Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
Thanksgiving is always my favorite holiday. Partially because there are no gifts, no pressures, just a (generally) relaxing day spent with family and friends and feeling thankful. And partially because of the delicious food. What? I’m a total foodie at heart.
This year we did three Thanksgivings. The last one was just for us. We decided to get a big turkey and cook it up for the fun of it and for the leftovers. Instead of the 12-pounder we got last year, I came home to find a 20-pound bird in my fridge. Yes, 20 pounds. Who was coming to dinner, you ask? Dozens of people, surely. Nope, just a happy foursome and a wee one who doesn’t yet have teeth so didn’t get to partake in the poultry.
Once again, as last year, we went with Bobby Flay’s turkey recipe. It creates the crispiest, tastiest skin and moist, light turkey. Yum!
So, needless to say, we had three delicious turkeys throughout Thanksgiving week, and somehow ended up with leftovers from four turkeys. But no one was complaining. Turkey leftovers are a favorite around here! We’ve made turkey enchilada pie, turkey tetrazzini, and … time for turkey pie!
I went directly to the best source for this one and used Sam the Cooking Guy’s recipe for Turkey Pie — with a few small adaptations.
Isn’t she a beaut?
Turkey Pot Pie
Recipe courtesy Sam the Cooking Guy (somewhat adapted)
1 ready to bake refrigerated pie crust
2 cups diced, cooked turkey
3 carrots, sliced
8 ounces pancetta, diced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 small onion, diced
1 tablespoon sage
3 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 450 F. Saute onions, carrots, celery, sage and pancetta in 1 tablespoon of the butter until softened. Add turkey to mixture and put into pie plate. In same pan, melt remaining butter while stirring in flour. Stir in broth slowly to make a thick sauce and add Worcestershire. Pour over turkey mixture. Top with crust and brush top with milk. Bake until top is golden brown, about 20 minutes, and serve.