I HATE leftovers. I know, it’s a hot take and I’m not ashamed. I absolutely cannot stomach the thought of reheating food the next day in the microwave – like it actually makes me gag. However, I hate wasting food more than I hate leftovers, so this leftover Thanksgiving turkey pot pie is the perfect way to utilize that two day old turkey in a delicious and fresh way. Say goodbye to those rubbery bites of two day old microwaved meat – you can’t sit with us, gross leftovers.Jump to Recipe
This turkey potpie does have a little prep work involved, but it’s so worth it in the end. The first step is to make some bone broth with the leftover turkey carcass, scraps and some fresh veggies. Bone broth does take a few hours to perfect, but it’s crazy easy to throw together.
1 carrot, roughly chopped
1 yellow or white onion, roughly chopped
2 stalks of celery, roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic
Handful of fresh thyme
8 cups of filtered water
Salt to taste
In a Dutch oven or large soup kettle, add in the turkey carcass (especially the legs and wing tips – those have tonssss of flavor), chopped veggies, herbs and filtered water. This broth is so flexible, so feel free to add additional spices to your liking such as cayenne, more garlic, pepper, etc.
Bring the broth to a boil, and then lower heat to a simmer and cover. Let it simmer for 4-5 hours – checking every so often to stir it. Towards the end, I like to taste it and add salt as necessary. And that’s it – literally SO easy.
NOW FOR THE LEFTOVER THANKSGIVING TURKEY POT PIE
This leftover Thanksgiving turkey pot pie is the perfect cozy winter meal – it’s filling, sneaks in some veggies and is warm and comforting in the chillier winter months. You can even freeze it and keep it for another time!
I hope this can help you use up those pesky Thanksgiving leftovers in a tasty way that won’t have you gagging at microwaved meat. This meal can also be frozen to be used at a later date.
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Brunette Collective is a lifestyle blog focused on creating happiness through an intentional life, founded by Anna Fenstermacher.