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. For those of you who didn’t, Turkey Slop was this delicious lunch item on our schools cafeteria menu. It was the BEST and right up there next to beef sticks, tostadas and French toast sticks.
What is turkey slop? Essentially it’s shredded turkey in a savory gravy over mashed potatoes and was my husband’s FAVORITE hot lunch served. 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. It was obscenely hilarious.
Being the good wife I am, over the years since we’ve been out of high school to make him a homemade version of turkey slop. Early on 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 definitely a fancy yet not-so-fancy version. And we love it.
I admit that it doesn’t look like much but it’s a scrumptious way to use up leftover turkey. Because 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.
If you don’t have leftover turkey, the good news is that you can make this anytime of the year, by using turkey breasts or tenderloins. You can poach, roast or pan fry them and then simply shred them into bitesize pieces. However leftovers from Thanksgiving are always best.
With that said, you will need 4 cups of shredded cooked turkey.
Start by melting 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-low heat.
Then, 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.
Next add in 1-1/2 teaspoons of a good quality poultry seasoning. You can find my homemade version in my cookbook [affiliate]!
Then sauté for about 2 minutes to soften the herbs and bring out their delicious herbaceousness.
Next sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of flour, stir and cook the flour for 2 minutes.
Then pour in 2 cups of turkey stock (or both).
And then pour in 1 cup of whole milk.
Next, ring to a bubble and simmer until thickened.
Lastly add in the leftover turkey and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
Finally, spoon the creamy and saucy turkey and gravy over top of creamy mashed potatoes.
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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