Turkey Pot Pie

November  6, 2016
4 Ratings
Photo by Mark Weinberg
Author Notes

This pie is great on it's own, but it's even better as part of the epic Three-Tier Thanksgiving Dinner Pie (https://food52.com/recipes...)! —Erin Jeanne McDowell

  • Serves 10
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 5 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 7 cups chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2x recipe Hot Water Crust (https://food52.com/recipes...)
In This Recipe
  1. In a large pot, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and sauté until tender, 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, 1 minute more. Stir in the potatoes and season the mixture with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the flour and stir to combine—cook, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the broth and bay leaf and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the sauce thickens and good flavor develops, 15-20 minutes.
  5. Stir in the turkey, peas, rosemary, thyme, and heavy cream. Check the seasoning and add more salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a 12 inch springform pan on it.
  7. Prepare the hot water crust as directed by the recipe, then divide into two pieces—one about 2/3 of the dough (for the base and sides) and one about 1/3 of the dough (for the top).
  8. Start with the larger piece for the base and sides. Remember, you have to work with the crust while it’s hot to keep it pliable. I like to roll it out as best I can between two sheets of plastic wrap to about 1/4 inch thick (a little thicker is OK, too).
  9. Peel the top piece of plastic wrap off, then use the bottom piece to help you invert the dough into the springform pan. Don’t worry if it tears or small holes appear – you can patch it! Patch any holes, tears, or uncovered areas with more dough, and press well to ensure they’re sealed. (Alternatively, you can just press the crust in from the get go— just remember to work quickly!)
  10. Pour the filling into the pan and spread into an even layer. Transfer the springform pan back to the parchment lined baking sheet.
  11. Roll out the remaining dough between two sheets of plastic wrap to about 1/4 inch thick. Peel off the top piece of plastic wrap then use the bottom piece to help you invert the crust on top of the filling, then peel it away.
  12. Pinch the two crusts together at the sides, and pinch off any excess. Crimp the edges as desired to make sure they’re sealed together.
  13. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to make a vent in the center of the pie. Bake the pie until the crust is golden brown and steam is coming out of the vent, 50-60 minutes. Cool at least 15 minutes before unmolding, slicing, and serving.

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • Dot Williams
    Dot Williams
  • LittleFrier
I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, The Book on Pie, is out on November 10th, 2020.

2 Reviews

Dot W. January 3, 2018
This turkey pot pie was a real hit with everyone in the family...great way to use up leftover turkey (also added some leftover diced ham) and used my homemade turkey stock.
LittleFrier November 11, 2016
Can you substitute "hot water crust" with store bought? If so, what would you recommend? Pie Crust I am assuming. Thanks.