Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry

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Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry baked golden in a green casserole dish and garnished with fresh thyme.

I don’t know about you, but I think leftovers make some of the very best meals. Not only does leftover turkey taste amazing smothered in cream sauce all nestled up against veggies and potatoes, but it ensures that you’ve made the best of your bird with little waste.

Groceries are expensive and we all work hard to feed our families well, which is another reason I’m a fan of leftovers.  They’re great for repurposing into inexpensive meals.  Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry is a great way to use up extra vegetables in your fridge, along with the leftover turkey.  Feel free to substitute the puff pastry for pie crust dough too.  They’re both great options, I just happen to choose puff pastry for this post.

Puff pastry sprinkled with flour and ready to be rolled with fresh vegetables and diced turkey in the background for Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry.

I’ve made this Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry as a one-pan family-style meal.  It bakes up golden with bubbling hot goodness beneath.  It smells amazing and is homey and comforting.  As a child, I ate frozen pot pies, usually when my dad was away to give my mom a break from cooking.  While they’re no comparison to homemade, they emanated what I love about a pot pie and I secretly enjoyed them. I didn’t know any better and I had nothing to compare the frozen version to, so for me, it was comfort food heaven in a little foil dish. Nowadays I opt to make homemade and I hope your family enjoys it as much as I do, but whatever your homey, comfort food is, enjoy it!

A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.

A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.
Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    6-8 people 35-40 minutes
    Cook Time
    30-35 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    6-8 people 35-40 minutes
    Cook Time
    30-35 minutes
    A scoop of Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry from a green casserole dish with serving bowls in the background.
    Turkey Pot Pie with Puff Pastry
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      6-8 people 35-40 minutes
      Cook Time
      30-35 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      6-8 people 35-40 minutes
      Cook Time
      30-35 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven until foamy. Stir in carrots, celery and onions. Sauté for 5 minutes until starting to soften.
      2. Sprinkle in flour and stir to coat all the vegetables. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
      3. Over medium heat, slowly add one cup of hot chicken broth stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil (mixture will be very thick).
      4. Add another cup of broth and stir until smooth and the mixture comes to a simmer. Repeat with remaining broth.
      5. Reduce heat to low and add potatoes, herbs, salt and pepper. Simmer, partially covered for 10-12 minutes until potatoes are almost tender (this will depend on the size of your diced potatoes).
      6. Preheat oven to 425°F.
      7. Meanwhile prep the puff pastry dough if you have purchased unrolled. Dust your work surface with flour and roll pastry to 13"x9" rectangle or large enough to overhang your casserole dish. Dough should be 1/8"-1/4" thick.
      8. Stir turkey and peas into the stew and adjust to taste with salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a greased 12"x8" or 2-quart equivalent casserole dish.
      9. Drape rolled puff pastry over the casserole, pressing the overhang onto the edge of the dish.
      10. Whisk egg and cream together in a small bowl and brush evenly over puff pastry.
      11. Cut 6-8 slits in the puff pastry to allow steam to escape. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and pastry is cooked through. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      -It's important to use hot chicken or turkey broth.  Pouring cold liquid into the hot flour mixture will cause the flour to congeal and you will have lumps in your sauce.  Using hot broth maintains a steady temperature of the mixture allowing all flour particles to become incorporated before the flour cooks.

      -Flour does not reach its full thickening capacity until it comes to a full boil.

      -Use pre-rolled puff pastry dough for more convenience.

      -Be sure to leave an overhang of puff pastry.  If you don't the stew will bubble up over the pastry, preventing it from cooking properly.

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      One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta

      One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta

      Bring on the leftovers!

      Get ready for the inevitable week of turkey leftovers with this creamy and delicious One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta.  It will gobble up 2 cups of leftover turkey while being quick, easy and perfect for the whole family.  This one tastes a little like turkey pot pie, without the pie.  One of the ways I make sure there’s added flavour is to brown the mushrooms nicely.  The trick here is to start with a hot oiled pan, don’t overcrowd the mushrooms and allow them to cook on one side until golden before stirring.  It’s a great way to maximize flavour.  I also like to use flavoured cream cheese for added flavour.  For this recipe, I used a garden vegetable cream cheese, however, herb and garlic would also work well. 

      While this post is geared at using up leftover turkey, you could also use leftover chicken, purchased rotisserie chicken or even frozen cooked cubed chicken. The whole premise is minimal cooking involvement but great tasting creamy pasta cooked in one pot.  

      Being a shift worker, I’m a big, big fan of one pot dinners.  Working nights, I still cook dinner prior to leaving for work, so easy and relatively convenient is a must when it comes to getting dinner on the table. One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta is just one of my go-to meals to make my work week easier. 

