Monday, November 30

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes: Turkey Pot Pie with Mashed Sweet Potato Topping

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I bought a 23.5 pound turkey for Thanksgiving. There were four of us. As a result, it will be "Thanksgiving Leftovers Week" at Food Blogga's.

I'm kicking things off with my favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe: Turkey Pot Pie with Mashed Sweet Potato Topping. This turkey pot pie is chock full of savory turkey meat, tender vegetables, and an herb cream sauce. With the sweet potato topping, it deliciously evokes memories of the recent feast (but without the football this time).

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Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Pot Pie with Mashed Sweet Potato Topping
Serves 6-8
Print recipe only here.

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup diced yellow onions
1 cup diced peeled carrots
1 cup diced celery
3 cups whole milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
5-6 sage leaves, finely diced
1 medium sprig rosemary, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups cooked diced turkey meat
1 cup frozen peas
3 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes (If they aren't already seasoned, then add 1/2 cup milk and 2 tablespoons butter to the mashed potatoes and heat a for a couple of minutes on the stove top.)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a large baking dish, such as a 10-12 inch round or an 11 X 7 rectangular dish with cooking spray. (You could also make individual pot pies in small dishes or large ramekins.)

2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute 5-7 minutes, or until just tender. 

3. In a medium bowl, whisk milk and flour, until flour dissolves. Add herbs, salt, and pepper.

4. Add turkey to the vegetables. Add the milk-flour mixture. Stir occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken. Stir in the peas. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes, leaving about 1/2-inch space between the potatoes and the dish. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the sauce begins to bubble around the edges and the potatoes are lightly browned.

You might also like these holiday recipes from Food Blogga:
Persimmon and Date Bread
Winter Jewel Fruit Salad
Turkey, Proscuitto, and Gorgonzola Sandwich
Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cranberries, Raisins, and Pecans

You might also like these turkey pot pie recipes:
Leftover Turkey Pot Pie recipe from White Trash BBQ
Turkey Pot Pie recipe from Kalofagas
Upscale Turkey Pot Pie recipe from The Expatriate's Kitchen

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Cookie baker Lynn said...

This looks wonderful! One of those rare recipes where you might make the turkey, just so you have leftovers to make this!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love leftovers. That recipe is awesome!



Hilary said...

We always have a leftover turkey pot pie in my family - it's one of my favourite ways for using up the meat and veg. Love the sweet potato topping idea.

The Duo Dishes said...

Leftover turkey was thrown into a pot pie at our house! It's the only way to repurpose all that goodness. This mashed sweet potato topping is really nice.

Cooking with Michele said...

I WISH I had leftovers! I had two 15 pound turkeys for11 people and by the time everyone took their "to go" bag, we had nothing left!

Mardi Michels said...

Looks wonderful and I love the use of sweet potatoes!

Karen said...

Phew! A 23# turkey for four people! Let's see... turkey soup, turkey tetrazzini, turkey sandwiches, turkey lasagna, turkey salad... :)

The Leftoverist said...

I am woefully without Thanksgiving leftovers at my house, but reading about yours almost makes up for it...

The Teacher Cooks said...

I really like this new twist with the sweet potato topping. By the way Happy Birthday yesterday!!

The Teacher Cooks said...

Sorry about the Birthday comment another blogger!!! Take the comment off if you like.

ExpatChef said...

Thanks for the link! Hope you are doing well this holiday season!

Debbie said...

That is one terrific leftover dish. Way to go!!!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

A wonderful use of the leftovers all over the United States this week Susan.

Cakelaw said...

Yum! I'd want to cretae leftovers just so I could make this hearty pie. Christmas dinner leftovers, here we come!

Rambling Tart said...

Ohh, such a pretty topping! Love the color and think it's a splendid diversion from the usual mash and cheese. :-)

Abby said...

We had T'giving lunch with Brad's family - well over 100 people! (Our son was the 49th GREAT-grandchild. Can you believe that?)

I ate no turkey. Fried chicken, all the way. (When in the South...) But I'm down with this pot pie! Brad would love it - post-Thanksgiving.

Unplanned Cooking said...

So funny. I was thinking next year I am going to put all the leftovers in the freezer, and take them out when I'm hungry for turkey again.

Although this recipe is tempting :).

Ben said...

looks great, thanks....

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Makes me wish I'd cooked a traditional Thanksgiving meal, just to have leftovers to make this pie.

lisaiscooking said...

The sweet potato topping sounds great, and I love the color!

Christine said...

I love the sweet potato topping, Susan. And I'll bet I could leave the flour out without affecting it too much. (?)

Stephanie Stiavetti said...

Oh! I could totally make this GF.

Homemade Heaven said...

Super Yummy! I agree with Lynn, it's worth making turkey just for this!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan! I made this last night and my family loved it! And I loved it cause it's so much easier than making a crust. Thanks a bunch!!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

My daughter made this for us and it's amazing! Thanks for sharing.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

lynn-thanks! I think so too. :)

rosa-Thank you!

hillary-It's a nice change from the pie crust topping.

duodishes-It's the way to go!

michele-Ah, yes, the "to go" bags wreak havoc on leftovers.

mardi-Many thanks!

karen-Wait. I'm writing them down. ;)

leftoverist-OK. Now that's ironic, since your name is the leftoverist.

teachercooks-No prob! It was my dad's b-day, so we'll count it for that.

expat-You're welcome!

debbie-I appreciate it.

val-That's for sure.

cakelaw-It'll be perfect for post-XMAS leftovers!

ramblingtart-How kind of you!

abby-49th? That truly is hard to believe. I don't ever remember people eating fried chicken on T-Day when we lived in NC. Fried turkey, yes!

ben-You're welcome.

lydia-Maybe for XMAS?

lisa-I like the color too.

christine-I think so. Can you eat cornstarch?


rosethorn-Aw, thanks!

anonymous-I love that it's easy too. Thanks for letting me know!

lynn-Yay! I'm so happy you liked it.

unplannedcooking-I think that's a great idea, actually!