Monday, December 21, 2020

Turkey Pot Pie

You may remember that rather than the typical Thanksgiving meal, we had Gumbo but we found we missed the leftover turkey dishes we normally enjoy so we bought a 12 pound turkey and an 8 pound breast in mid-December.  I seasoned them then cooked with orange, lemon, and onion slices and chopped celery.  I roasted them in a 350F oven, covered then uncovered, to an internal temperature of 160F.

After cooling, I removed a breast from the turkey for Bev to make the sandwiches she enjoys then removed all of the meat I could get off yielding several pounds which we bagged and froze for the upcoming dishes.

Then, I added all of the bones and scrapes to a large pot, covered them with water and cooked on low simmer all night to make broth.  After removing the solids from the pot, Bev picked through it and ended up with 1¼ pounds of meat for the dogs – hard to believe I left that much on the carcasses – plus we ended up with five quarts of very rich broth.

The first dish we made from the turkey meat and some of the broth was pot pie (or maybe a casserole since it had no bottom crust) using a recipe from Taste Of Home but we made the expanded recipe shown below so we could use it for our Thursday night meal for our friends.  You can click on the link for the original recipe which makes two 9” pies.  Shown below is the double recipe for two of the 9”x11” pies plus a smaller one.

Turkey Pot PieAdapted from Taste Of Home

Ingredients for double recipe:

4 cups diced peeled potatoes

3½ cups sliced carrots

1½ cup diced celery (added by us)

2 cup butter, cubed

1½ cup chopped onion

2 cup all-purpose flour

3½ teaspoons salt

2 teaspoon dried thyme

1½ teaspoon pepper

6 cups chicken broth

3 cups whole milk

8 cups cubed cooked chicken

2 cup frozen peas

2 cup frozen corn

8 sheets refrigerated pie crust


1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place potatoes and carrots in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, covered, 8-10 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain.

2. In an large skillet 8 quart stock pot, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. 

3. Stir in flour and seasonings until blended and cook for a few minutes.

4. Gradually stir in broth and milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. 

5. Stir in chicken, peas, corn and potato mixture; remove from heat.

6. Pour into casserole dishes.

8. Unroll a pie crust into each of two 9-in. pie plates; trim even with rims. Add chicken mixture. Unroll crusts; place over filling, trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in tops.  Bev used the extra crust to add snow flakes to ours.

9. Bake 45 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.

Since I used 9”x11” pans, we ended up with two of them and a smaller one which we gave to our neighbors.

The Verdict:

We all thought the pot pie had a delicious and the right consistency – not too dry or too runny.  This will be our go too pot pie recipe going forward.  The friends that also got one of the casseroles said it was awesome - always good to hear that.  Next time I believe I will make a single recipe, add an additional cup of broth to thin it a little, omit the crust, and serve it over biscuits - oh my, makes me hungry just thinking about that.

Since the skies were gray and the temp hovered around 40F, I could not resist building a fire in the big upstairs fireplace, even though Bev doesn’t care for the mess – I’ll gladly vacuum the floors.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them and the blue words are links.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. Larry, Kudos to ya'll for continuing to help your friends! We weren't ambitious enough to make a turkey pot pie or a casserole with our leftovers but we do love pot pies. This time of the year chicken pot pies from Fresh Market are a staple at our house. Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. Turkey pot pie is the best and yours looks so delicious and pretty!


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