      Author:  Compelled to Cook

      One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta
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        Servings Prep Time
        4 people 20 minutes
        Cook Time
        25 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        4 people 20 minutes
        Cook Time
        25 minutes
        One Pot Turkey Mushroom Pasta
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          Servings Prep Time
          4 people 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          25 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          4 people 20 minutes
          Cook Time
          25 minutes
          Instructions
          1. In a large skillet heat oil over high heat. Add sliced mushrooms and allow to cook until golden on one side and moisture is starting to evaporate. Stir mushrooms and cook for an additional minute. Add chopped onion and garlic. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally until starting to soften, 3-5 minutes.
          2. Add wine and stir to deglaze the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes until most of the wine has cooked out. Stir in 3 cups of chicken broth, pasta, thyme and parsley. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low, stirring once.
          3. Whisk cornstarch into remaining 1/4 cup of chicken broth. Stir into pasta and allow to come to a full simmer to reach full thickness. Stir in cream cheese, turkey, peas, salt and pepper. Allow to cook 1-2 minutes to heat turkey and peas. Serve immediately with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

          Italian Turkey Kale Rolls

          Italian Turkey Kale Rolls

          With this weeks wintery weather here in western Canada I can safely say it’s casserole season! Which for me is a great because I love saucy and satisfying dishes that warm the house and fill it with mouth watering aroma. So while I’m not actually crazy about the weather, it does give cause to make Italian Turkey Kale Rolls. They’re a tasty way to warm your belly and beat off this weeks chill.

          Ground turkey is spiced up with Italian sausage, herbs and spices then combined with rice and rolled into kale leaves. Baked until flavours meld and the turkey is cooked through then topped with a sprinkling of cheese and given a quick broil. The resulting roll is tender, full of flavour and laden with tomatoey sauce. These tasty rolls are hearty and satisfying without being heavy, not to mention a great way to eat a little kale.

          I would consider Italian Turkey Kale Rolls a weekend recipe as there’s some prep and an hour long baking time. So a lazy Sunday afternoon is in order. The recipe does make 14 large rolls which for many of us will mean leftovers. Easy to portion out and freeze the leftovers to save for another wintery day when your time is limited.  Enjoy!

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          Italian Turkey Kale Rolls
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            Servings Prep Time
            14 rolls 45 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            63 minutes 5 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            14 rolls 45 minutes
            Cook Time Passive Time
            63 minutes 5 minutes
            Italian Turkey Kale Rolls
            Print Recipe
              Servings Prep Time
              14 rolls 45 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              63 minutes 5 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              14 rolls 45 minutes
              Cook Time Passive Time
              63 minutes 5 minutes
              Ingredients
              Rolls
              Servings: rolls
              Instructions
              Rolls
              1. Bring water and salt to a boil, add rice, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and allow to cool while continuing.
              2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a simmer. Trim the bottom 2-3 inches from kale leaves. Blanch leaves in water for 3 minutes. Remove using a slotted scoop to a cold water bath or cold running water to stop the cooking process. Drain well.
              3. In a large bowl combine ground turkey, Italian sausage, onion, green pepper, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Mix gently just to combine all ingredients. Gently mix in rice.
              4. Preheat oven to 350℉. Lay a kale leaf flat and dab with a paper towel to grab any excess moisture. Scoop a generous 1/4 cup of filling onto leaf and roll leaf over filling, tucking in the sides as mush as possible. If the leaf is not large enough to tuck the sides simply press them around the filling. Place roll into a greased 13"x 9" casserole dish. Repeat with remaining kale and filling, stacking rolls tightly in pan getting 2 rows of 7.
              5. Pour sauce evenly over rolls, cover tightly with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove foil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese if desired and broil 2-3 minutes. Allow to rest for 5 minutes prior to serving.
              Sauce
              1. In a medium bowl whisk together all ingredients and set aside until rolls are assembled.
              Recipe Notes

              I found that it takes 3 bunches of fresh kale to yield the 14 large leaves.  Save the smaller leaves for another use. It may be necessary to trim out about 1" of the center stem from the bottom of the cooked kale leaf to allow the leaf to roll nicely.  Don't worry too much about tucking in the sides as they are packed tightly in the pan and hold their shape when cooked.

              Zesty White Bean and Meatball Soup

              Zesty White Bean and Meatball Soup

              Need a little something to warm you up this winter?  Try a steaming pot of Zesty White Bean and Meatball Soup. It’s not only warming but super hearty and healthy.

              The meatballs take a bit of time to mix, form and pan fry but totally worth the effort.  These little gems are made from ground turkey, chorizo and a host of herbs and spices.  The chorizo amps them up with flavour, fat and spice.  It’s a nice change from using the usual Italian sausage.  Once the meatballs are ready, it’s just a matter of tossing everything together in the pot and allowing it to simmer to tender up the veggies and meld the flavours.

