Got leftover turkey? Make this Turkey Pot Pie! With a creamy turkey, veggie, and cranberry filling baked underneath puff pastry or pie crust, this cozy dish is a must-make after a holiday meal.
Some of my favorite holiday meals I look back on fondly aren't the ones served the day of the holiday, but the ones I created with leftovers. Personally, I love leftovers because there are endless ways to create something brand new and unique with ingredients that are already prepped! This Turkey Pot Pie is a perfect an example of this.
Like my Leftover Turkey Hand Pie recipe, I developed this pot pie recipe to use turkey leftover from a holiday meal. The filling very much has a vibe of Thanksgiving. It has a touch of white wine to add some dimension, a savory turkey filling with fresh rosemary, and my favorite part: a hint of sweetness thanks to added dried cranberries. It's like a Thanksgiving dinner reinvented in a savory pie. There is plenty of flexibility to swap in whatever veggies you have on hand leftover from the meal or even to use chicken if you need to!
So, let's get to making it, shall we? The article below is jam packed 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 cooked turkey (or chicken can be substituted)
- onion + carrots (at the very least use a fresh onion, but other leftover veggies from the holiday meal can replace the carrots)
- dry white wine (use any kind you like the taste of)
- fresh rosemary (don't skip this, it really lends the perfect flavor to this filling)
- salt and black pepper
- butter + flour (to make a roux)
- turkey or chicken stock
- dried sweetened cranberries (if you have leftover cranberry sauce, that could be used instead)
- frozen peas (or other veggies you have leftover--see more on this below)
- fresh lemon juice
What Baking Dish Works
Any 9-inch or larger pie dish will work, or you can use a 2-3 quart baking dish. You could even make this in individual ramekins (like this Beef Pot Pie recipe)! It really comes down to your preference. The baking time is largely the same for both, with a slightly shorter bake for individual pot pies.
Don't have leftover pie crust? There are a few options here on the site you could use.
- Butter Pie Crust (classic and so delicious)
- Sour Cream Pie Crust (so tender!)
- Cream Cheese Pie Crust (just like a butter pie crust, but with a slightly improved flavor, because cream cheese makes everything taste better!)
- Whole Wheat Pie Crust (you'll need to make a double batch, as this recipe only yields 1 pie crust)
Kelli's Best Tips
- The turkey filling must be at room temperature (or colder) before adding the pastry on top, or else the pastry will melt. One tip for quickly chilling the pie filling is to transfer it to a shallow container so it has more surface area to cool down quicker.
- It's easy to make the filling (and the dough if you need to) ahead of time, either by a day or a few hours. Then, assemble and bake it when needed.
- Got lots of leftover turkey? Make a double batch, one for now and one for later! You can freeze it unbaked or baked. It will last up to 3 months in the freezer either way.
Pot pies are a great candidate for making ahead and freezing (like this Chicken Bacon Ranch Pot Pie)! They can be frozen with the pastry unbaked, or with the pot pie fully baked.
To Reheat: Defrost in the refrigerator overnight. Then, bake the pie at 400ºF until the filling is bubbling. If possible, place an instant-read thermometer in the middle of the pie. The inside of the middle of the pie needs to be a minimum of 170ºF. If you don’t have a thermometer, you can stick a knife in the middle of the pie, and then feel the metal to see if the filling is hot or not. It should be piping hot, not lukewarm.
You can also check out this post on How to Bake a Frozen Pie for more tips.
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