A delicious way to use your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner leftovers in a fun and unique way! Turkey Dinner Pot Pie never looked so good.
I know Turkey Pot Pie is nothing new, and I’ve made it using my leftover Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey countless times. In the past, it was just a replacement meat for chicken in my traditional Chicken Pot Pie. I thought it was a tried and true recipe, until one fateful day when Trader Joe’s changed my life forever (okay, okay that may be an exaggeration, but just play along). If you’ve ever been to TJ’s, then you have experienced how awesome that grocery store is. Not only do they have delicious stuff, but they always seem to be serving some kind of sample that I fall love with. So a few weeks before Thanksgiving, I was offered some turkey pot pie, and I thought “eh why not? I’ve had this so many times before.” But boy was I wrong. Trader Joe’s didn’t just use turkey instead of chicken… they used an entire Thanksgiving dinner! Inside of their flaky crust was pieces of roasted turkey, stuffing, dried cranberries, and total deliciousness. I fell in love, and it was like a high school crush all over again. I couldn’t get it off my mind. So when I left my in-laws after Thanksgiving with a bag full of leftover turkey, I knew exactly what I was going to make!
I’m not kidding when I say this turkey pot pie is my new favorite comfort food. It’s bursting with flavor, and I love how fun and unique it is. I was able to whip the entire thing together in less than an hour, and Isaac and I may or may not have eaten half the pan in one sitting. #noshame
It has leftover roasted turkey, stuffing, fresh cranberries, carrots, parsnips, onion, turkey gravy and a mouthwateringly yummy homemade crust. And it tasted just like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. It’s such a great way to use all your leftovers, and you better believe everyone will go back for seconds (or thirds). I didn’t have time to make any this time around, but I know this would have gone perfectly with some of my homemade chipotle cranberry sauce! Yum!
Turkey Dinner Pot Pie
- Double pie crust (you can use premade, or make your own)
- 3-4 cups cooked turkey
- 2 cups brown gravy
- 1 onion
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- 1 large parsnip
- 2 cups stuffing
- 1/3 cup fresh cranberries or cranberry sauce
- Preheat oven to 375F and grease an 8x11 inch baking dish.
- Roll out one of the pie crusts and place along the bottom of the baking dish.
- Peel and chop the carrots and parsnips. Chop the onion and throw the vegetables in a skillet with the olive oil. Cook until the vegetables are soft, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- In a large bowl, mix together the turkey, gravy and vegetables.
- Pour the turkey mixture into the baking dish.
- Layer the stuffing on top, and sprinkle the cranberries on top of the stuffing.
- Cover with the second pie crust, then trim and crimp the edges to seal off the pot pie. Cut some slices in the top to allow the pot pie to "breathe".
- Bake for 45 minutes, or until everything is hot, and the pie crust is golden brown.
- Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
- If you don't have enough leftovers, you can use packaged stuffing, powdered gravy and dried cranberries!
Now it’s your turn to talk! Answer one of these questions in the comments below:
What is your favorite way to reuse Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner leftovers?
Have you ever experienced the amazingness of Trader Joe’s?