Monday, November 24, 2014

What To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers: Mini Turkey Pot Pies with a Mashed Potato Crust

To be honest, I am never overly excited about the Thanksgiving meal. I like turkey alright, but it’s far from being my favorite.

While the actual Thanksgiving meal isn’t my favorite, I love what I make with the leftovers every year: individual turkey pot pies with a mashed potato crust. They are really tasty, and I love the built-in portion control.  

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 (it’s also really tasty 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. 
Questions: Do you like turkey? As I said, it’s not my favorite. What’s your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal? I started making smashed sweet potatoes a few years ago, and they are now my favorite part of the meal, but I try to fill up on salad and green veggies. How do you plan to stay active this Thanksgiving holiday? I’ll start Thursday with a 1.5-hour barre class, and we are going to go on a 4-mile family hike in the afternoon. We have also planned long walks and/or hikes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Be well,


  1. Not particularly fond of poultry, in general. Will eat it, but could never overdo. ;)

    I'll be dancing before we head to in-laws of my oldest daughter. There will be the usual over abundance of food, but instead I'll be focusing on the camaraderie of one of the nicest families I've ever had the pleasure to know. :)

    1. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving - holidays that are about the people instead of the food are so much better! :)

  2. This looks really good! I like turkey, but we aren't going all out this year. Too hard with the toddler (when he was a baby, we went to Legoland. Last year, we bought a pre-made meal. This year: pre-cooked turkey breast and sides.)

    I have been trying to lose the 2 year old "baby" weight. In November, I decided to amp it up by giving up alcohol, wheat (bread/pasta), sugar, and fried foods (chips). It's important to note that these were NOT a big part of my diet, just occasional foods, maybe once a week.

    Well, I've lost 6 lbs in 4 weeks (that's a lot for me, I'm only about 10-12 pounds from my goal). While I totally miss bread, I can't help but notice the difference. So the idea of having a pot pie without the wheat looks really great.

    Not sure about how to stay active. In the past I've done a 4 mile race, but I cannot run anymore, too many injuries. I may try to make it to the Y and do my 1500 yd swim. Usually I go at 5:30 am but the gym doesn't open that day until 8 am. Might be a bit too busy.

    1. Good job on losing the weight. Alcohol, wheat, sugar, and fried foods can make a big difference... I stopped eating gluten almost two years ago, and it has made a huge difference (partly because I am quite sensitive to it and have digestive issues, brain fog, etc. when I eat it). But not eating bread and pasta also makes weight maintenance a lot easier.

      Have a great Thanksgiving, Marcia!

  3. LOOKS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love turkey & sweet potatoes all year round!

  4. Andrea, this is a great way to use up the Thanksgiving leftovers! Thanks for sharing your recipe! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  5. Andrea you are a life saver. I have to do something with that big old turkey and this looks like a wonderful recipe and something different from the same old. I am definitely going to use this.