Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers: Mini Turkey Pot Pies

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving are the leftovers, and I am already thinking about what I'll do with them. We quickly get tired of eating leftovers as is and enjoy them a lot more if they are turned into something new. Turkey soup is very popular in our house, but our favorite way to eat Thanksgiving leftovers is this:

Mini Turkey Pot Pies with a Mashed Potato Crust

  • Leftover turkey, cut into small pieces
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • Peas (frozen and thawed peas work very well)
  • A little half and half (or stock to make it lower calorie)
  • Leftover mashed potatoes (this year I’ll be experimenting with smashed sweet potatoes)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
What To Do
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Sauté mushrooms in a little oil for a few minutes.
  3. Add frozen peas and turkey meat.
  4. Add a few tablespoons half and half (or stock).
  5. Season mixture with a little salt and pepper
  6. Fill small ramekins 3/4 with the turkey/mushroom/pea mixture.
  7. Top with mashed potatoes.
  8. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes have a nice golden color.

It’s a really quick and simple way to turn “boring” leftovers into something new and “exciting.”

If you are celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, I wish you a happy and stress-free holiday. I hope you’ll enjoy some good food and some good company and that your house will be filled with fun and laughter.

Questions: Do you like Thanksgiving leftovers? What’s your favorite way to eat them? Feel free to link to your favorite recipes.

Be well,


  1. Oooh! I love pot pies!!!

  2. This looks just incredible! I always end up making a capriottis style bobbie with leftovers..turkey, cranberries, and stuffing on bread. My post thanksgiving treat!

  3. Yummy! It's a whole new meal! I think I'll be making turkey soup this year. There is a Chinese soup my grandma makes with leftover turkey called "jook" that I adore. If I have leftovers after that, I'll make your pot pies :) (That is very likely, since I have a 10 lb turkey and TWO people!)

  4. @Krista: Yes, and I don't make them often enough!
    @Kristen: Sounds delicious!
    @Lara: I love turkey soup, especially with kimchi in it... :)

  5. Anonymous11/22/2011

    I love this mini pot pie! so cute! :)
    I've never had thanksgiving leftovers before but I thinki will have a lot this year! :)

  6. Brilliant! Love the mashed potato crust!

  7. I love this Andrea. I may have to use it at work for a "leftovers" demo (actually, we call them planed-overs).
    The other day I made turkey salad with leftover turkey, and I used greek yogurt instead of mayo. That's one of my favorites! I then added fig, celery, salt, and pepper. I served the salad on smokehouse almond chips!

  8. @balancejoyanddelicias: Thanks! :) Enjoy your leftovers!
    @Pam: The potato crust is my favorite part.
    @Gina: Love the term planned-overs! Your turkey salad sounds wonderful!

  9. Ommgshhh!~~This is genius Andrea!! ahhh it looks so delicious that maybe I'll just skip the whole turkey ritual part and go over to leftovers, haha.

  10. Pot pies are awesome!! I love that you used the mashed potatoes on top... So much simpler than making a crust. Happy thanksgiving!

  11. Such a great idea!!! Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving Andrea!

  12. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Andrea! Love your idea with the leftovers. :D

  13. I generally don't like any leftovers for more than one day or so, but this looks very good. Anything with cream is A+ in my book. I might even try this, just wish I had mushrooms.

  14. @Ellie: To be honest, I like the pot pies more than the turkey dinner... :)
    @Heather: Yes, a lot easier than making a crust! Happy Thanksgiving!
    @Kasey: Happy Thanksgiving, Kasey! I hope things are going well!
    @Biz: Happy Thanksgiving!
    @Linda: I generally don't mind leftovers, but my family doesn't like them. The pot pies are great since they really feel like a completely new meal.

  15. Anonymous11/24/2011

    happy thanksgiving andrea! hope you had a nice day with your family.....love this turkey pot pie idea!

  16. Anonymous11/25/2011

    Yummy pot pies! A great use of leftovers for sure. I just ate leftover turkey as a cold cut on a baguette with mushrooms and gravy :)

  17. @Kalli: I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!
    @5StarFoodie: Thanks! Your turkey baguette sounds yummy!

  18. FABULOUS idea and so easy too!! I don't have much turkey, since we ate at my in-laws, but I do have mashed potatoes and veggies, so Mabel I'll make a vegetarian version. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  19. Those look amazing, and I'm making some extra mashed potatoes JUST so we can make some. :)

  20. @EA: LOVE the idea of a vegetarian version!
    @Jeremy: Hope you liked them! And, yes, I think it's totally worth it to make some extra mashed potatoes to make these! :)

  21. Andrea, what a fabulous idea for leftovers! These pot pies look amazing.

  22. Brilliant!!! My favorite left overs are turkey sandwiches. Exciting, right! ;-)