Turkey Stew for #SundaySupper

by Renee on January 5, 2014

Turkey Stew | Magnolia Days

Father Time is relentless. He keeps churning out the seconds at a steady pace. Days quickly pass no matter how much you ask him for a break. You search for a way to get more in each day. Hurry! Hurry! Scurry! Scurry! The speed can become tiresome and soon there is a necessity to slow it down. The slowness of crockpot cooking combines and softens ingredients for enhanced flavor. The same goes for slowing down as it enhances your day by combining relaxing comfort with cherished moments. Relishing a wonderful slower-paced day can be done while enjoying a bowl of slow cooker turkey stew.

A crockpot is a handy appliance to own. The majority of the time all you need to do is put ingredients in it, turn it on, and go. You come back hours later to find a finished dish ready to serve. Do you want fall apart tender beef or pork? Cook it in a crockpot (a.k.a. slow cooker). Soups and stews are a breeze to make in one. I slowly brought in the New Year with a turkey stew using mine. It’s a light stew with a thin broth and packed with vegetables. Carrots, onions, potatoes, rutabagas, and green beans simmer all day with turkey, garlic, and fresh herbs.

Turkey Stew | Magnolia Days

I’m not the only one slowly bringing in the New Year. My fellow Sunday Supper contributors are doing the same. We are sharing slow cooker recipes for you to make throughout the year. Our event is being hosted by Cindy of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings. Scroll down to see the lineup and links to each of them.

Do you battle with Father Time? Or accept the passing moments and try to make the best of them? I realized long ago that battling time is a complete waste of effort. Now I focus my efforts on cherishing time with my family and friends, cooking good meals, and enjoying both at the family table. I brought in the New Year with slow cooker turkey stew and made Crockpot Barbeque Pork Sandwiches soon after. What’s next? Stay tuned…

Turkey Stew

8 hours, 20 minutes

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Turkey Stew

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound turkey tenderloins cut into 1-inch chunks*
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 5 petit red potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 rutabagas peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Notes

*Remove silver skin and tendon from the turkey tenderloins before cutting into chunks.

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Are you looking for slow cooker recipes? Here are ones by Sunday Supper contributors for the “Slowly Bringing in the New Year” event:

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Sarah Toasty January 5, 2014 at 2:09 am

Every time I see recipes like this, i.e. amazing looking and amazingly simple I think I need a crock pot… And then I remember I have no space left, ahhh city living. Lovely addition to the party!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Oh the joys of big city small space living. Perhaps you can find an inventive place to store it and get one soon.

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Cindys Recipes and Writings January 5, 2014 at 2:14 am

I bet I could bribe Father Time to give me some extra time with a bowl of your Turkey Stew, Renee!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Give that bribe a try Cindy because more time with a bowl of this stew is worth it.

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The Ninja Baker January 5, 2014 at 3:25 am

Time is indeed precious, Renee. And your turkey stew does seem to be a cheery solution to spending a few more minutes with cherished family and friends….Happy New Year dear Renee =)

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Thanks a bunch Kim and Happy New Year to you too! xoxo

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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom January 5, 2014 at 6:48 am

Love the message to cherish time and I will think of that always when I use the slow cooker. :) Your recipe looks delicious!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Thanks Marjory and it’s fun to use the slow cooker as inspiration to slow down and enjoy the moments of life.

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Liz January 5, 2014 at 7:37 am

I rarely buy turkey except at Thanksgiving, but you’ve convinced me to add some tenders to my shopping list. We’re in dire need of comfort food…and your stew looks perfect!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Oh Liz, you must buy turkey other than at Thanksgiving. I know you will come up with splendid recipes for it.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes January 5, 2014 at 7:59 am

Slow cooked pork was one of the best revelations of my culinary life. And stew is my single favorite dish to make in winter, any kind, I like them all! Except fishy ones. Gorgeous turkey idea Renee! Will wait until the temp goes down a bit though, lol! It’s 95º here today…

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I’ve never tried making a fish stew in a slow-cooker. I think there is the potential for it to over-cook and fall apart too much. Mushy fish is not a good thing.

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Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) January 5, 2014 at 8:02 am

Great looking soup for a crockpot meal. Saving this one. And love your message about time. I live in a community where people are always running around like their hair is on fire. Some days I want to get out of my car and scream “slow down”! :)

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Well, if you get out of your car and scream slow down maybe one or two will pay attention. Then those with their hair on fire will look at you like you are crazy. Just ignore them and make the effort to slow yourself down.

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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef January 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

I have made myself a promise to pencil into my diary time for ME this year. Time to read, time to reflect and time to play in the kitchen just for fun.

I love using my crockpot and will really enjoy this turkey stew. I froze half of our Christmas turkey so I’m halfway there.

