Friday, November 23, 2012

What To Do With Leftover Turkey

I was trying to be rescourseful. We had just finished a miniature "Thanksgiving" meal with some guests from out-of-state and had two chicken carcasses left. (With lots of meat hadn't been touched.) Chicken and Turkey are interchangeable and Chicken Pot Pie came to mind.

This recipe is especially good (and seems especially better) when you don't use canned soups in it and do use a real pie crust! Here's the recipe that I found:


Chicken Pot Pie from Scratch

Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie
  • 2-3 Cups Diced or Shredded Cooked Chicken (You can also use a pre-made rotisserie chicken or else cut a couple chicken breasts into pieces and boil with the vegetables.)
  • 1 Cup Sliced Carrots
  • 1 Cup Sliced Celery
  • 1 Cup Diced Potato
  • 1 Cup Frozen Green Peas
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Chopped Onions
  • 1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Poultry Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 Phyllo Dough Sheet (Can also make with unbaked pie crusts, or simply serve the filling with rice. See tips below!)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the carrots, celery, potatoes, and peas (as well as the cubed chicken if it's not yet been cooked). Add water to cover and boil for 10-15 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened to your liking.
  3. Remove from heat, drain, and set aside.
  4. In the saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and then cook the onions until soft.
  5. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and poultry seasoning. Whisk for a minute until blended.
  6. Slowly stir in the chicken broth and milk, whisking to make sure all of the flour gets blended.
  7. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick, and then remove from heat.
  8. Gently fold in the veggies and chicken.
  9. Pour into individual ramekins or a single oven-safe dish.
  10. Cover with the phyllo dough, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow the steam to escape.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.
  12. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.
This recipe can be made a number of ways. If you prefer to use two pie crusts, simply pour the filling into one, cover with the other, and extend the baking time to 35 minutes.
If it's just the two of you, try making to individual pot pies in small ramekins, and then save the rest of the filling and pair with some steamed rice for a delicious leftover over dinner.

What do you do with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

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