Turkey Pot Pie for Turkey Leftovers

If you don’t have a plan for your leftovers yet, and need to pick up any of these ingredients, I can assure you that going to the grocery store on Black Friday is wonderful. NO one is there :) It’s the place to be.


A few years back, a co-worker and I were trying out various chicken pot pie recipes. I kid you not; one of the recipes that she tried was so complicated that it was approximately 3 pages long. We were not satisfied with any of the ones that we’d tried until…. I  found a fantastic recipe on the Taste of Home recipe site for a turkey pot pie. What I am going to do is list the recipe ingredients and  below those ingredients I will show the short cuts that I came up with to make this recipe even simpler than it already was.

But all credit for the recipe goes to Taste of Home. I pulled their  picture of the mouth-watering pie HERE


  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package (15 ounces) refrigerated pie pastry
  • 1 egg

IF YOU WANT SHORTCUTS: Use two cans peeled, sliced potatoes. One can per pie. Drain the cans of all liquid and you are good to go. I generally DO cook from scratch and this is the only time that I’ve ever used canned potatoes but they are so cheap if you pick them up on sale that it is worth it. No worrying about how many to use : Trust me, 1 can per pie.

IF you don’t want to make your own pie crust : I recommend Pillsbury pie pastry…it’s as close to homemade as you’ll ever get. Of course you can use your own homemade pie dough for this recipe but this post is about the fast version :) Be flexible: Adjust to your own taste. For instance, if you look at the above list of ingredients, I personally did not use the peas or the garlic salt, and I used light whipping cream, not heavy. I do not believe that I bothered to whip an egg and cream together to brush onto the pie crust. While you can, it tastes fine without. Again, we are talking the fast version. I can promise you that whatever you do, this recipe has been a HUGE success with the men-folk in my family and their men-folk friends ! :)


  • In a Dutch oven, saute the potatoes, carrots, onion and      celery in butter and oil until tender. Stir in flour until blended;      gradually add broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until      thickened. Stir in the turkey, peas, 1/2 cup cream, parsley, garlic salt      and pepper.
  • Spoon into two ungreased 9-in. pie plates. Roll out      pastry to fit top of each pie; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute      edges. Cut out a decorative center or cut slits in pastry. In a small      bowl, whisk egg and remaining cream; brush over pastry.
  • Cover and freeze one potpie for up to 3 months. Bake      the remaining potpie at 375° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Let      stand for 10 minutes before cutting.
  • To use frozen potpie:      Remove from the freezer 30 minutes before baking. Cover edges of crust      loosely with foil; place on a baking sheet. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes.      Reduce heat to 350°; remove foil. Bake 55-60 minutes longer or until      golden brown. Yield: 2 pies (6 servings each).


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Thanksgivings over the years: memories

Thanksgivings over the years : memories

When I was young, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were always at my grandparents. They lived next door so ‘over the river and through the woods’ was a short stroll. My uncle, aunt and cousins would join us. Generally I think that they celebrated my birthday then as well since it’s around that time and my memories of the two are sort of entwined.  I still remember a cake that my grandmother had made surrounded by leaves and other fall items…it was of several layers and there were little squirrel figurines scampering about on it.

My sister has the full china set that she used at Thanksgiving / I have this for remembrance of that set. ( I have a different dish set of hers and her turkey platter.)


I also put a runner out in the fall…here’s a portion of her elaborate embroidery.


As a young married, I started to have Christmas at my home. My sister took it on one year and was rather stressed out so after that it was a constant that Christmas was with me but Thanksgivings have been all over the place :)


For many years, when the boy’s dad and I were still together, it was at his uncle’s house.  This was a large Italian family gathering.  Many sisters and brothers. Some of the brothers became quite wealthy having started out with recycled tires and later moving into plastics.  This uncle was one of them.

Having said that, I remember taking my MIL to see “Coal Miner’s Daughter” at the movies and tears started rolling down her cheeks at the house with newspapers for wallpaper. That’s the sort of poverty that they grew up in.  She remembered newspaper wallpaper.

candlestick try this one

Back to Thanksgiving at the uncle’s :

We’d go out to the country and turn into a gravel drive and go through the woods for awhile. Turn a bend and hit a clearing and there it was. To the left was a horse stable and fields, directly in front was a long log home on a slight rise with a porch running the expanse of it, and to your right was a large, beautiful lake with a dock. Don’t picture Hollywood horse stables or anything, though…this was just country and rustic. It was rich but didn’t scream it…very tasteful and just enough. It was a man’s home…not fancy at all.

Inside, aside from two bedrooms off to the far right that you couldn’t see, was one large open floor plan. A huge living room with a fireplace to the right side, and then a kitchen / dining area to the left. The table had to have been custom made…it probably sat 20-30 or more. I remember that it was like a long fancy picnic table made out of a tree…in other words, something very well made, and yet not to be afraid of. It had no pretensions. It was to be used.

In the summers this table would be a station for pizza prep, and then these pizzas ( all home-made dough and fresh sauce )  would be taken to outdoor ovens in the back. Oh, the food that was enjoyed at this uncle’s place, both at Thanksgiving and at numerous family gatherings over the years!

Above the lake area, to one side of the house was the deer area. This started with Bambi, an orphan fawn. Bambi was taken in and brought up like a dog.  So Bambi, for a few years, rode in the truck, walked through the house, etc.  After that, the uncle established a large fenced in area for other deer that the game commission would bring to him.

Can you imagine going out there with your young sons who were able to go visit and pet deer and the fawns would nuzzle them and suck on their earlobes? Then, laden down with apples and carrots,  there would be the visit to the horses, and there were several Labs to play with as well. And many other cousins of the same age to run around with indoors and out. And back indoors, there would be Bambi…

And this was the stage of life where us young moms would pitch in a little here and there but the grandmas and aunts were doing most of the work :) Ideal!  Those were the DAYS! :) 

arrangement 2

Later on ,  some Thanksgivings were spent at my sister’s mother-in-law’s home.  And still later, I purchased my current home adjacent to hers.

I do not think that there is a better cook in the world …we’d sit down to a formal table and start with wedding soup. Now when I make wedding soup my meatballs are standard size, along with what I see in restaurants. Hers are the size of your thumbnail. What patience and attention to the smallest detail she has.

Then there would be salad, and then the rest would be brought out…every side dish imaginable and not only  standard fare but Italian specialties such as gnocchi as well.  It was wonderful to be invited there. Over the last few years, since she’s in her 90’s now, I did my own Thanksgiving here for my family and she went out to my sister’s, but I cherish every dinner there that I was able to experience.

When the Thanksgivings were here, I pulled out all of the stops…fancy tablecloth, china, cooking up a storm…and did that for many years.

table view

I get a break this year…the son and DIL want to take it on and one of the reasons is that he wants to invite some co-workers that are not from our area and can’t get home for the holiday.

After all of the various Thanksgivings that I’ve enjoyed over the years…I don’t care if theirs is fancy or rustic. I just know that THEY have a dishwasher and I am glad to pass the torch on, for that reason alone :)

bless us

May we all be blessed with grateful hearts this year and every year whether our Thanksgivings are simple or elaborate, fancy or rustic, small gatherings or large.  God Bless us and God Bless America.

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