My Mother's Cooking - Holiday Leftovers - Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie
Turkey or Chicken Pot Pie
My Mother's Cooking
What Is a Pot Pie?
CHICKEN OR TURKEY POT PIE – USING HOLIDAY LEFTOVERS
After my older sister left home, there were often only four of us left for Thanksgiving. That meant that the day after Thanksgiving we would have leftover turkey, stuffing and whatever else was left from the day before.
By the third day, there wasn’t a lot of turkey left and we were looking for something a little different. It was then that my mother would make turkey pot pie. My mother would strip all of the remaining meat off of the bones and cut it up into small cubes.
Since the gravy, stuffing, potatoes and vegetables were all gone by then, she would use canned chicken gravy, frozen vegetables and raw potatoes to form the base and then spoon dumplings made from Bisquick and milk into the simmering liquid.
Obviously, if you still have leftover gravy, potatoes or vegetables, you can use them instead, but we never had any. You can use turkey gravy instead of chicken gravy if you can find any and mixed vegetables would work as well as the carrots and peas.
This recipe can be used for any leftover meat that you have from the day before, For leftover beef, substitute beef gravy and for leftover pork you can still use chicken gravy if you don't have any pork gravy leftover.
I believe that this recipe would also work with leftover ham although I have never tried it. In that case, I think that I might prefer to use a white gravy (Bechamel sauce) instead of a brown one but chicken gravy would also work.
About 1-Lb. of Leftover Turkey cut into small pieces
2-14 Oz. Cans of Chicken Gravy
1 Package of Frozen Peas and Carrot
1 Medium Onion peeled and finely diced
2 Large Potatoes peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
2 Cups of Bisquick
Enough milk to form a heavy paste with the Bisquick
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Warm the gravy in a large ovenproof kettle or Dutch oven.
- Add the chopped onion, diced potatoes and frozen vegetables and simmer about 20 minutes until the ingredients are done.
- Adjust the salt level and pepper to your own taste. Then, stir in the cut-up, leftover turkey and cook 5 more minutes.
- Meanwhile add enough milk to the Bisquick to form a thick paste and drop large spoonfuls of it all over the surface. Be aware that they will double in size when heated so leave some room.
- You can cover them and continue cooking for about 20 minutes on top of the stove, but the Dumplings will not be browned.
- I suggest finishing them uncovered in a 300 F oven until they are lightly browned.
This is a complete meal, but you could also serve a small salad or open up a can of cranberries.
Easy Chicken Pot Pie
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