Homemade Turkey Pot Pie might be the BEST thing to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. All you need is leftover roast turkey and a flaky pie crust or puff pastry.
After Thanksgiving is over, you might be lucky enough to have a ton of Thanksgiving leftovers. My two favorite things to make with leftover turkey is this classic turkey pot pie recipe or an easy turkey soup.
Keep in mind that this recipe is also perfect for making chicken pot pie or chicken soup. Anytime I have leftover roast chicken or turkey, I use the leftovers to make one of these easy dinner recipes.
Let's get started!
What You'll Need For This Recipe
- Leftover turkey. You'll want 2 to 3 cups of leftover roast turkey meat. Chop the turkey into bite-sized pieces.
- Turkey Stock. Use the leftover turkey bones to make a rich turkey stock. I'll talk you through the steps for making bone broth.
- Veggies. Peas, carrots, and green beans. Frozen veggies are fine here.
- Pie Crust. I usually make extra pie dough when I'm making Thanksgiving pumpkin and pecan pies so that I will have leftovers. Pie crust freezes really well, so why not keep some around at all times? You can also make this turkey pot pie with puff pastry.
Step 1: Get as much meat from your leftover roast turkey as possible.
Pull the leftover turkey meat off of the turkey bones and then chop it into bite-sized pieces. You will want 2 to 3 cups of meat.
Step 2: Make turkey broth.
Place all of the leftover turkey bones into a large stock pot. Add one onion (cut in half), a few stalks of celery, and a few carrots. Add enough water to cover everything and then bring the pot to a boil.
Once the broth is boiling, you can reduce the heat and let it simmer for an hour or so. Add water as needed.
Taste the turkey stock to make sure it has a good flavor and then strain off all of the veggies and bones. Place a fine sieve over a large bowl and pour the turkey stock through it.
Check out the Complete Guide to Making Bone Broth if you have any questions on how to make stock from poultry.
Step 3: Make the turkey pot pie filling.
In a Dutch oven, melt the butter and add the diced carrots, celery, and onion. Sauté for 4 to 5 minutes until the veggies are tender.
Add 3 tablespoons of flour to the veggies and toss everything together. Then add the turkey stock to the veggies and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook and stir so that the stock and the flour combine to create a turkey gravy. Adjust the consistency by adding more turkey broth if needed.
Add the frozen peas and carrots and let them cook until they are warm.
Stir in the turkey. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
Step 4: Put the pot pies together and bake.
There are a few different ways to make a pot pie recipe. You can pick whichever one you like best. I'm using the double crust method in this recipe, which uses both a top and bottom crust.
I baked the pot pie in these pictures in a Lodge 12-inch cast iron skillet. You can use a pie plate, a casserole dish or even small ramekins to make individual mini pot pies.
- Double pie crust pot pie: For this version, you will make a double batch of pie dough. Preheat the oven. Roll out 2 pie crusts and add the first one to the pie dish. Fill it with the turkey mixture, then top it off with the second pie crust. Vent the top dough and bake for 40 minutes.
- Single pie crust pot pie: Add the turkey pot pie filling to the bottom of a pie dish. Add the top pie crust, vent the crust, and bake for about 20 minutes.
- Turkey pot pie with puff pastry sheets: Add the pot pie filling to a pie dish, or to individual ramekins to make mini pot pies. Top with a sheet of puff pastry. Bake according to the puff pastry directions.
- Turkey shepherd's pie: This option is perfect if you have leftover mashed potatoes. Plus, it's a good alternative if you're trying to avoid saturated fat. Top this one off with some freshly ground black pepper!
- Turkey pot pie with biscuits: A batch of biscuits makes a great topping for pot pie.
FAQs and Expert Tips
To make mini turkey pot pies, use 4-ounce ramekins. Add a half cup of pot pie filling to each ramekin. Then top with pie crust or puff pastry.
To store leftover turkey pot pie, cover the pie dish with foil and store in the fridge. Alternatively, I like to portion out individual servings in oven-proof dishes so that I can reheat each serving one at a time.
1. Flaky pie crust is just one option. You can use premade pie crust or homemade pie crust. The other question is double crust or crust on top only?
2. Puff pastry. Frozen puff pastry dough, like Dufour brand, is another option for pot pie crust.
3. Biscuits. Topping the turkey pot pie with biscuits is another classic way to serve pot pie. Bisquick may just have created the perfect recipe for this easy pot pie topping.
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What to serve with Turkey Pot Pie
Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey Pot Pie Filling
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 carrots peeled and diced
- 3 stalks celery diced
- 1 sweet onion diced
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 4 to 6 cups turkey Stock check out how to make bone broth
- 2 to 3 cups leftover Thanksgiving turkey meat cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup peas frozen or fresh
- 1 cup green beans frozen or fresh
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoon thyme
- ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning
Pie Crust (Double Crust)
- 1 egg beaten
- ¼ cup water
Turkey Pot Pie Filling
- Using your leftover turkey bones, make a bone broth. Set aside 4-6 cups of broth.
- Over medium heat melt butter and add the carrots, celery, and onion. (Mirepoix). Sauté until soft about 5-10 minutes.
- Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and toss to coat.
- Add the thyme and poultry seasoning. Add 2 cups of the bone broth over the vegetables and bring to a boil. The sauce will start to thicken.
- Add another 2 cups of broth and bring to a boil.
- Add the peas and green beans.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Stir in the turkey meat.
- Adjust the consistency of the filling by adding additional broth if needed.