Leftovers….the best!

What we like best the week after Thanksgiving are the leftovers….turkey paninis with cranberry mayo, turkey soup loaded with veggies and the meat that fell off the bone, reheated turkey and dressing.  All are terrific the second time around.

A not very good photo, but by the time I realized it we’d eaten the pie!

This year the house favorite was turkey pot pie.  I make pot pies with chicken and lobster, but for some reason I never thought to make one with turkey, and it was oh so good.  I wonder if baking it in the old iron skillet had anything to do with how well it turned out!  In any case, pot pies are such comfort food and not at all difficult to make.

Turkey Pot Pie

1/3 c. butter

1/3 c. flour

1 1/2 c. each chicken broth and milk

1 medium onion, chopped

1 c. each carrot and celery, chopped

2 c. frozen hash brown potatoes (I usually use potatoes but didn’t have any on hand and the hash browns worked great)

1 c. frozen green peas

3-4 c. chopped turkey

1 T. herbes de Provence or your favorite savory seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

2 9″ pie crusts

Make a sauce by blending flour into melted butter and stirring about a minute.  Add milk and stock and cook until thickened, stirring occasionally.

In a large skillet or stock pot, saute onion in 2 T. butter until softened, add celery and carrots and cook for about 10 minutes.  Stir in remaining ingredients and the sauce and mix well.

Line a lightly greased skillet or baking dish with one pie crust.  Pour in filling and top with remaining crust.  Brush with egg white, cut slits in the top to allow steam to escape.  Bake at 350 for one hour.

On this night we were able to have dinner on the patio, no fancy table required as just being able to enjoy being outside this time of year was gift enough.  I did, however, want the table to smack of comfort as did the pot pie.

A bouquet of flowers dance on the tablecloth, a favorite purchase years ago at a Provence market.  Picking up the colors were various hued Fiesta plates accented with Tuscany Rose pieces from 222 Fifth.

Green thumbprint glasses, candles in these delightful holders from Pier One and the table was ready for casual at home dining.  For me, every table doesn’t have to be a work of art but it does need to reflect the character of the food.  Somehow that makes everything taste better!

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18 thoughts on “Leftovers….the best!

  1. Turkey pot pie sitting at your lovely table would be very special.

  2. Hi Lulu,
    I just love the colors for your table theme and that Turkey Pot Pie would sure be a winner here at The Cottage. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. Leftovers are definitely the best!!…love your table and I have the same napkin!!…My friend brought me some when she was over in France years ago!!!…

  4. Katherines Corner November 30, 2012 — 8:53 pm

    thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo

  5. Hi there! I didn’t host dinner this year, so no turkey leftovers to work with. Turkey pot pie sounds good, though. I can remember eating the Banquet ones when we were kids. (My Mom was not exactly a gourmet cook! :-)) I liked the crust on them, and I can still taste it. Mmmmmm! Homemade pot pies are the best, though, and using just the right seasonings is key. Your recipe sounds terrific!

  6. Thanks for the recipe. I’ve been wanting to make this with my leftover turkey. Maybe this weekend?

  7. What a fabulous way to use up the leftovers. We ate sandwiches for a few days and then I froze the rest. I will have to make a pie. I love your table. I haven’t seen the green thumbprint glasses, but then again I hadn’t seen the amethyst ones either! They are just beautiful and so versatile in green.

  8. That pie looks great I agree the left overs are the best!

  9. To bad I did not see this post before we finished all the leftover. The pie looks so good! Beautiful tablescape too!…Christine

  10. Your pot pie looks like pure comfort food. I’m with you… I love leftovers and creating meals from them.

  11. Love the idea of a turkey pot pie! yours looks fabulous. I love your pretty table. A fabulous tablecloth.. xo marlis

  12. I LOVE turkey pot pie and yours looks marvelous! Your table is oh so pretty.

  13. The pot pie looks wonderful…so does the table.
    I haven’t had lobster pot pie since I grew up in New England!

  14. your table looks lovely Lulu, and the pot pie even better!

    1. Yep, the pot pie was the winner this night.

  15. Hey there….I am going to Austin to see Shane and his family this weekend and will take the turkey pot pie along (with black skillet!). Looks and sounds yummy.

    1. Shane, etal, won’t be unhappy if you show up with this!

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