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Follow this easy recipe to make creamy and delicious Turkey Pot Pie with your leftover turkey. A simple mixture of tender turkey chunks and a simple vegetable medley in a creamy, flavorful sauce. All topped with flaky puff pastry instead of a standard pie crust to make preparation even simpler.
Sometimes I think that our family looks forward to turkey sandwiches even more than Thanksgiving dinner (same with Turkey Meatloaf!). But we still seem to end up with a lot of leftover turkey and Turkey Pot Pie is the perfect way to enjoy it!
This is a riff on my Chicken Pot Pie recipe, the main differences are skipping the step on cooking the meat and seasoning with sage instead of thyme because I think that turkey and sage were meant for each other.
Though this Turkey Pot Pie tastes rich and creamy, there is just ⅓ cup of half and half in the whole recipe. If you'd like it to be richer, you can always swap in heavy cream and increase the amount to ½ cup or more, or top with decadent squares of Lard Pie Crust instead of puff pastry. Or skip the crust all together, as we sometimes do, just serve the filling in a bowl, aka Turkey Pot Pie Soup (similar to this Chicken Pot Pie Soup).
How to Make Turkey Pot Pie
Step 1: Butter 4 1-½ cup baking dishes and set aside. Cook and stir onion in a large saucepan until softened. Stir in remaining vegetables. Add chicken broth and sage; bring to boil. Simmer until vegetables are nearly tender, about 6 minutes.
Step 2: Meanwhile, make a roux by melting butter in a small saucepan and whisking in flour all at once. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes to remove the flour taste.
Step 3: Stir cooked turkey and roux into broth mixture; bring to simmer. Cook and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in half and half and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Step 4: Divide mixture among baking dishes and top each with a puff pastry. Bake at 400°F until pastry is puffed and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes and serve!
Turkey Pot Pie
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ onion finely chopped
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes diced
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dry sage
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 2 ½ cups cooked turkey meat cut into 1-inch cubes
- ⅓ cup half and half
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 7 ounces all-butter puff pastry divided into 4 equal rectangles or squares sized to fit your baking dishes, also (see recipe notes)
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Butter 4, 1 ½-cup individual casserole or pie dishes and set aside.
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add onion, lightly sprinkle with salt to sweat liquid and keep from browning; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes until softened. Add carrots, celery, and potato; cook and stir 2 minutes more. Add broth and sage; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 6 minutes or until vegetables are nearly tender.
- Meanwhile, make a roux: heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add butter. Once butter melts, add flour all at once. Whisk constantly for a minute or two, just to cook out the raw flour taste.
- Add cooked turkey and roux to broth mixture and stir to combine; bring to simmer. Cook and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in half and half and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Divide mixture evenly between 4 prepared dishes. Arrange dishes on a cookie sheet to catch any splatter. Top each dish with a puff pastry square and transfer to oven.
- Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until pastry is puffy and golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
- Use your favorite all-butter puff pastry or make your own Quick Whole Wheat Puff Pastry.
I had no sage, so I used thyme. Super easy and fast. I did cook the root vegetables a little longer because everyone sick here and I need to be done quick. Also substituted one cup of chicken broth for 1 cup of beef broth for extra flavor. And no half and half!
It came out , no to bad! And I can’t cook.
Marissa Stevens says
Hi, Beckx! Glad you enjoyed this and made it your own!
My roux was like a soup consistency so I had to reduce it for quite a while. Did I do something wrong?
Marissa Stevens says
Hi there, Kim. hmmm...the roux should definitely not be soupy. Somehow I think you ended up with too much butter or too little flour. If you watch the recipe video, you'll see the consistency that it should be with the amounts in the recipe.
My oldest ALWAYS wants turkey tetrazzini, but I think he'd still stop by and gobble up your turkey pot pie! I know Bill would love it as would I!
woohoo! I hope you give it a try, Liz! 🙂
Jeff the Chef says
Your family and mine, too! Thanksgiving is a fun meal, but the leftovers are even more fun. I love how you put this pot pie together. I'm visiting relatives in Michigan, and they're having such cold weather that this pie would be the perfect way to deal with the chill!
Food is my favorite way to deal with the chill! 😉 Thanks so much, Jeff! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Katherine | Love In My Oven says
Pot pie is a favourite around here, but I've never tried making it with puff pastry! It's a great idea! Happy Thanksgiving, Marissa!
Thank you, Katherine! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
I love this idea for using up Turkey leftovers! A person can only eat so many sandwiches right? Happy Thanksgiving, Marissa!
Exactly! Then you have to get creative! 😉 Thanks, Kelsie!
These turkey pot pie look and sound fantastic, Marissa; I'm even a little jealous that we already celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada. After all, the best part of the turkey...is its leftovers, right? And the combo of chicken and sage is one of my favourite, too!
Thanks so much, Ben!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
I love making pot pie with those turkey leftovers...I think I enjoy it just as much as the main turkey dinner. And this looks wonderful, Marissa. I have a chicken pot pie recipe coming up...it's definitely that time of year for all the comfort food, isn't it? Love it!
Thanks, Dawn! Yes it is the season...bring ALL the comfort foods! 😉
David @ Spiced says
Holy cow, Marissa...these pot pies look amazing! I think one of the best things about Thanksgiving is the leftovers, and this is one awesome way to use leftovers. Talk about comfort food central! In fact, I might do this with some of our leftover turkey this year! Those pictures are making me hungry. 🙂
aww, thanks so much, David! Hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
yum this looks delicious - not that we have a lot of turkey except maybe at Xmas- sometimes. turkey is not such a huge deal in australia. cheers sherry
Thank you, Sherry! I didn't know that about Australia... Other than ground turkey for meatloaf, we usually only have it at Thanksgiving and I like it so much that I always wonder why.
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Perfect for all the extra turkey Marissa! Pot pie is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of fabulous comfort food! Looks delish!
That makes two of us, Mary Ann! Thanks so much!
Leanne | Crumb Top Baking says
I love turkey dinner, but I must admit, I look forward to the leftovers more! Turkey sandwiches and turkey soup are the best! And now I have another delicious turkey recipe to add to the mix. That puff pastry on top just seals the deal!
haha, thanks Leanne! Leftover turkey really is so versatile!
Dorothy Dunton says
Hi Marissa! I love all pot pies, but turkey is my favorite, especially topped with puff pastry! When I was in my early twenties the company I worked for gave every employee a fifteen pound turkey at Thanksgiving. I would make Thanksgiving dinner for my family (my parents, brother and I) so I always had a lot leftovers. I always made individual pot pies to freeze afterwards; They were a real treat for me bing a poor working girl! I'll be making some of these after Thanksgiving!!
Hi Dorothy! What a great gift from your employer and I love the idea of making these and freezing them for some cold, busy (or lazy!) evening! So excited that you're going to try this version! xo
Love this idea for leftover turkey and in individual servings, perfect to cozy up with on a cold night!
I like how you think, Kevin! Thank you!
The truth is I don't care for turkey but I like pot pie. So I'll be looking forward this after the holiday. Thank you!
That's fantastic, Kate! 🙂