leftover essentials: turkey ala king

a recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

This is my version of leftover turkey ala king, it has many of the usual suspects (ingredients wise), and a few other bits I added to kick it up a bit. I have included some additional items (veggies and such) that you can use to vary it up a bit. Easy/Peasy to make, ready in about 30 minutes, and tastes great. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves 4
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For leftover essentials: turkey ala king

  • PLAN/PURCHASE
  • 1 c
    leftover turkey, chopped
  • THE BASE SAUCE
  • 6 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 3 Tbsp
    flour all-purpose variety
  • 2 c
    turkey or chicken stock, not broth
  • 6 - 8 oz
    sliced mushrooms, about 2 cups
  • 1/2 md
    yellow onion, diced
  • 2 - 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • 1 c
    peas, frozen variety, defrosted
  • 2 Tbsp
    dry sherry
  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • white pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • ADDITIONAL ITEMS (JUST A FEW IDEAS)
  • carrots, diced
  • celery, diced
  • bell pepper, diced
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • frank’s hot sauce
  • cayenne pepper
  • lemon juice

How To Make leftover essentials: turkey ala king

  • 1
    PREP/PREPARE
  • 2
    What will you need? You can pull this recipe off a medium-sized pot, or a high-walled skillet.
  • 3
    What is it? Ala King is a creamy, tasty sauce, made from easy-to-find pantry ingredients. I find it best served with chicken, turkey, or even fish; however, it does not work well with red meat (pork, beef, veal).
  • 4
    What to serve with it? Turkey ala king goes great over toast or nice freshly baked biscuits. In addition, it goes well served over steamed rice, noodles, or even a nice plate of mashed taters.
  • 5
    Variations Typically, this sauce is mixed with some turkey or chicken; however, you could make the sauce by itself (no turkey or chicken) and pour that sauce over some sautéed or breaded chicken. Or, even as a dipping sauce for chicken tenders. In addition, you can make the recipe as written but place it into a pastry crust, top with more crust and make an awesome turkey pot pie.
  • 6
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 7
    Chop up your leftover turkey and reserve.
  • 8
    Prep all of the veggies you plan on putting into the ala king.
  • 9
    Add 2 tablespoons of butter to a pot or skillet over medium heat. After the butter melts, add your veggies and sauté until softened.
  • 10
    You have a choice of several different veggies, I chose onions, garlic, peas, mushrooms, and diced carrots. Since there is not a lot of cooking time on this recipe, you want the veggies to be cooked and softened.
  • 11
    Remove the cooked veggies from the pan/pot and reserve.
  • 12
    There is no need to clean out the pot/pan before the next step.
  • 13
    Make a roux by placing the remaining butter (4 tablespoons) into your cooking pot/pan over medium heat.
  • 14
    After it melts and the foaming subsides, add the flour. Continuously whisk until the roux takes on the color of straw, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  • 15
    Add about a cup of the stock and whisk to combine.
  • 16
    When it begins to simmer, slowly add the remainder of the stock.
  • 17
    Simmer for a few minutes and allow it to thicken.
  • 18
    Add the cream and stir to combine.
  • 19
    Add the reserved veggies and turkey.
  • 20
    Add the sherry, then season with a bit of salt and pepper (or other spices), to taste.
  • 21
    Allow to lightly simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • 22
    PLATE/PRESENT
  • So Yummy
    23
    Lots of ways to serve this, have fun. Enjoy.
  • Stud Muffin
    24
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
  • 25
    Namasté

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