4 pie crusts (2 top and 2 deep dish bottom)
1 1/ 2 cups turkey, cubed
1/ 2 cup cooked peas
1/ 2 cup cooked carrots
2 stalks celery, chopped (optional)
1 onion, chopped
4 tablespoons butter
1/ 2 cup flour
1 cup turkey / chicken broth
1 cup half and half
Salt and pepper
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoon half and half
1. Prepare bottom pie crusts, place on a cookie sheet.
2. Oven to 450 degrees.
3. In a bowl add cooled carrots, peas and cubed turkey, sprinkle with salt and
pepper. Toss together till mixed well. Place into pie crusts, filling a
little more than half way. (Don’t over fill piecrusts.)
4. In a medium pot, melt butter, sauté chopped onions and celery, cook till
5. Add flour to sauté buttered onions. With a wooden spoon blend in flour
quickly. Pour in turkey or chicken broth slowly into the flour mixture under
a low/medium flame, constantly stirring. As the sauce thickens, slowly add
the half and half, continuously stirring. Continue stirring until the sauce
is well blended. The sauce will be smooth, but light. (It thickens as it
bakes, so don’t make the sauce too thick in the pot.)
6. Pour sauce over the turkey mixture in the piecrusts, filling almost to the rim
of the piecrust.
7. Place top piecrusts over the pies, pinching the dough around the edges. With
a knife, make slits over the top piecrusts. Take your egg yolk and half and
half, mix together and with a pastry brush, brush the top piecrusts.
8. Bake for 15 minutes on high oven temp. Lower oven to 350 degrees and continue
cooking for 30 to 35 minutes more. After removing pies from the oven, let
them sit for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve hot.
9. ENJOY – Homemade Pot Pie, there is nothing better!
Thanksgiving has one turkey on one day, but that one turkey keeps on giving for many days more. There are so many ways to use up leftover turkey, besides the traditional turkey sandwich the next day. I always make my turkey pot pies after Thanksgiving. There is nothing like a piece of homemade turkey pot pie for dinner on a cold winter evening to warm one’s heart! What else warms one’s heart? How about heat for starters! I was out of power for almost two weeks and I really missed having heat in the house.
This Hurricane Sandy that hit us on the east coast gave us a run for our money; lives, homes and power were lost. I was one of the lucky ones; I only lost power. But others were not so lucky. Homes, cars and the possessions of one’s lifetime destroyed. Possessions such as videos of your children, your mother’s china, photos of your family, etc., the irreplaceable items of a person, all gone in an instant.
But here we are at Thanksgiving time, grateful and thankful for what we have. Our family tradition is that each person says what they are thankful for after we say grace. This year I think it may be more meaningful than ever. I know what I will be saying when my turn comes: I will start by saying how thankful I am for right here and now, this very moment. Every minute of every day is a gift and I try to always remember that. I am grateful for those still in our life and able to share our table. And to all my family and friends, I thank you for being a part of my life, my memories and my future to come. Happy Thanksgiving.