Turkey Pot Pie

It’s turkey leftover day! Are you still completely and totally stuffed from yesterday’s feast? Or are you ready for round two after giving your tummy a night of rest? I am currently burning calories by outlet shopping on this Black Friday. It sounds a little crazy I know, but it’s become a tradition for my Chief Culinary Consultant and it’s so much fun. Get bundled up, go shopping, stop for an Auntie Anne’s pretzel in the food court halfway through, and then usually cap off the day with dinner at a local restaurant then home to watch the Pens game. It’s a perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

Now, back to the matter at hand: turkey leftovers. On Wednesday I shared the Turkey, Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup that you could use leftover turkey in, and today I bring you this pot pie. Not only can you use up leftover turkey, but you can also use up leftover mashed potatoes too! Much like the turkey leftovers casserole that I shared last year, the mashed potatoes make up the “crust” of this pot pie. Say it with me: Mmmm!

I love this turkey pot pie – it’s warm, comforting, and puts a little bit of a spin on your classic Thanksgiving leftovers. I love the addition of mushrooms and peas, and of course eating the mashed potatoes too! Don’t let those leftovers go to waste – reinvent them into something new and delicious!

Do any of you have big Black Friday shopping plans for today? Maybe some of you were already out at midnight and are sleeping off the shopping hangover? This pot pie would also be a good cure for that 🙂

One year ago: Thanksgiving Leftovers Casserole

Turkey Pot Pies

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

A great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers!


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
12 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1¾ cups chicken broth
3 cups cooked turkey meat, skin removed, cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup frozen peas
4 cups mashed potatoes


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, with the rack in the upper third of the oven.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion, mushrooms and thyme to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are golden brown and softened, about 12 minutes. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, until the flour is pale golden, about 2 minutes. Stir in the broth, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the skillet, and simmer until thickened, about 4 minutes. Stir in the turkey and peas. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Transfer the turkey mixture to a 2-quart baking dish or eight broiler-proof 8-ounce ramekins; set on a rimmed baking sheet. Spread the potatoes over the turkey mixture. Bake until the filling is bubbling and the potatoes are golden in spots, about 20 minutes.

4. Turn on the broiler and move the rack to the top position. Broil until the potatoes are evenly golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

(Recipe adapted from Everyday Food, November 2011)


17 Responses to “Turkey Pot Pie”

  1. Choc Chip Uru on November 25, 2011 at 4:03 am

    This is a fantastic spin off on what I know as leftover casseroles, patties etc
    It seems perfect for avoiding wastage which the world needs more of 🙂


  2. Katrina on November 25, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Great way to use up leftovers!


  3. Diana @ a girl, a dog & an oven on November 25, 2011 at 7:20 am

    Yummy! This looks so delicious. We always have the same traditional stuff for the Thanksgiving meal, which is always yummy but not very adventurous, so I love every year looking for new ways to serve up leftovers!


  4. Jennifer@Peanut Butter and Peppers on November 25, 2011 at 7:52 am

    When I read your title Potpie, I was thinking there would be a crust involved. Love that it was potatoes! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!!


  5. Julie @ Table for Two on November 25, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Mmmm..looks awesome!!


  6. Lori on November 25, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Thanks for posting. I don’t know if I will have any turkey left to make this after the sandwiches lol. Just want to tell you that I made your cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. It was a real hit. I doubt if I will ever buy the stuff in the can again!


  7. Tara on November 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

    This looks great but what makes this different from a Shepherd’s Pie?


    • Michelle on November 26th, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Hi Tara, My understanding is that shepherd’s pie uses lamb or mutton, but I’m sure you could use any type of meat.


  8. CouponClippingCook on November 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    What a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. Love that this is seasoned with thyme…it sounds so delicious.


  9. Ann on November 26, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Wow – that looks absolutely amazing! Probably the prettiest turkey pot pie I’ve ever seen! Happy (day after) Thanksgiving!


  10. Jill @ MadAboutMacarons on November 26, 2011 at 5:19 am

    This looks so delicious and comforting. Hope you enjoyed your shopping paradise and restaurant – great idea! Learning the US terms here since never heard of Black Friday before. Sounds a bit sinister but you’ve livened it up with the shopping spree! Enjoy your weekend.


  11. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes on November 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    YUMMY!! Love this recipe so much.


  12. I’m loving all these turkey leftover recipes. I can use every one of them since I have more bird left than was eaten. Too bad they don’t make 8-pound turkeys! This looks delicious. No, I didn’t go shopping yesterday. I’m not a fan of malls anyhow and when I know they’re going to be crowded, I go out of my way to avoid them. It was a stay-at-home day for us. 🙂


  13. Kim Bee on November 27, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Looks absolutely delicious. Great use for leftovers. Congrats on top 9!


  14. Amy @ Gastronome Tart on November 27, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I have way too much turkey leftover. This would be perfect!


  15. Mia on December 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    This looks yummy! We don’t have mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving, so I might try it with my standard pie crust on top. I’m excited for the mushrooms and thyme!


  16. Coby on November 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    This Thanksgiving was the first year that I actually made something with my leftovers, instead of just eating them twice a day for five days! This turkey pot pie was fantastic, and the first time that any of my kids actually ate mashed potatoes. They typically don’t like them, but they scarfed them down with this dish! Definitely a keeper.


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