These Turkey Hand Pies are handheld comfort food! They feature savory turkey pot pie filling that's packed with leftover turkey and encased in a flaky pie crust. Make some for now, and freeze the rest for later!
You are going to want to plan to make these after Thanksgiving, trust me. In fact, plan to make the dough ahead of time when you make all the pie dough for your Thanksgiving Pies. It will save you a big step in getting these made! These Leftover Turkey Hand Pies are exactly what post-holiday comfort food looks like. A light but savory turkey filling is tucked into a butter crust and baked into hand-held pies.
I love making this leftover recipe into hand pies because the pies can be frozen (baked or unbaked) for an easy dinner later on in the holiday season when things start to get really hectic.
If you are looking for a more family-style option, check out this Turkey Pot Pie recipe. The filling is a different recipe than this one (it has a more traditional Thanksgiving flavor) and uses leftover puff pastry or pie dough scraps. This Chicken Pot Pie is a another variation on this style of savory pie, geared less towards the holidays, but still great at this time of year.
So, let's get to making it, shall we? The article below is full of useful information. You can jump around using the menu below, or skip to the end of the article for the full recipe.
Ingredients Needed and Substitutions
Here is a brief overview of the ingredients needed for this recipe. The full recipe with quantities is listed below this text in the recipe card.
- leftover turkey (of course you can also substitute chicken for this!)
- leftover roasted veggies (if you don't have any of these, substitute frozen veggies such as a peas and carrots mix)
- turkey or chicken stock (would be awesome if this was homemade from Thanksgiving, but store-bought is fine too)
- herbs and spices: salt, pepper and dried thyme
- pie dough ingredients: butter, flour, salt, apple cider vinegar, and water
- white wine vinegar (or fresh lemon juice would work here, too)
- egg wash
Step-By-Step Recipe Overview
This is a quick visual overview of the steps needed to make this recipe. This is not the actual recipe, which is located at the end of this article and has much greater details to ensure success.
Step 1: Make the pie dough.
Step 2: Make the hand pie filling.
Step 3: Roll out the dough and cut it into 3x4-inch rectangles.
Step 4: Brush some egg wash on the edge of the pastry and place turkey filling in the middle.
Step 5: Place another piece of dough on top and seal it with a fork.
Step 6: Cut off the edges of the sealed pastry with a bench scraper.
Baking Turkey Hand Pies
The filling is already cooked in these hand pies, so when baking, the primary concern is to bake up the crust.
To bake, preheat the oven to 425ºF and set a rack to the second lowest position in the oven. This small step will ensure a crisp crust. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes, or until the pie dough is lightly golden all over.
Make Ahead Options
While you can certainly eat a hand pie super fast (it's so easy because they're handheld!), it takes quite a bit longer actually to make them. Luckily, the steps can be broken down and spaced apart to make things easier.
The pie dough should be made ahead of time. That will make working with the pie dough easier, and will result in better hand pies. Pie dough keeps well for at least 2-3 days in the refrigerator, or 3-6 months in the freezer. The pie dough can also be rolled out ahead of time, too.
The turkey filling can also be made a day ahead, especially since it needs plenty of time to cool. You never want to put hot filling inside pie dough--it will melt it. Plus, making it ahead of time lets the flavors meld together, just like any good stew.
Freezing Turkey Hand Pies
These Turkey Hand Pies can be frozen, unbaked, for up to 3 months. Freeze them flat on a sheet tray for 24 hours. Then, transfer them to a bag with as much air removed as possible. The pies can be baked straight from frozen, but will require about 10 extra minutes to bake.
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