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 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

If you don't have leftover Thanksgiving turkey, you can make turkey stroganoff with ground turkey. Just use our Ground Beef Stroganoff recipe, replacing the ground beef with ground turkey.


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

  • 8 ounces egg noodles, cooked

  •  8 ounces button or cremini mushrooms, sliced

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 cups leftover cooked turkey meat, chopped into bite-size 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)

  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the noodles:

    Put a pot of salted water on to boil and cook the noodles according to package directions.

  2. Sauté the mushrooms:

    Meanwhile, 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.

  3. Cook the onions in butter:

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

  4. Add the 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.

  5. Add the 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 the seasonings to your 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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
418 Calories
24g Fat
24g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 418
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 915mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 603mg 13%
*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.