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Our easy homemade Turkey Pot Pie Recipe is pure comfort food, done right!
Hide away some of your leftover holiday turkey and make this comforting Turkey Pot Pie recipe.
Bring on the delicious Thanksgiving leftovers. I can’t wait for turkey sandwiches piled high on homemade rolls slathered with mayo and plenty of fresh ground black pepper. Those little bites are worth every calorie and every single carb. When we get tired of those I’m moving on to Turkey Waldorf Wraps, Turkey Tetrazzini and this amazing savory homemade Turkey Pot Pie.
Homemade is so much better than store-bought.
Do you remember frozen boxed turkey pot pies that were so popular back in the day? I remember loving them as a kid and then buying them on sale 3 for $1.00 when I was on my own. When I was young and single, cheap eats was the way to go. I’ll never forget those little tin pies that came out of the oven hot as molten lava. They never seem to cool down enough to be eaten! But no worries. Our Turkey Pot Pie is way better than the store-bought version. You’re going to LOVE it!
Can you substitute chicken in this Turkey Pot Pie Recipe?
You don’t have to use turkey in this recipe, so feel free to substitute rotisserie or diced poached chicken. If you happen to have the Thanksgiving leftovers at your house, squirrel away 3 cups of diced turkey and hide it in the back of the fridge. You’ll thrill your pot pie loving family when you put this tasty pastry on the dinner table. They’ll forget all about the cornbread dressing, creamy mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and jump in for seconds of this bad boy.
Our Turkey Pot Pie Recipe can be made with a single crust on the top, or a double crust pie as pictured above.
I’ve made this recipe both ways; with the top crust only, and with the classic double crust. Personally, I don’t have a preference either way. My husband however, adores the double crust pie and said not to change a thing, ever. Our Turkey Pot Pie recipe can be adapted to fit individual casserole pans or ramekins too. You can also make the entire thing in a cast iron skillet and float a single crust on top. Or, bake it in a pie pan as I’ve done here.
Can this Turkey Pot Pie be frozen?
Since the turkey is already cooked you can also freeze entire unbaked pot pies to cook later. Bonus! Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake the next day. The filling can also be made ahead and frozen without the crust until needed. We’re all about the options 🙂
How do you keep the bottom crust from getting soggy?
Soggy bottoms can be troublesome in double crust pies. However, I’ve picked up a few tricks over the years and found a fool-proof way to ensure the bottom crust browns and holds up well, even under all that creamy filling.
- When you’re ready to bake, place a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet or baking stone in the oven while it preheats.
- Make and assemble your pie in an aluminum pie plate like the one in the photo above.
- Place the pie on the preheated stone or pan and bake!
- Direct contact with the hot metal of the pan helps to brown and crisp the bottom crust under all that filling.
That’s it! It really works and makes a big difference. Give it a try 😉
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Turkey Pot Pie Recipe
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (2-ounces or 57g)
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 celery rib, diced
- 1 large carrot, diced
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour (44g)
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (16-ounces or 488g)
- ½ cup whole milk (4 ½-ounces or 128g)
- ½ teaspoon salt (more or less to taste)
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 cup frozen green peas (5-ounces or 146g)
- 3 cups chopped or shredded turkey, or chicken (14.5-ounces or 418g)
- 2 unbaked pie pastries, homemade or store-bought (see link in notes for recipe)
- 1 large egg, mixed with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the chopped onion, celery and carrots until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, about 3-4 minutes.
- Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and milk and bring to a simmer. Continue cooking and stirring occasionally until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Add the salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne (if using), frozen peas and turkey. Gently fold together with a spatula. Check the seasoning and add more salt and/or pepper as desired. Set aside to cool for about 20-30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Place a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet or baking stone in the oven to preheat. *
- While the filling is cooling, roll out half the pastry and fit into the bottom of a 9-inch deep dish pie plate. Roll out the top crust and have it ready to use as soon as the filling is added.
- Pour the cooled turkey mixture into the prepared crust. Quickly top with the second pastry. Trim the excess crust and fold under sealing the pastry with the bottom crust. Crimp the edges in a decorative pattern. Cut 4 or 5 slits in the top crust to vent. Brush the entire top crust with the egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Place the pot pie on the preheated baking sheet. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the crust is golden.
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