Turkey Slop

Turkey Slop is shredded turkey in a homemade pan gravy ladled over creamy mashed potatoes. A lunchroom favorite turned into a cozy comfort food. This is a delicious way to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

If you went to junior or high school where I did you are keenly aware of what turkey slop is.

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It was this freakishly delicious lunch item on our schools cafeteria menu. It was the BEST… next to beef sticks, tostadas and French toast sticks. Essentially it’s shredded turkey in a savory gravy over mashed potatoes and was my husband’s FAVORITE hot lunch at school. On those days Pat would get triple lunch (yes, that’s a thing) where he would get 3 serving of turkey slop, taking up 95% of his styrofoam lunch tray.

Being the good wife I am (toot-toot!) I’ve tried over the decade plus some years we’ve been out of high school to make him turkey slop at home. Back-in-the-day I used cream of chicken soup (GROSS!) and then as the years went on and I discovered how to make a lusciously creamy pan gravy by using butter and flour and broth and milk and even though it’s not an exact replica of our cafeteria fave but it’s a fancy-not-so-fancy version. And we love it.

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I admit that it doesn’t look like much but it’s a scrumptious way to use up leftover turkey and if you have gravy go ahead and just use that, but in my family there is never leftover gravy… at least not enough to serve a family of four the next day. So making my own out of butter, onions and turkey stock is the way to go.

Shredded turkey gravy over creamy mashed potatoes with homemade dinner rolls to swipe the bowl clean with is the coziest, comfort food in all the world.


Obviously I made this before Thanksgiving and didn’t have any leftover turkey… but the good thing is that you can make this anytime of the year, by using turkey breasts or tenderloins and just poach, grill or pan cook them and simply shred it up. Although leftovers from Thanksgiving are best. You’ll need about 4 cups.


Start by melting 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat.


Once melted and the pan is heated, throw in a cup or so of finely diced yellow onion.


After about 8 to 10 minutes the onions should be tender, go on and add in 2 cloves minced fresh garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.


Add in 1-1/2 teaspoons of a good quality poultry seasoning. You can find my homemade version in my cookbook [affiliate]!


Saute for about 2 minutes to soften the herbs and bring out their delicious herbness.


Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of flour…


…stir and cook the flour for 2 minutes.


Pour in 2 cups of turkey stock (or both).


…and one cup whole milk.


Bring to a bubble and simmer until thickened.


Add in the leftover turkey…


Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Annnnnnnd that tis it!


Spoon the turkey and gravy over top of creamy mashed potatoes


Serve with buttery corn, leftover green bean casserole and homemade dinner rolls. Lots of them.

Happy Day After Thanksgiving!

Enjoy! And if you give this Turkey Slop recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Turkey Slop

Shredded turkey in a homemade pan gravy ladled over creamy mashed potatoes. A delicious way to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup finely diced yellow onion

2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1-1/2 teaspoons good quality poultry season

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups turkey stock (or broth)

1 cup whole milk

4 cups leftover shredded turkey

kosher salt and black pepper

Leftover Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Dinner Rolls


Melt butter in a 10-inch deep sided skillet over medium low. Once melted add in onions and saute until softened, about 10 minutes. Add in garlic and cook 2 minutes.

Next add in the seasoning and cook for another 2 minutes. Sprinkle in flour and cook for a minute or two before pouring in the turkey stock and whole milk. Bring to a bubble over medium heat until thickened.

Add in turkey, season with salt and pepper to taste and spoon over warm, creamy mashed potatoes.

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14 Responses to “Turkey Slop”

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    Amy L — November 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    My youngest son, who does not care for turkey, says this is the only way he would eat it, and he’d skip the potatoes.

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    Carol+at+Wild+Goose+Tea — November 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Of course I am laughing at the title. My husband used to call anything of that nature—-a mixture of stuff—-burgoo. Then I found out that really is a term. I thought he made it up. Well I love the recipe and the blog. And lastly since it was over mashed potatoes, I game!

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    Liz@Virtually Homemade — November 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Only you could make slop look so good!

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    Sarah D — November 29, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Made this for lunch today. Delish! Thanks for the recipe, all the other leftover recipes just weren’t sounding good enough to get back into the kitchen.

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    Sara B — December 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Will be making this for the 3rd time tonight! My kids absolutely love this with buttered egg noodles. And it seriously couldn’t be easier thanks to my grocery roasting Turkey breast in the store now! Sa-weet! Thanks for another keeper 🙂

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    Brenda McNamara — February 11, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I just made this for dinner. Soooo easy and delicious!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — February 12th, 2015 @ 10:06 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad! ❤️

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    Janna — June 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    My family loved this! I used a whole organic rotisserie chicken and chicken broth and it turned out great! I thought the gravy was too thin but once you add in the meat, it is very thick and filling! Made with mash potatoes and salad. My 15 month old went to town on this! She had it 3 times and finished the leftovers!

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    Leslie — January 23, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this delicious recipe. I had forgotten all about turkey slop. It was one of the few school lunches worth buying back in the day. I Made a big batch and froze most of it. We had it again for dinner today. It was every bit as good as the first time we had it.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — January 24th, 2016 @ 5:12 pm

      Oh you’re SO welcome Leslie!! I’m so happy you like it as much as I do! ❤️

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    Judith — April 25, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I had leftover turkey from Easter and made this. It was easy and delicious. My husband and three kids all enjoyed it. It was a cool evening too so it really hit the spot. Great comfort food recipe.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 1st, 2017 @ 8:04 pm

      That’s great, Judith! Thanks for coming back and leaving a note 🙂

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    Mommyof3Cs — November 24, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I call this cat food gravy and my kids love it so did my husband I have access to the schools kitchen so I get to see how they make their food. They use canned turkey chunks and the glass jars of gravy and the Idaho instant potatoes. This is of course only at my kids current school. Not sure on how or if they add spices to there food most times not.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — November 29th, 2017 @ 8:10 am

      Funny! I always wondered how they made it. I suppose this is a more gourmet version of what schools serve .

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