking turkey legs in the oven or from oven roasted turkey breast. Or from making turkey bone broth with one bones, a huge wing or maybe the neck of the bird.
- To use the cooked turkey leftovers for the fricassee all I have to do is to cut or tear the meat into smaller pieces and then add them to the almost finished dish.
- Then I also put quite a few mushrooms in my fricassee, the ratio of meat and mushrooms in my turkey fricassee is about 1:1. My mother-in-law always makes her chicken fricassee with canned mushrooms and it was my husband’s wish for me to add the mushrooms.
- I prefer fresh mushrooms, which I fry lightly in a bit of butter before adding them to the dish.
And another change is that I like to enrich the sauce with a bit of heavy cream, not much, just enough to give the dish the final touch making it really smooth, creamy and delicious. A sacrilege in my grandma’s eyes I suppose, she used to say that people who put milk or cream in their savory dishes are mad and have no idea of cooking…
HOW TO MAKE TURKEY FRICASSEE?
Turkey fricassee from scratch:
If you do not have any chicken or turkey leftover, feel free to make this with poultry leftover when making stock or start from scratch.
- Cook either 2 – 3 chicken legs/ 1-2 turkey drumsticks or about 450 g/ 1 pound chicken/turkey breast in about 800 ml/ 3 1/3 cups of water with some onion, 1 or 2 carrots, a piece of celeriac, bay leaves, salt and whole peppercorns. When the meat is tender, strain and keep the liquid for making the white sauce. Proceed with the recipe as described bellow.
- The only thing to keep in mind when starting from scratch is that your cooking liquid will need more seasoning than when using chicken or turkey stock to make the fricassee. The stock is normally cooked for a much longer time, so it develops more flavor than the liquid used to quickly cook the turkey or the chicken.
- So play with the spices here and be generous. If the cooking liquid doesn’t have enough flavor, you should consider adding one or two chicken stock cubes, I prefer an organic brand, but do use your favorite kind.
Turkey fricassee with leftover turkey:
- Cut it or tear the leftover turkey into bite-sized pieces. Halve or quarter the mushrooms, depending on their size.
- To make the sauce melt the 50 g/ 3 ½ tablespoons butter in a saucepan large enough to hold everything at the end of the cooking process. Add the flour and stir well for a couple of minutes, until the flour turns slightly golden. Slowly start adding the stock while whisking all the time, so that there will be no clumps in the sauce.
- Cook the sauce uncovered until thickened, about 10-15 minutes. When the sauce has thickened, add the cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Be generous with the spices.
- While the sauce cooks, cook the mushrooms in 1 teaspoon butter in a large pan for about 3-5 minutes or until golden and set aside.
- Add the fried mushrooms and the leftover turkey to the sauce and stir well.
- Let everything get hot, season again if necessary, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with rice.
MORE DISHES USING LEFTOVER TURKEY
- about 300 – 400 g / 10 – 14 oz cooked turkey (See note 1)
- 50 g/ 1.8 oz/ 3 ½ tablespoons butter for the sauce
- 50 g/ 1.8 oz/ 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 800 ml/ 27 fl.oz/ 3 1/3 cups good quality turkey or chicken stock
- about 300 – 400 g / 10 – 14 oz mushrooms
- 1 teaspoon butter for the mushrooms
- 1 organic chicken stock cube, optional (See note 2)
- 75 ml/ 2.5 fl.oz/ 1/3 cup heavy cream
- a few gratings of nutmeg
- fine sea salt and pepper
- some parsley
- Read the blog post if you don't have turkey or chicken leftovers and are making the fricassee with fresh turkey or chicken. You will need the above-mentioned chicken stock cube in this case.
- If using leftover meat, cut it or tear it into bite-sized pieces. Halve or quarter the mushrooms, depending on their size.
- To make the sauce melt the 50 g/ 3 ½ tablespoons butter in a saucepan large enough to hold everything at the end of the cooking process.
- Add the flour and stir well for a couple of minutes, until the flour turns slightly golden.
- Slowly start adding the stock while whisking all the time, so that there will be no clumps in the sauce.
- Cook the sauce uncovered until thickened, about 10-15 minutes.
- In the meantime cook the mushrooms. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a large pan. Fry the mushrooms until golden, about 3-5 minutes and set aside.
- When the sauce has thickened, add the cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Be generous with the spices.
- Add the fried mushrooms and the turkey pieces to the sauce and stir well. Let everything get hot, season again if necessary, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with rice.
- I used dark meat, but white meat is fine as well.
- Only if using poaching liquid and not stock to make the sauce.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of the dish
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 507 Total Fat: 29g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 169mg Sodium: 1026mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 6g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 38g