Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes: Turkey Pot Pie with Mashed Sweet Potato Topping

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I bought a 23.5 pound turkey for Thanksgiving. There were four of us. As a result, it will be "Thanksgiving Leftovers Week" at Food Blogga's.

I'm kicking things off with my favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe: Turkey Pot Pie with Mashed Sweet Potato Topping. This turkey pot pie is chock full of savory turkey meat, tender vegetables, and an herb cream sauce. With the sweet potato topping, it deliciously evokes memories of the recent feast (but without the football this time).

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Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Pot Pie with Mashed Sweet Potato Topping
Serves 6-8
Print recipe only here.

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup diced yellow onions
1 cup diced peeled carrots
1 cup diced celery
3 cups whole milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
5-6 sage leaves, finely diced
1 medium sprig rosemary, finely diced
1/4 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups cooked diced turkey meat
1 cup frozen peas
3 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes (If they aren't already seasoned, then add 1/2 cup milk and 2 tablespoons butter to the mashed potatoes and heat a for a couple of minutes on the stove top.)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a large baking dish, such as a 10-12 inch round or an 11 X 7 rectangular dish with cooking spray. (You could also make individual pot pies in small dishes or large ramekins.)

2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute 5-7 minutes, or until just tender. 

3. In a medium bowl, whisk milk and flour, until flour dissolves. Add herbs, salt, and pepper.

4. Add turkey to the vegetables. Add the milk-flour mixture. Stir occasionally until the sauce begins to thicken. Stir in the peas. Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes, leaving about 1/2-inch space between the potatoes and the dish. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until the sauce begins to bubble around the edges and the potatoes are lightly browned.

You might also like these holiday recipes from Food Blogga:
Persimmon and Date Bread
Winter Jewel Fruit Salad
Turkey, Proscuitto, and Gorgonzola Sandwich
Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Cranberries, Raisins, and Pecans

You might also like these turkey pot pie recipes:
Leftover Turkey Pot Pie recipe from White Trash BBQ
Turkey Pot Pie recipe from Kalofagas
Upscale Turkey Pot Pie recipe from The Expatriate's Kitchen

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