This year I had a lot of Thanksgiving leftovers. This is quite a different from the past couple years when I’d made thanksgiving dinner my whole family; this year, however having moved 1000 miles away, I was on my own, but still wanted to make a full dinner, simply because I enjoy the hours of prep.
I decided to make pot pies with the leftovers and was interested to learn that it’s still a legitimate pot pie without any sort of crust or pastry top. See Wikipedia for details on that; it seems logical to me that a pot pie cooked in a pot instead of a crust.
For the pot pies I used all the leftover turkey breast and green bean casserole (that I had topped with broken sweet potato chips). The green bean casserole is based on Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, so I added some half and half (sparingly!) to make the pot pie sauce, and stirred in the turkey cut to bite size. I cut and sautéed some carrots, and also tossed in some frozen peas. Lastly, I seasoned the mixture generously with thyme and filled individual-sized baking dishes and put them in the freezer.
These simple pot pies reheat from frozen in 1 hour at 350° F, covered with aluminum foil. Once warm (i.e., boiling a bit – check that it’s thawed by stirring), I topped it with a dinner roll and put it back in the oven for ~5 minutes (max).
Thankfully, these taste great – since I made 8 of them… and they were simple and fun – no recipe or measuring needed!
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