Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Leftovers Makeover

[Edited: I am submitting the Turkey Mushroom Pea Pie recipe (below) to Natasha's 5 Star Makeover Challenge.]

I hope all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a nice day yesterday. We had a very nice day even though the toddler’s sleep schedule was completely “off.”

This morning, the teenager and I got up at 4:00 a.m. to hit some stores by 5:00 a.m. We got some good deals, and it was fun having some one-on-one time with him. I am realizing more and more that it’s only a few more months until he is off to college… I also realized this morning that teenagers can be extremely patient when it comes to waiting in a line if it’s for something they want. We ended up standing in line for over an hour to buy two video games ($5/each).

I mentioned before that I’m not the biggest turkey fan, but I do like the dishes I make with the leftover turkey. Last night I made some turkey soup after hubby carved all the meat off the turkey. He actually watched some videos online and did an awesome job carving the turkey this year!

I cooked the bones in about 10 cups of water for 2 1/2 hours with plenty of rosemary and thyme. Every once in a while I skimmed off the foam that built on the top. Then I took out the bones and strained the soup. I also skimmed off the fat after the liquid had cooled a bit. I sautéed some onions, garlic, celery, & carrots and added the soup back to the pot. Lastly, I added some cut up turkey meat. I really enjoy a cup of turkey soup in the morning the day after Thanksgiving!

I also made some Turkey Mushroom Pea Pies with a mashed potato topping.

I started by sautéing 8 ounces of mushrooms. Then I added some frozen peas and cut up turkey meat. I finished the sauce with a few tablespoons of half and half.

I filled my small ramekins with the mixture.

Then I topped the ramekins with leftover mashed potatoes.

I baked the pies in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes got a bit of color.

Questions: Do you like to “make over” your leftovers? Did you hit the stores this morning? Did you get any great bargains? And, finally, you are still flossing, aren’t you?

Be well,



  1. Great leftovers usage! And I'm glad you had a nice celebration.

  2. Great leftover turkey uses! I love making homemade soup...

  3. Nice. I've got a ton of leftovers, too. Now to think of how I can make them into something else. At least, I won't have to cook as much this coming week. lol.

  4. Sounds like a productive Black Friday for you. Video games will have that effect!

  5. Never having cooked a turkey in my life, I wouldn't have a clue what to do with the leftovers but my mom makes Turkey a la King - chunks of turkey in mushroom gravy - and serves it over biscuits.

  6. Flossing, YES! I'm so proud. Using leftovers, definite;y. You are so creative with yours though. The little pies are adorable!! I am going to be using the leftover turkey for soup (like you) and sandwiches. Plus we have a TON of pie leftover, which will just be eaten plain with some home made whipped cream!

  7. I love to make soups...and we sometimes get a "shephards" pie with stuffing as the crust, layer of turkey, gravy, veggies and mashed potatoes on top and baked. Was a childhood dish my mom made.

    sooooo good

  8. Anonymous11/27/2009

    The pea-turkey-mushroom pie is brilliant! Sounds like a version of Shepherd's pie :)

    I usually love leftovers just as they are, so I just eat them plain!

  9. Those little pies look delicious! So nicely browned on top. I love most soups but turkey is not high on my list. I usually limit myself to sliced turkey on a sandwich with spicy mustard. I do all my shopping on-line. No Black Friday crowds for this grandma! lol

  10. Yes, Yes, and Yes! I do like to use the leftovers for something else, like soup! I usually make a really nice turkey and rice soup. And Yes, I got up early, and Yes, we got some good deals, but missed out on the camcorder I really wanted. Oh well!

    Lovely little pies you made. Mine would never look so good!

  11. Those little ramekin meal ideas are just so great - love them!

    Yay for one on one time with the teenager, I love to do that and think that it's so important. I'm an only child so there was ONLY one-on-one time, I make a point of it with my girlies. I just love it.

    YAHOO on some good deals yesterday too!

  12. Oh my, that's such a good idea to put the potatoes on top! I love it! We're actually thinking about having turkey soup - just to use the leftovers but have a lighter meal! :)

  13. Beautiful leftover ideas Andrea!!

    We were lucky enough to be guests at 2 Thanksgiving meals this year, so I had no leftovers in my house...usually I'm not terribly creative though...turkey sandwiches are my favorite!

    We did shopping online yesterday- I'm not a fan of huge crowds...and I think we got some good deals!

    Have a great weekend!

  14. You're so creative! I'm content with the leftovers...delicious food sans the cooking and clean-up! Woot! No shopping for me!! Next weekend : ) I brought my floss to Chicago and am yet to use it. Does bringing it count for something? This is hard!!

  15. Anonymous11/28/2009

    I got up once and only once the day after Thanksgiving, but it was to buy a computer for $400 (probably 11 years ago) and that was a steal back then.

    My husband hates leftovers, so I always have to morph them into something brand new.

    Tonight's dinner - Turkey Tetrazzini! :D

  16. I never have left overs to make over. :( Maybe someday when I have Thanksgiving at my house.

    Oh and I totally bought a new kitchen for my new house, that I don't live in yet...

  17. Love your leftover turkey dishes!!!

  18. Anonymous11/28/2009

    oh... these mini pies are so cute and love the combo of flavors and textures! great job!

    I didn't go to store this morning but I did get up at 4AM (to work) :(

  19. Oh my! They look AMAZING!! Unfortunately, I ate up all my leftovers the same night of Thanksgiving...they were just too good!

    Andrea, please send this to 5-Star Foodie...she's having a Thanksgiving Makeover Challenge!

  20. Anonymous11/29/2009

    Excellent use of leftovers! I especially love the mini-pies! Please let me know if you would like to submit the post for my 5 Star makeover event, it would be a perfect entry -

  21. What a fabulous idea for the pies! They look so good and perfect for the season.

    I have NEVER been shopping on black friday! I'm not a huge fan of shopping even on a normal day--much less fighting untold amounts of people and traffic. Well, I guess if I had loads of money, maybe I would feel different ;)

  22. ohhh looks so good!! I love taking leftover cranberry sauce and turkey and making it into a delicious wrap!!

    good for you for braving the stores on black friday :)

  23. I've never gotten up early to do black friday shopping, I'm too lazy for that!

    Your soup looks exactly like my soup! We were on the same wavelength with leftover turkey!

  24. Wow! I love this ramekins thing-a-ma-bob you did! I gotta do it too.

  25. Your leftover makeover looks incredible--what a great idea!

  26. Hi Andrea, The little pies look great. What size or how many ounces are the ramekins you used? I love Thanksgiving leftovers. My husband loves hot turkey sandwiches the day after. I always make soup, I freeze a large turkey pie and always just love a cold turkey sandwich with mayo and lettuce.

  27. @louise: The ramekins I used hold about 4 ounces of liquid.