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Me time is always good to have. I think it helps to clear the mind. Great goals you have for this year Maureen.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 5, 2014 at 8:46 am

I never thought of turkey in the Crock-Pot! What a great idea! It must turn out so tender! Perfect recipe!!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Turkey does turn out tender in the crockpot. Just think of it as a chicken alternative.

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen January 5, 2014 at 9:06 am

What a lovely recipe, Renee! I agree, fighting father time is a losing battle and I’m right there with you when you talk about focusing your efforts on cherishing time with family and friends and of course cooking good food in the kitchen! What could be better than that?

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Nothing could be better than that Renee. Thanks so much for your kind words.

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Susan January 5, 2014 at 9:06 am

A great message Renee and I’ll cherish time by slowly enjoying your turkey stew. Looks hearty and warming.

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Thanks Susan and for it being a light stew it sure is filling and hearty.

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Cheryl January 5, 2014 at 10:26 am

This recipe looks scrumptious! I have some turkey I need to use, and this might just be how I use it! Thanks for sharing! HUGS!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:25 pm

You are welcome and hugs to you Cheryl.

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Julie @ Texan New Yorker January 5, 2014 at 10:53 am

I bet this would work with leftover Thanksgiving turkey too. Looks great! Thanks for posting!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:25 pm

IF it is cooked turkey then I would wait to add it to the end of the cooking process.

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons January 5, 2014 at 11:37 am

I agree – Father Time is a stubborn old man, isn’t he? My slow cooker definitely helps me out on busy days. Love the rutabaga you added to this stew – I’m sure it adds a nice little counterpoint to the potatoes.

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Yes, when I saw the rutabagas in the store I had to add them to the stew. They do go nicely with the potatoes.

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Shaina January 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I agree…a slow cooker is definitely a handy appliance to own. I think everyone should have one!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

I’m almost to the point of getting a second bigger one with more features just to play with it. However, I do very much enjoy my old cheap and simple model.

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Wendy (TheWeekend Gourmet) January 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm

This looks so good…and stews are a great way to get veggie haters to gladly eat them b/c they infuse with such great flavor!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:23 pm

So true about it being a great way to get veggie haters to eat the good stuff.

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Courtney @ Neighborfood January 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I guess you could say I battle Father Time because I seem to be perpetually late. But I’m with you when it comes to accepting the time we have and just enjoying it instead of worrying about how quickly it seems to fly by. This stew looks wonderfully warm and cozy!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:22 pm

My upbringing prevents me from being late (or suffer a major anxiety attack). I battle time with trying to fit too much into a day and then see it just can’t be done.

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Constance Smith (@FoodieArmyWife) January 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Yum! I love that you used rutabagas! You don’t see those much in recipes.

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Very true, it’s not often to run across rutabagas in recipes these days.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips January 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I love this, Renee! I never think to cook with turkey tenderloins.

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I cook with turkey tenderloins probably as often as most people cook with boneless chicken. I like it so much more than chicken.

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Family Foodie January 5, 2014 at 8:03 pm

This looks amazing, Renee! I love my crockpot, especially during the busy weeks in our house. Turkey stew would be great on a chilly day!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:20 pm

I would imagine a crockpot does help you with your big family and busy times.

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Betsy @ Desserts Required January 5, 2014 at 10:42 pm

What a nutritious and delicious way to start the New Year!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Thanks Betsy and it is very nutritious. It’s very light for a stew and so good with all the veggies.

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Tammy Northrup January 5, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Wow this looks delicious! Soups and stews are a big favorite here. I can’t wait to try yours. I love the bowl too by the way! Beautiful picture.

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Thanks a bunch Tammy. I believe I got the bowl at either HomeGoods or Marshalls.

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Hezzi-D January 6, 2014 at 6:52 am

This looks so good! I love stews, especially this this crazy cold weather!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Very cold weather makes me crave stews more than soup for some reason. Perhaps it is because of them being more hearty.

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious January 6, 2014 at 10:53 am

I don’t think I have ever bought turkey tenderloins. Thank you for the inspiration!

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Renee January 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

I buy turkey tenderloins all throughout the year. I cook them many ways including grilling.

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Tara January 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Crockpots are wonderful and your stew looks fabulous!!!

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Renee January 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm

I totally agree Tara, crockpots are wonderful!

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Stacy January 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm

What a beautiful stew, Renee! I don’t think you could cram any more wonderful vegetables in there if you tried. This is just the thing on a cold winter night after weeks of indulgence!

I was so sorry to miss this event because I didn’t have a crock pot in our rented house but I’m home now and will be making your lovely stew soon.

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Renee January 8, 2014 at 2:45 pm

We missed you in the event too Stacy. At least you are back home and can join in the next one.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere January 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm

I love the rutabaga and green beans. Those are two ingredients I’d like to use more often. This sounds like a delicious stew.

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Renee January 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Thanks Sarah. Rutabagas are something I didn’t care for as a kid but now enjoy them very much. I’ve always loved green beans.

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