I love Thanksgiving and sometimes I think its just so I can enjoy the leftovers! Here are some of my favorite recipes for using up your leftover turkey and stuffing.
Thanksgiving and any of the winter holiday celebrations that follow always means there’s going to be turkey on the table. And that means Thanksgiving leftover ideas. Here are a few of my favorites to change up how you serve your turkey leftovers!
After a few days of turkey sandwiches and platters, you start thinking of other ways of transforming those leftovers into something not quite as recognizable….sigh.
Two of my favorite ways to use up leftover turkey or chicken are pot pies because I love Pot Pies! It’s a comfort food that I remember from my childhood and the perfect meal for a fall or winter night. This year I added a new twist to my Pot Pies making them Gluten Free, and you know you couldn’t tell the difference. So far being Gluten Free hasn’t been too hard and I really feel better!
While I love Pot Pies, Lisa’s favorite leftover creation has to be turkey croquettes and she looks forward to them every time I put a turkey in the oven! If you’ve never had a croquette before, it really is a blast from the past and something you’d find on every diner menu in the tri-state area. Good diner food can be a thing of beauty!
For this rendition of a diner classic, I changed up the recipe and made them even easier than ever to make using leftover stuffing, a little gravy and chopped turkey. Talk about quick and delicious!
My favorite sandwich of all times is what they used to call a Bobbie in the Delaware area, aka The Gobbler around the country. But whatever you call it, call it delicious! Turkey, stuffing, coleslaw and cranberry sauce on your favorite toasted bread….sigh.
Turkey Pot Pie and Turkey Croquettes
Turkey Pot Pie
- 2 cups chopped turkey meat
- 3 carrots peeled and sliced
- 3 stalks of celery cleaned and sliced
- 1 small onion diced
- 3 small potatoes diced skin on
- 8 oz mushrooms sliced
- 4 oz peas optional
- 1 1/2 sticks butter
- 1 cup flour
- 3-4 cups turkey or chicken stock
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Gluten Free or Regular premade pie crust or make your own
- 3 cups leftover stuffing regular or gluten free
- 2 cups chopped turkey
- leftover gravy as needed to make moist
- flour for dusting
- olive oil for saute
Turkey Pot Pie
- Add butter to a large saute pan or pot add all your prepped veggies to butter and saute for about 8 minutes, or until they look partially cooked.
- add in flour and mix well to make a roux in the veggies, turn down heat and continue cooking for about 5 minutes.
- Add in 3 cups of your turkey or chicken stock to make the gravy for the pot pie. If it looks too thick add in another cup of stock.
- Season with salt and pepper and allow to cook on low hear for about 15 minutes. At this point let the mixture cool down a bit.
- Fill each casserole almost to the top with your prepared turkey filling Place premade pie dough on top of filling , and crimp around edges, finished crust anyway you like.
- Brush dough with beaten egg, and make 4 slits in the top of the dough
- Place pot pies in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until the crust gets a rich golden brown color.
- Serve as is or with lightly buttered noodles, or any side you may like. You may also make one big pot pie if you like, just keep your dough in one piece while chilling.
- Mix leftover stuffing with chopped turkey and add as much gravy as you need to make the mixture moist enough to form patties or cones.
- These can be baked or sauteed.
- If pan frying coat croquette with flour and saute in pan with olive oil till lightly brown in color, and place in a 325 degree oven for 20 minutes.
- You can eliminate the pan frying and just place in oven for 20 minutes.
- Serve with gravy and your favorite veggie.
Watch my video and cook along with me!