Turkey Potluck

Linda Kauppinen


The other night, I was low on groceries and was thinking of something to make for dinner. I make a habit of taking left over turkey bones with meat still on them (chicken and pork bones too) and I freeze them to make soup later on.
I had a nice smoked turkey with about 1/4 of the turkey meat left on it, so I pulled it out of the freezer and went to town.
It turned out great, with a wonderful bold flavor!

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4 to 6 servings
20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 1
    whole turkey bone carcas with meat
  • 4-6 c
  • 1 large
    onion, diced
  • 1 c
    celery, diced
  • 1/2 c
    combination of red, orange and yellow peppers (i use the mini ones)
  • 1-2 c
    cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium
    carrots, sliced thick
  • 2 medium
    potatoes, diced
  • 6 medium
    tomatoes, diced
  • 4 sprig(s)
    parsley, minced
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 5 large
    fresh sweet basil leaves, minced
  • 3 medium
    bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    spice islands, bouquet garni spice, rubbed
  • pinch
    of additional sage
  • pinch
    of additional dill weed
  • 2 tsp
  • ·
    salt to taste
  • 3 - 4 Tbsp
    arrowroot starch or corn starch
  • ·

How to Make Turkey Potluck


  1. In a large stock pot place your turkey carcass, add your water and all the ingredients EXCEPT arrowroot/cornstarch.
  2. Bring to a boil.
    lower temperature of stove to simmer.
    Allow to simmer for at least 1 hour (this is a guesstimate on my part).
  3. When broth is ready, remove carcass from the pot, be sure to remove all the bones. Set aside and allow to cool a bit.
    While carcass is cooling prepare biscuits
  4. Prepare your favorite biscuit mixture and get biscuits ready for the oven to bake during the final cooking phase.
    Now that your biscuits are made and ready to be popped in the oven, Take any meat remaining off the carcass. You can pull it off the bones, shred and put back into the pot.
  5. Put your biscuits in the oven while you thicken your broth.
    Put your arrowroot powder or cornstarch into a coffee mug, fill 3/4 with water, stir till all is dissolved. Take broth off the heat and pour into the pot a little at a time. Stirring till it is all thickened. Put back on the heat until it completely thickens to a thick gravy consistency.
  6. Serve this scooped over fresh biscuits or you could even serve over egg noodles if you choose. I tend to think that the biscuits would be the best!

    I wish I thought to take a picture of this when I made it!!!

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About Turkey Potluck

Course/Dish: Turkey, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Diabetic, Low Fat, Low Sodium
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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