Thursday, January 3, 2013

Turkey Pot Pie

I love pot can hide veggies, left overs, the dregs from that bag of frozen peas you found hiding in the back of your freezer.
We had A LOT of turkey left over after our family Thanksgiving.  Hating to see that turkey go to waste I froze a bunch of it.  I'm trying to use out some of my freezer stash so I reached for a household staple...pot pie.  This pot pie is baked in a glass 9X13 dish and topped with biscuits.  It's super flexible and relatively quick to put together.  It's also inexpensive; a great meal for those of us on a tight grocery budget.  You could use chicken, or even pork in place of the turkey and you could use any type of vegetable you'd like as long as you keep the proportions roughly the same.  If you didn't want to make biscuits you could always use one of the 'pop top' biscuits. 

3 cups cooked, shredded turkey (you could chop it, but I prefer the texture of the shredded)
1 cup carrot, 1/2" dice
1 russet potato, 1/2" dice
1 turnip, 1/2" dice
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 1/2 cups turkey stock
1 TBSP fresh thyme (you could leave this out, but I grow it in my garden year round)
5 TBSP butter
5 TBSP flour
1 recipes worth of biscuit dough

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
In a large pot (I use a 5 qt) place the turnip and potato, cover with 1" of water.  Once the water is at a boil cook for 5 min.  Add the carrot and cook an additional minute.  Drain and set aside.  This can be done as much as 6 hours in advance.  

 In the same pot (Have I ever mentioned I HATE doing dishes?).  Melt the butter over medium heat.  Saute the celery, onion and thyme with S&P until softened, about 5 minutes.  Sprinkle the flour over the veggies and stir.  You need to sprinkle it as opposed to dumping it in; this will cause a clumpy mess.  Once the flour is incorporated begin adding in the stock.  Pour it in slowly while stirring, otherwise, you guessed it, it turns into a clumpy mess.  Once the stock is added crank the heat to medium high and bring the gravy to boil.

Once the mix is at a boil add in the turkey, potatoes, turnips, carrots and peas.  Stir to combine and allow the filling to boil once again.  Once it is heated through pour it into a 9X13* glass baking dish and top it with your biscuits.  I go with 12 biscuit pieces over the top.

Cook the pot pie in a 400 degree oven for approx 12 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown.  Allow this to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

As always I hope you and yours enjoy!

 *You could also use a slightly smaller baking dish for a deeper pie.  I have fit this in an 8X11" before.  If this is the case cut the biscuit dough into 9 pieces and bake 2-3 minutes longer.

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