               

              For this recipe I cooked my own cannelloni beans but by all means use canned if you’d like.  There’s really little difference to pre cooking your own dried beans other than a cost savings.  I also chose to use cabbage instead of dark greens, mostly because I love cabbage, cooked, raw, plain or dressed….yes I’m a fan.  But also because it adds substance without being too heavy and cabbage is fantastic with tomato.  Don’t let the long list of ingredients run you off either.  Everything is common and readily available and most of it you probably already have in your house.

               

              I love this Zesty White Bean and Meatballs Soup because it definitely warms you, fills you up and hopefully makes you forget about how cold it actually is outside…..if at least not for the time it takes to enjoy a bowl of soup.  Enjoy!

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              Zesty White Bean and Meatball Soup
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              A hearty and healthy soup loaded with cabbage, beans and zesty meatballs.
                Servings
                6 people
                Servings
                6 people
                Zesty White Bean and Meatball Soup
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                A hearty and healthy soup loaded with cabbage, beans and zesty meatballs.
                  Servings
                  6 people
                  Servings
                  6 people
                  Ingredients
                  Meatballs
                  Soup
                  Servings: people
                  Instructions
                  Meatballs
                  1. In a food processor bowl combine chorizo and garlic, process until chorizo is broken down into tiny chunks. Set aside. In a large bowl whisk together egg, onion, oregano, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Stir in ground turkey, parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and chorizo garlic mixture until just combined.
                  2. Form into meatballs using approximately 1 tbsp of mixture per meatball. Once all the meatballs have been formed, heat oil in a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs in a single layer and pan fry until golden on all sides, about 12 minutes. Scoop out meatballs onto a paper towel lined plate, reserving fat from skillet.
                  Soup
                  1. In a large pot or dutch oven use 1 tbsp of fat from the meatballs and sauté onions and celery over medium heat until starting to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add meatballs, cabbage, diced tomatoes, broth, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Cover and bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 20 minutes. Add cannellini beans and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve immediately with crusty bread.
                  Recipe Notes

                  Makes approximately 10 cups of soup.

                  Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise

                  Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise

                  Are you compelled to treat the special father in your life to a BBQ this weekend? Get your grill on for these flavourful and juicy Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise. Not only is a BBQ synonymous with summer, it also resonates fun, sunshine, time with family and community spirit. These wonderful burgers will be sure to impress yet leave you time to spend with friends and family.

                  In this recipe the Italian sausage adds some much needed fat to the lean ground turkey, giving the burger more flavour and moisture. The sausage by its own nature also brings spices such as fennel, garlic, and oregano to the mixture. The basil mayonnaise adds a refreshing creaminess to the burger and creates a wonderful combination.

                  Be sure to mix thoroughly so the Italian sausage is evenly distributed, however you still need to take care not to over mix. By making a shallow indentation in the center of each patty it will help prevent it from shrinking too much and leave a uniformly round patty. thekitchn.com has a great blog demonstrating patty forming and whether or not the indentation actually matters.

                  Make the most of your sunny weekend and treat dad to the BBQ he deserves with Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise.

                   

                   

                  Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise
                  Italian Turkey Burger with Basil Mayonnaise
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                  A flavourful and juicy turkey burger topped with a refreshing basil mayonnaise.
                    Servings Prep Time
                    6 people 15 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    10 minutes
                    Servings Prep Time
                    6 people 15 minutes
                    Cook Time
                    10 minutes
                    Italian Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise
                    Italian Turkey Burger with Basil Mayonnaise
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                    A flavourful and juicy turkey burger topped with a refreshing basil mayonnaise.
                      Servings Prep Time
                      6 people 15 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      10 minutes
                      Servings Prep Time
                      6 people 15 minutes
                      Cook Time
                      10 minutes
                      Ingredients
                      Italian Turkey Burgers
                      Basil Mayonnaise
                      Servings: people
                      Instructions
                      Italian Turkey Burgers
                      1. In a small bowl whisk together egg, onion powder, garlic powder, dry mustard, pepper and salt. Set aside.
                      2. In a medium size bowl gently mix together ground turkey, Italian sausage, onion, red pepper and parsley. Add egg mixture and breadcrumbs and mix with hands until well combined.
                      3. Form into approximately 4- 41/2 ounce patties 1/2 inch thick, making an indent in the center of each patty.
                      4. Preheat grill to medium high. Lightly brush each patty with oil and grill for approximately 5 minutes per side or until 170℉ is reached. Remove from grill and serve with Basil Mayonnaise.
                      Basil Mayonnaise
                      1. In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.
                      Recipe Notes

                      Recipe Source:  Compelled To Cook