The great quest begins for ways to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers. I can do the traditional Thanksgiving meal for about one meal after the big day and then I’m so OVER it. I have to get creative about ways to use up the leftovers! (Tip: if you host Thanksgiving, tell your guests to bring their own “to-go” containers so you can share some of the leftovers with them too!)
Last night, stomachs were starting to grumble and the kids were saying “I’m hungrrrrryyyyy!” in their best whiney voice so I opened the fridge and examined what I had left from the Thanksgiving meal. Here’s what I found (among other things):
- half an onion
- some celery
- turkey stock
- 1 pie crust
Ah ha! The pie crust got me thinking…Turkey Pot Pie! Typically I would use 2 pie crusts for a pot pie but I only had one left. This was SO GOOD we didn’t even miss the second crust!
Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the beginning part of this recipe. I didn’t know it was going to be so good! I just had to share it with you once I tasted the base! So, to catch you up to the photos, let me tell you what I did.
I started by adding 2 Tablespoons of butter to a pan. I threw in chopped onion, celery and carrots. Let that cook until the onions are translucent. Add about 4 Tablespoons of flour and cook for a couple minutes to brown the flour.
I used my turkey carcass to make a turkey stock so I added 4 cups of turkey stock to the pan and simmered until thick. If you didn’t make a turkey stock, you can use any chicken stock you have leftover or even gravy. Gravy works GREAT in this kind of recipe! If you have green bean casserole left, that’s also awesome in turkey pot pie!
Ok, so that’s where we’re up to in the picture below.
I chopped up some turkey, maybe a couple cups worth, and threw that into the pan. I wanted the turkey in there long enough to heat it up but not to cook it any further. I also added some peas I had. You can add whatever veggies you have left or have on hand. You can also use mashed potatoes to thicken your base if it’s still kind of soupy.
Lightly grease a pie plate and add the filling.
I only had one pie crust left so that’s what I went with. If you have two left over, go ahead and place one crust in the pie plate before you add the filling. If you only have one, just use it on the top like I did. I folded the crust over and tucked around the inside edge of the pan.
I brushed the top with a little bit olive oil instead of using an egg wash. It’s just leftovers and I didn’t want to waste an egg! Cut a few slits in the top so the steam can vent. In the oven it goes…
Voila! Awesome turkey pot pie using all of my Thanksgiving leftovers!
It was such a hit with my family of four that we only had one piece left!
Happy cooking as you come up with creative ways to use your leftovers! How do you use your leftovers? Share your ideas with us by commenting on this post below!
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