Turkey Stroganoff

Turkey Stroganoff recipe made with turkey leftovers, mushrooms, thyme and sour cream.

Turkey Stroganoff
Elise Bauer

What to do with all those turkey leftovers?

We decided to make turkey stroganoff with some of ours. Stroganoff is a classic Russian dish, popularized in America after World War II, which typically has beef and mushrooms served in a sour cream sauce.

Turkey doesn't have as strong a flavor as beef, so this stroganoff improves with the addition of some leftover turkey gravy, and extra herbs such as thyme.

Turkey Stroganoff
Elise Bauer

Turkey Stroganoff

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4 servings

If you don't have leftover Thanksgiving turkey, you can make turkey stroganoff with ground turkey. Just brown about a pound of it in a couple tablespoons of butter in a large sauté pan on medium high heat, set aside before commencing with the recipe, skip the gravy.


  • 1/2 pound button or cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion

  • 3/4 pound leftover cooked turkey meat, dark or light meat, roughly chopped into bite sized pieces

  • 1/2 cup leftover turkey gravy (or chicken or turkey stock)

  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dry thyme (important, do not omit)

  • 1 cup sour cream at room temperature (can substitute plain, full-fat yogurt)

  • Salt to taste (you will need more salt than you expect)

  • Black pepper to taste

  • 1/2 pound egg noodles, cooked


  1. Sauté the mushrooms:

    Heat a large sauté pan on medium-high heat for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and dry sauté them (cook them without oil), shaking the pan frequently so they don't stick, for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mushrooms release their water and begin to brown.

  2. Add butter and onions:

    Add the butter and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 minutes, until the onions begin to brown. Sprinkle salt over everything.

  3. Add turkey and spices:

    Add the turkey meat and gravy and stir to combine. Cook for a minute or two, and sprinkle on the thyme, black pepper and nutmeg.

  4. Add sour cream:

    Turn off the heat and add the sour cream. You may want to add a few tablespoons of water to thin the sauce. Mix in the sour cream thoroughly. Do not let the sauce come to a simmer or boil or it may curdle!

    Adjust seasonings to taste. In particular, depending on how salty your gravy was, you may need to add salt. More than you think.

    Serve immediately over egg noodles.


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
478 Calories
29g Fat
28g Carbs
28g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 478
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Sodium 930mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 677mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.