Do you ever wonder what to do with all of the turkey you have leftover from Thanksgiving or pretty much anytime you cook a turkey? Are these birds reserved for just holidays? It kinda feels that way. I cooked a Turkey breast on Easter along with a Ham and all the fixin’s. We had half of the breast leftover so I thought, “Why not make a Turkey Pot Pie”?
Tips on Making Pot Pie
Pot Pie is kind of like an easy “all-in-one” comfort food that is perfect just to serve up in a bowl. We usually just eat it like that and maybe with a salad or slice of homemade bread on the side. It’s one of those meals that I really don’t have to think about if I have everything on hand. I keep most of the staples all the time and just add whatever meat and veggies that are in the fridge.
- To start with, you have to have a really good crust. They really are not difficult to make. I make several at a time and keep a few in the freezer. Really makes meal times quick when I have those “what are we having for dinner nights”. See below for my simple pie crust.
- When you think of pot pie, you think of carrots, onions, peas and maybe potatoes, right? Use what you have in the fridge. Get creative.
- To make your pot pie taste really yummy, make homemade chicken broth. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. Recipe coming soon.
- Pot pie is traditionally made with chicken but change it up a bit and use leftover roasted turkey like I’m doing in this recipe or even use cut up slices of roast beef or brisket. Yummy!
Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
- 1 Homemade Pie Crust See notes below
- 2.5 cup Leftover Roasted Turkey
- 1/4 cup Onion
- 2 Large Carrots
- 1/2 cup Frozen Peas or Green Beans
- 1/4 cup Einkorn or All-purpose Flour
- 2 tbsp (Real) Unsalted Butter
- 1 cup Chicken Broth
- 1 cup Half & Half
- 1 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- Fresh Thyme or Turkey Seasoning
- Make crust or use a store bought one. I only put the crust on top but you can certainly have one on the bottom, add filling and then top it with another crust.
- To make the filling: Add flour and butter to a pan. Once butter is melted, use a whisk to mix the two together. Do this kind of quickly. You are creating a roux. This mixture will allow your sauce to be thick and creamy.
- Next, add chicken broth and half & half to pan.
- Cut up all of your veggies (except the peas)and add those to the pan.
- Add cut up leftover turkey (or chicken/beef)
- Mix all of this together on the stove on medium heat. Allow carrots to cook until they are soften. Add seasonings (if needed) and the peas. Stir together.
- Pour the filling into a pie pan or a 10 inch iron skillet.
- Place rolled out crust on top of the filling. You can make it pretty or rustic (like I do lol). Place pie pan on a cookie sheet to avoid spills in your oven.
- Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until crust is golden. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve with a salad or a hot slice of homemade bread. Enjoy!
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TIP: To get a really yummy crust, make sure your butter is cold and cut up into bite-size pieces or you can use a cheese grater.
I’d love to hear your variations of pot pie. Have a great weekend!
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