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We’re sharing this delicious recipe for Creamed Turkey on Toast as part of a sponsored post for McCormick Gourmet.

Creamed Turkey on Toast - An updated version of an old family recipe! Perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!

Every week or so, my husband Jack and I sit down together to brainstorm recipe ideas to share here on A Family Feast! In the weeks leading up to this holiday season, we’ve both been reminiscing about many of the recipes that our parents used to cook for us back when we were kids!

Both Jack and I each have fond memories of our mothers making Creamed Turkey on Toast as a way to use up leftover turkey after Thanksgiving! Both versions were served over sliced white bread (that’s what we all ate back then…) but Jack’s mother’s version used leftover gravy, while my mother made a simple, seasoned white sauce.

Creamed Turkey on Toast - An updated version of an old family recipe! Perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!

We both loved Creamed Turkey on Toast (talk about pure comfort food!) so we were excited to try making an updated version of a favorite childhood meal! Today – as home cooks and food bloggers – we are so lucky that McCormick Gourmet offers a great variety of different spices and seasonings, and we can make a long-time family favorite recipe even better!

Our updated version of Creamed Turkey on Toast follows the lead of my mother and starts with a thick and creamy white sauce that we’ve seasoned with McCormick Gourmet’s Nutmeg, White Pepper, Onion Powder, and California Garlic Powder, plus a little bit of Curry Powder for a wonderful depth of flavor! We also added some green peas to our recipe – but adding them is optional.

Creamed Turkey on Toast - An updated version of an old family recipe! Perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!

What’s also great about this Creamed Turkey on Toast recipe is that you can change up the spices and seasonings to suit your own preferences! In fact, you can create your own FlavorPrint profile at and discover your own favorite Thanksgiving (or Thanksgiving leftovers) recipes!

And for more family recipes, be sure to also visit McCormick’s American Homemade – their salute to American home cooks and the regional and cultural diversity that makes all of their homemade recipes so unique and flavorful! It’s a great resource for recipes along with heart-warming family stories!

Creamed Turkey on Toast - A Family Feast

Creamed Turkey on Toast

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8


For a slightly thinner consistency, use ½ cup of flour instead of the ¾ cup noted in the recipe. Also, feel free to use 1 quart of half & half instead of the cream and milk.


  • 1 quart of turkey or chicken stock
  • 2 pounds cooked turkey or chicken meat
  • 2 cups heavy cream (see note above)
  • 2 cups whole milk (see note above)
  • 1 stick butter
  • ½ pound onion sliced into thick half moons (about one medium to large onion)
  • ¾ cup flour (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated McCormick Gourmet Nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Dry Mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet White Pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Onion Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Garlic Powder
  • ¼ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Curry Powder
  • 2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
  • Unsliced white or hearty country bread


  1. The stock needs to reduce down from one quart to three cups so place on stove and simmer until reduced.
  2. If you have part of a turkey leftover and are using the meat from that for this recipe, place the whole carcass in with the stock. It will help soften the meat so you can remove it from the bone. This step is only an option if you don’t already have the two pounds of cooked turkey or chicken and are picking meat from a turkey or chicken.
  3. Once the stock has reduced, add milk and cream and heat just until hot. Keep warm over low heat.
  4. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium and add onions. Cook until translucent and no longer crunchy.
  5. Add flour and cook for three minutes.
  6. Add stock and cream mixture one third at a time to the skillet, stirring each time with a wire whip.
  7. Once all of the liquid is in, add salt, nutmeg, mustard, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and curry powder.
  8. Cook over low heat for a few minutes and add cooked turkey or chicken shredding as you add.
  9. Bring up to hot but be careful not to scorch.
  10. Add frozen peas, stir and hold over low heat while you slice and toast the bread.
  11. Slice bread into thick slices and lightly toast.
  12. To serve, place single slices of toast on dinner plates and top with a generous portion of the creamed chicken.
  13. Great served with steamed carrots.

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  • Myra wrote:

    I must say, I just made this a little while ago, still waiting for guests. It was easy to make and very delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Myra! So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Charlene wrote:

    What a great idea


    • Martha wrote:

      Thank YOU Charlene – so glad you found us! 🙂

  • Mim wrote:

    So, how do I know when the stock has reduced to 3 cups? A time and temperature would be a good thing to include with this recipe for the reduction.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Mim – It’s really something you can estimate by looking at it – knowing that you started with 4 cups and you are reducing it down by about 25%. (A time and temp might not give you the right measurement either – how quickly the stock reduces can vary based on the side of the pan you are using.)

  • Angela {Mind Over Batter} wrote:

    I’ve never had creamed turkey, but it sounds dreamy. I need to give this a try! Love that you and your hubby get together to come up with recipes for your blog.

  • Nikki @ NikSnacks wrote:

    I can’t say I’ve ever had creamed turkey on toast, but I can say that yours looks great and I love using McCormick spices too.

  • Kim Beaulieu wrote:

    I flipping love these. Super yummy and perfect way to use up that turkey. I happen to seriously love McCormick Spices too.

  • Anita wrote:

    This looks like the best comfort food -I almost want it more than actual Thanksgiving turkey!

  • Nancy [email protected] wrote:

    This looks amazing! This would be a perfect way to use those leftovers too!

  • Heather | girlichef wrote:

    I’m almost angry with my mom for never making this for me as a kid. 😉 Seriously, you’re right, that is pure comfort food. Starting this year, I’ll be making it for my family – it looks scrumptious!

    • Martha wrote:

      LOL – Heather! Enjoy!

  • sue/the view from great island wrote:

    Oh wow, this brings me back, and after all the craziness of Thanksgiving itself, I think the best leftovers are the EASIEST leftovers!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes wrote:

    This is getting pinned for sure. I am literally drooling! This is my kinda meal right here!

  • [email protected] Mom wrote:

    I’m in love with all McCormick spices! This looks fantastic!

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious wrote:

    That white sauce looks amazing – I love that you added curry!

  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen wrote:

    OK, that looks out-of-this-world amazing!!!

  • Angie wrote:

    We use to call these hot sandwiches. My mom served them with a layer of meat and gravy then another piece of bread and then more meat and gravy on top. Yummy! I loved them and still do. In fact I just made this a few days ago.

    • Martha wrote:

      Your version sounds even better Angie!!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking wrote:

    I love that your husband brainstorms blog ideas with you. 🙂 This turkey dish looks SO good! And I love McCormick, too!

  • Rose | The Clean Dish wrote:

    I have never even heard of Creamed Turkey on Toast (I grew up in Germany) but I so want to try this! I’m sure there will be plenty of turkey leftover after Thanksgiving – yum!!

  • Stephanie @ Back for Seconds wrote:

    This totally looks like the ultimate comfort food! Mmmmm

  • Paula – bell’alimento wrote:

    Creamy and Dreamy! I think I gotta give this a whirl!

  • Colleen (Souffle Bombay) wrote:

    Ohmygosh! This brings me back to my childhood and the chicken al-la king my dad would make a couple times a month. I forgot allll about it, I loved it! Thanks for the smile!

    • Martha wrote:

      Same here Colleen! We were talking about Chicken ala King too! 🙂

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