Cast Iron

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

November 23, 2015
2 Ratings
Photo by Ashley Rodriguez
  • Serves 6 to 8
Author Notes

This pot pie really tastes nothing of the Thanksgiving meal, although I assure you you probably have all the makings for it after the main event. I should note also that you really could tuck any number of things into this pie. Have some brussels sprouts that Aunt Judy made? What about those roasted green beans I see way back in the corner of the fridge? Those would do nicely under a buttery blanket. I’ve started with the very basics of a Leftover Turkey Pot Pie, but you should feel free to add to it whatever happens to be lurking in your fridge after the holiday.
Ashley Rodriguez

What You'll Need
  • For the cranberry chutney:
  • 1 tablespoon oive oil
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • For the leftover turkey pot pie:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • Few dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 2 cups turkey stock (or vegetable or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream, divided
  • 3 cups leftover turkey, roughly diced or shredded
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 recipe for pie crust (or puff pastry)
  1. For the cranberry chutney:
  2. Add the olive oil and shallot to a small saucepan and cook until wilted and soft. Stir in the garlic and sauté a minute or two more just until fragrant but not browned. Add the cranberries, ginger, orange zest, cumin seeds, sugar, and apple cider vinegar. Bring the whole pot to a simmer and cook until the cranberries pop, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Let this mixture cool. Serve slightly warm or room temperature. Covered and stored in the refrigerator, this chutney keeps for 1 week.
  1. For the leftover turkey pot pie:
  2. Preheat your oven to 400° F. Combine the butter and olive oil in a cast-iron skillet. Sauté the carrot, celery, and onions along with a pinch of salt, until they soften, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute more, until fragrant.
  4. To that add the thyme, Worcestershire (don’t be shy here), potatoes, stock, and another pinch of salt. Bring it all to a simmer and let it bubble away until the potatoes are tender and the stock has reduced to about 1/3 of what it was.
  5. Stir in 1/2 cup cream, turkey, corn, parsley, salt, and pepper then taste to adjust the seasonings. Top the skillet with the pastry and brush with the remaining 2 tablespoons cream. If you’d like, and I do, sprinkle a bit of flaky salt on top of the pastry.
  6. Bake until the pastry is puffed and deeply golden and the mixture below is bubbling away, about 30 to 45 minutes or so.
  7. Let cool slightly before serving. Serve alongside the cranberry chutney.

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2 Reviews

Tina H. February 29, 2016
Super yummy! We had biscuit dough we used on top instead of pie or puff pastry.
Allison Z. November 28, 2015
Looks amazing! What can you substitute for the cream?