The Best Leftover Turkey Gumbo

Total Time
2hrs 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs 30 mins

My favorite way to use leftover turkey. Must give credit where due....this is my modification to one of Emeril's recipes - his was to boil a turkey specifically for gumbo - mine is to use up those leftovers!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make the roux.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, over medium heat, combine the oil and flour.
  3. Cook, stirring constantly until dark brown (chocolate colored) for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Add all the chopped veggies to the roux, along with the chopped sausage.
  5. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are very soft, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the salt and cayenne pepper.
  7. Add the broth and water, combining well.
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 hrs.
  9. Add the turkey and sliced sausage to the gumbo.
  10. Cook 15 minutes more.
  11. Remove from heat, let sit for 5 minutes, then skim any fat that has risen to the surface.
  12. Stir in green onions and parsley.
  13. Serve over rice, with hot french bread!
Most Helpful

4 5

This is our first time with gumbo and the roux flavor was a little too intense for us. But I think it's wonderful for people who are used to it. My friend just raved about it. Next time I will try halving the roux. But great way to use up turkey!

5 5

Excellent use of turkey, I made this for 6 and only served two with a little left over. First time making a gumbo, it was so good and loved the smell while cooking. It does take a while but worth it in the end.

We have used this recipe for the last three Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys. It has immediately become a family favorite. Cooking the roux is the hardest part, using our gas stove, I visually used a flame setting that looked halfway between high and low to get a true medium setting to make the roux. When I used the medium setting on the control knob, the flame was actually low and I could never get the roux to turn the chocolate brown, even after cooking for an hour. Using the visual flame method to determine medium, the roux turned the nice dark color in the time described in the recipe. I skip the parsley and green onions at the end, as they only serve a decorative purpose, not justifying the extra cost. I also use Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning instead of the Cayenne pepper. It is really a good gumbo recipe, thoroughly enjoyed by all in our family.

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