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,