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Turkey a la King is a post-Thanksgiving, turkey leftovers favorite in our house!

Recipe: Turkey a la King

Bruce Bradley
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American


  • 8 tablespoons butter we recommend pastured, grass-fed butter
  • 13 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
  • cups milk we recommend pastured, grass-fed
  • cups stock chicken, turkey, or vegetable
  • 4 cups turkey cubed
  • 1/2 thyme finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary finely minced
  • 1 + cup chopped carrots
  • 1 + cup peas
  • 1 teaspoon sherry optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 12 whole wheat toast cups see below, toast points, biscuits, yeast rolls, or puff pastry shells


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms sliced (about 1 2/3 cups)
  • ¾ cup onion diced finely


  • Melt butter in 6-quart pan over medium low heat.
  • To form the roux stir in flour until it forms a paste. Keep cooking the flour/butter combination until it turns a bit golden (about 3-5 minutes). Basically you’re cooking the flour slightly.
  • Gradually add in the milk whisking it in about ½ cup at a time. Once each addition of milk is incorporated thoroughly and not lumpy, it’s time to add the next. This series of additions will gradually turn the flour / butter paste into a creamy sauce.
  • Add the stock ½ cup at a time to the cream sauce letting the sauce thicken between additions.
  • Once all the stock has been added, add the herbs and let simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the cubed turkey, carrots, and peas.
  • Season with sherry (optional), salt, and pepper.
  • Cook until the Turkey a la King is warmed throughout and the vegetables are lightly cooked.
  • Serve the Turkey a la King over toast cups or one of the other bread choices.
  • Enjoy!


We recommend using organic ingredients when possible.
If you’re going for super quick preparation buy a bag of frozen peas and carrots.
To achieve my goal of more than 50% veggies in any given meal I like to add onions and mushrooms to our Turkey a la King. The bonus is these also add more flavor! However, since it does requires an extra pan and a little more chopping, I’m listing it as optional in this recipe. If you choose to include them, sauté the onions in 3 tablespoons of olive oil over low heat and cover. In 10 minutes add the onions and sauté for another 5 minutes or until translucent. Set aside and add into the Turkey a la King with the other vegetables.
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