How to Make Delicious Turkey Pot Pie.

Scrumptious turkey pot pie (and I NEVER use the word scrumptious) filled with peas, carrots, turkey and just the right amount of gravy.  These pot pies are the epitome of comfort food and the best way to use up leftover turkey.

Delicious turkey pot pie in a flakey crust served on antique ironstone plate.

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This is – for real – a delicious turkey pot pie recipe.  I know because I have very acute memories from my childhood to compare it to.  Ah, the sound of the little cardboard box opening, the frost covered mini aluminum pan landing on the counter with a thud.  Always, ALWAYS served with a bottle of ketchup and canned peas.  Some nights if we were very lucky and the pot pies had been sitting in the freezer for long enough we could actually taste the metallic aluminum with every bite.

Easy Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

These kind of meals were not uncommon in my neighbourhood at the time.  Every kid who ran outside after dinner to play a quick game of hide and seek either had fish sticks, frozen pot pies or canned mushroom soup on their breath.   Mothers worked, frozen stuff was always on sale and kids would eat it because it was a non threatening shade of beige and all pretty much tasted the same; like salt.

Years later, when I had moved out on my own, I picked up a frozen chicken pot pie I realized they were actually gross. The great pot pie recipe development began.

I found a recipe online that acted as a good base and over the years I’ve changed it over and over again until it’s now ready to present to the world.

Hot from the oven turkey pot pie set on antique harvest table.

This is an easy recipe. Don’t worry about it. You can do it.  But when I say easy, I mean it isn’t difficult to make, but you ARE going to make it, from scratch. 

The best part is you can use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving to make it, which is exactly what these you’re looking at are made out of.  After Thanksgiving I stripped the remaining meat off of my turkey and the turkey I pilfered from my friend.  (Every year I pilfer at least one Thanksgiving turkey carcass from a friend or neighbour.) Those two turkeys gave me over 20 jars of delicious turkey broth (here’s my recipe) and several of these delicious dinners.

Mini pie plates filled with pastry and turkey pot pie filling on marble countertop.

You can make your own pie dough or just use a frozen crust.  You can make it BIG or you can make small individual ones. I used disposable aluminum pie tins from the Dollar store but I just saw that Amazon has reusable 5″ pie plates that would be perfect for meat pies.

PASTRY TIP:  For a perfectly balanced crust use 60% butter and 40% lard.   100% lard and your crust will be so flaky it’ll fall apart.  100% butter and it’ll be too dense.  I find 60/40 is the perfect ratio.

I often use this recipe from Ashley English of Small Measure but I use the 60/40 butter and lard ratio instead of 100% butter.  It’s from her cookbook A Year of Pies.

You can make it with more sauce or drier with less sauce.  It, like all recipes, should be adapted to your own tastes.

It’s filled with chunks of turkey (you can use chicken if that’s what you have), peas, carrots and seasoning.  Nothing weird.  Nothing you won’t have on hand.  Well … except the celery seed.  You might not have that and it is CRUCIAL.  The celery seed is what gives it that indescribable but delicious flavour.

It took a while to figure out the ratio of liquids I liked.  I like the pot pie to be creamy and gravy filled but I don’t want it to be so filled with gravy that it oozes all over the plate when you cut into it.  If you’re an oozer I’ve got you covered in the recipe, with an adaptation for you.

Fork full of turkey pot pie covered in flakey pastry and oozing gravy and vegetables.

 

If you’re short on time (say maybe it’s a weeknight) you can make a quick version of this recipe by taking these shortcuts:

  • Use a precooked chicken. (if you don’t have leftover turkey)
  • Use frozen pie crusts.
  • Use frozen peas and carrots. (you can get a mixed bag and use that!)
  • Use 2.5 cups of canned chicken/turkey gravy.

DELICIOUS AND EASY TURKEY POT PIE

This delicious dinner can be made in advance and frozen, ready to pop into the oven on a blustery winter night. Freeze after assembly, then cook from frozen for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
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Course: Winter entree
Cuisine: English
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 372kcal
Author: Karen

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cooked turkey cubed or shredded
  • 1 cup carrots diced small
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup celery sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup butter*
  • 1/3 cup flour*
  • 1/3 cup onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 2 cups chicken broth*
  • 1/2 cup milk*
  • 2 unbaked pie crusts
  • *If you like a pot pie with a lot of gravy oozing out of it then double these ingredients.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C)
  • Combine carrots, peas and celery in a pot with the chicken broth.
  • Bring it to the boil then simmer it with the lid on until veg are tender.
  • Remove vegetables from the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer them to a bowl.
  • (DO NOT DRAIN AWAY YOUR BROTH ... you'll need it later)
  • Cook onions in butter in a saucepan until translucent.
  • Whisk in flour, salt, pepper and celery seed.
  • Slowly whisk in reserved chicken broth and the milk.
  • Simmer until thick and gravy like.
  • (NOTE: if you have gravy leftover from Thanksgiving dinner you can simply use that as your gravy base and omit the broth and milk. You'll need 2 1/2 cups of gravy.
  • Add the vegetables and chicken to your saucepan of gravy and mix.
  • Pour mixture into pie shells, cover with top crusts and seal.
  • Cut slits into top of crust so steam can get out.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden.

Notes

An Even Easier Way.
  • Use a precooked chicken. (if you don't have Thanksgiving leftovers)
  • Use frozen pie crusts.
  • Use frozen peas and carrots. (you can get a mixed bag and use that!)
  • Use 2.5 cups of canned chicken/turkey gravy.
To Cook from Frozen
Bake in a 425 degree oven for 50 minutes (or until bubbling).

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5pie | Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 671mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3128IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg

The really great part about these delicious pot pies is the fact that you can make it in advance and then pop them in the freezer.  Just like mom used to make.


Questions & Answers

Can these be made in advance? – You bet! You can make these in advance and then freeze them unbaked until you’re ready to eat them.

Can you freeze pot pie filling? – Again, yes!  If you’ve made extra filling you can freeze that for up to a year for best quality.

What to serve with turkey pot pie? – It’s really a whole meal in itself, but if you like to have a side (I do!) then serve it with a salad. Roasted carrots or peas would also work really well with it and if you want to go BIG a classic side dish for pot pie is french fries.

I don’t like peas. Can I make this pot pie without peas? – You can do whatever you want with this pot pie! Add mushrooms (I mean, supergross, but you might like it), take away peas, use no top crust … do whatever you want.  This is how I make it and how I like it best.  Use this as a guide.  But if you don’t put peas in it people will think you’re a weirdo. You know, normal people who like peas.

 

 

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How to Make Delicious Turkey Pot Pie.