I realize this recipe is coming probably after everyone has done away with their Thanksgiving leftovers BUT if you are like me, I always wind up freezing a bunch of my leftover turkey. So, for those of you who have some leftover, I want to share my favorite recipe using leftover turkey. It takes a little more time then some other recipes but it is so yummy (and since I really only have leftover turkey once a year) I make the extra effort.
4 T. butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1/4 c. flour
1 1/4 c. chicken or turkey stock
1 1/4 c. milk
1 t. crumbled or powdered dried sage
3/4 t. dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
2 c. diced cooked turkey
2 c. mixed veggies
pie dough, store bought or homemade
1 egg yolk
1 T. milk
1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium-low heat. Stir in the onion and celery. Cover the pan and cook 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then stir in the flour. Increase the heat slightly and continue to cook and stir for another minute.
2. Add stock to the pan, whisking to evenly blend it all. As the stock starts to thicken, whisk in the milk, sage, thyme, salt and pepper. You may need about 1/2 t. of salt.
3. Stir in the turkey and veggies and simmer, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
4. Grease (don't be stingy) a 2-qt. round, shallow casserole (aka. pie pan) Transfer filling to the casserole and smooth the top. Let the filling cool for about 15 minutes. Heat oven to 400*.
5. Prepare your dough for the top crust. Place dough so that it is centered on top of the filling. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk and milk for the glaze. Lightly brush the glaze onto the crust, then use a fork to poke 4 or 5 steam vents in the pastry.
6. Bake on the center oven rack until well browned, about 40 minutes. Tip- slide an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet onto the shelf below the pie to catch any spills. Transfer the pot pie to a colling rack and cool for 10 minutes before serving.
This recipe doesn't quite go along with my transition to vegetarianism but I'm also not one to just throw away bunches of extra turkey. Hope you enjoy!
Running the race,