Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Pot Pies

Before we look at the turkey pot pies recipe, a few words about Thanksgiving. I love it, don’t you? I don’t necessarily love turkey, but I do love gathering with family and friends, giving thanks, and of course, cooking! Unfortunately, when I finally sit down to my loaded plate, I’m always left a little disappointed. I guess I’m just not a huge Thanksgiving food fan; but the idea of having leftovers to create something new with leaves me excited!

 

Soup Day

Black Friday is known as the day when eager shoppers wake up early to fight the crowds in hopes of getting some great deals. But not in our house; to me it’s soup day! My Black Friday Creamy Turkey Soup to be exact! I share the recipe on my Facebook page yearly, and everyone seems to love it.

 

Turkey Pot Pies Day

Soup Day is usually followed by Turkey Pot Pie Day. Using the soup and the remaining Thanksgiving leftovers, I make turkey pot pies. I leave a few out for us to eat, and freeze the rest for Scott to take to work for lunch. Once frozen, these little pies just pop right out of the aluminum pie pans, and can be microwaved and enjoyed. His favorite way of eating them is with cottage cheese and sliced avocados on the side. Maybe that sounds a little strange, but t’s actually quite good!

 

A Chance to Get Creative!

You’ll Notice that there are no measurements for the filling ingredients. This is because everyone will have different leftovers. This is your chance to not only to get creative, but to put your own spin on this recipe! The one thing that’s required and makes this recipe special is my Black Friday Creamy Turkey Soup. Without it, I can’t guarantee that you’ll have amazing pot pies. Other filling ideas include: stuffing, scalloped potatoes, gnocchi, peas, and cranberry sauce. I’m sure there are many other ingredients that would be great to include. I’d love to hear what ingredients you came up with!



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Thanksgiving Leftovers Turkey Pot Pies
turkey pot pie
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1-1/2 hours
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
5" pies
Ingredients
Pie Crust
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1-1/2 hours
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
5" pies
Ingredients
Pie Crust
turkey pot pie
Instructions
  1. Raid your fridge, and find all the filling ingredients you will be using in your pies.
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  2. Cut cold butter into cubes and place in the freezer. Gather the remaining crust ingredients. Mix salt and flour in a medium-sized bowl.
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  3. Remove the chilled butter from the freezer and add to the flour bowl. Did you notice I switched bowls? It quickly became apparent that I needed a larger one.
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  4. Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry cutter. Occasionally you will need to scrape the pastry cutter with a knife to remove the chunks of butter wedged in between the grooves. Finally, run the mixture through your hands to blend in any chunks of butter that you may have missed. You may also choose to do this part in a food processor. I promise not to hold it against you...
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  5. Add nigella sativa seeds, if using. You may add them earlier, I decided to add them on a whim at this stage. Gradually add the ice water, a few tablespoons at a time, as you gently stir the mix with a fork. Do this until the dough begins to come together and can be pressed with your hands to form a ball. I used almost the entire 1-1/4 cups of water to accomplish this. Try not to overwork the dough.
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  6. Divide the dough in four portions. Leave one out and wrap the rest in saran wrap, and place in the fridge.
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  7. Use a pastry scraper to divide the portion you left out into fourths. Place three of the portions back in the fridge to keep chilled.
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  8. Roll the remaining portion out into a circle on a floured surface. Cover with a 5" pie pan, then cut around the pan with a knife. Leave approximately 1/4" to 1/2" extra dough from the edge of the pan. Place the extra dough scraps in the fridge to keep chilled. I managed to make an additional lattice-top pie with the extra scraps of dough.
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  9. Place the dough into the pie plate, making sure it fits snugly into the pan. Press the edges of the dough along the rim of the pan.
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  10. Begin layering the pie with your ingredients. I like to start with the drier ingredients first and end with the soup. In this case, I started with the mashed potatoes. I only had a little gravy left, so I only added a few tablespoons in each pie.
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  11. Next, add some of your green bean casserole. I always have a bunch left, it seems like I'm the only one in the family who loves it! I also added some extra turkey, because I had it.
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  12. Add the corn and turkey soup as the final layer.
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  13. Roll out one of the three portions of dough that you refrigerated. Cut it the same way you cut the previous one. Cover the filled pie with the dough and press all around the edges to seal.
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  14. Crimp the edges, then make slits in the center of the pie. If you have a hard time with the crimping, just use fork tines to press down on the edges.
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  15. Place the finished pie in the fridge and continue with these steps until you have made four pies. Place the pies on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the pies are nicely browned and bubbly. While these pies are baking, continue making the remaining pies.
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  16. Christmas music makes this task a lot more enjoyable. My all-time favorite Christmas soundtrack is Third Day's Christmas Offerings CD. If you don't have it, you can listen to it fee on Amazon prime!
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  17. Cook the remaining pies while the first batch is cooling off. If you plan of freezing some, allow to cool completely, then wrap in aluminum foil and freeze. By the way, I really can make a prettier lattice-top pie, but in this case, I was planning on eating it, so didn't care about the presentation. Can you say STARVING?
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  18. Don't forget to share with your friends and neighbors, especially if they're elderly! Gotta spread that love around, especially this time of year!
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Recipe Notes

As mentioned in the post, you can microwave the frozen pies, or if you want a crisper crust, reheat in the oven.

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