Today is Black Friday, which elicits images of long lines wrapped around mass retail stores full of people chomping at the bit to get inside and spend their money on "unbelievable" deals. It's like the Olympics of shopping for some. It's also probably the worst work day of the year for those on the front lines of the retail business. My day after Thanksgiving have never gone down that way, though. I'm usually at home in my pajamas eating leftovers and maybe doing some online shopping. In fact, I am writing this post between bites of key lime pie. And I may have one tab open with some items in my shopping cart and another playing ridiculous Black Friday shopper videos. 🙂 I'm also scheming on making a couple of thanksgiving leftovers turkey pot pies with the dinner remnants currently in the fridge.
Dessert pie leftovers are pretty straightforward--you just eat them until they are gone. Add ice cream, whipped cream, no fuss. The turkey and it's savory companions are a little more complex. You can fix plate after plate of those leftovers in any number of combinations if you're trying not to get bored OR you can make something entirely new with your leftovers. And that's what we're doing here: thanksgiving leftovers turkey pot pies. Each year, I take my favorite cuts of turkey (breast and thigh, FYI) and combine them with veggies (like these simple roasted carrots) and a few other ingredients to make a couple of turkey pot pies. Making these Thanksgiving leftovers turkey pot pies only takes five minutes of prep then 30 minutes in the oven. You can't even make a real dent in your Netflix queue in that amount of time.
When I was in college and grad school, I would take these back to school with me after Thanksgiving break and freeze them in order to have homemade, effortless meals on hand once finals rolled around and attempted to drain the life out of me. I have made these pot pies again to use as my work week lunches. The recipe is below but if pot pies are not your speed, I have also included a few of my favorite Thanksgiving leftovers recipes from other amazing cooks below:
Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Ideas
- Turkey and Stuffing Cakes from @sisterzinthekitchen on Instagram
- Leftover Thanksgiving Panini from Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman
- Turkey a la King from Karin at allrecipes.com
I hope you and your family enjoy these turkey pot pies well into the rest of the holiday season. And, if you're already in the Christmas spirit, get all the feels here. Thanks for reading!
- 4 cups turkey cut into chunks
- 2 pie crusts you can use pre-made crusts or follow my crust recipe in the notes section below
- 4 cups leftover or frozen veggies of your choice (such as green beans, carrots, peas, corn)
- 2 cups leftover gravy
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 clove garlic minced
- black pepper to taste
- 2 pearl onions, chopped or about ⅛ of an onion, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Divide turkey, veggies, onion, and garlic in half and add to two 8-inch pie or cake pans.
Add gravy to each pan then sprinkle in black pepper. Mix pie filling ingredients together in each pan.
Top each pan with one pie crust and pinch or tuck in the edges of each. Cut four slits in the center of each crust and brush with egg.
Bake each pie for about thirty minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Let pies set for about thirty minutes before cutting. Cool completely before freezing.