If you still have some leftover turkey in the fridge, you’re in luck! This is a quick, easy recipe that will help you use it up, and–bonus–you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand!
Now, I’m cooking for one, so this recipe serves 2 generously, but you could easily double the recipe and serve your whole family. Make it work for you!
(Leftover) Turkey Potpie
Serves 2 generously
1 T. Smart Balance Light or other buttery spread (you could use butter as well)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 T. flour
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup turkey or chicken broth–OR leftover gravy
1 cup frozen mixed veggies
3/4 cup leftover turkey, diced or shredded
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 pre-made pie crust (or homemade if you are ambitious!)
salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 425.
Heat Smart Balance over medium heat until melted. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook about 5 minutes until softened. Sprinkle flour over top and cook 1 minute or until flour is absorbed. Gently whisk in milk and broth, and whisk constantly for 3-5 minutes until bubbly and thickened. Add veggies, turkey, and poultry seasoning and reduce heat to low. Allow flavors to combine while you set up your crust.
In a small baking dish, lay out the pie crust. The dish should be small enough that you have quite a bit of crust going over the sides. I used the green one on the right:
Gently press the crust into the dish, and pour the turkey mixture into the middle. Carefully fold the crust over the top, sealing the edges. Cut a few slits in the top to allow the heat to escape, and bake 30-40 minutes.
Full disclosure: I did eat the whole thing. I do not recommend this. It is neither healthy nor necessary as this is very filling, but my stomach was all stretched out from all that Thanksgiving eating, so it felt like the right thing to do.
What is your favorite thing to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers?
Melissa Woodson is the community manager for @WashULaw, one of the premier law programs offered through Washington University in St. Louis that allows foreign attorneys to earn their LLM degree online. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and making half-baked attempts at training her dog.