Just a quick note to wish you and your families a happy, safe and tasty Thanksgiving! Whether your feast is at a table set for twenty, or is an intimate dinner for two, I wish you a day filled with joy, love, plentiful eats, and lots of laughter.
Today, I am grateful not just for the bounty on my table, but for the abundance of love that graces my life and those that I hold most dear to me, we are very lucky people, indeed. I am also, of course, grateful for all of you and your continued interest in our little food blog, thank you so much for being a part of our community and cooking along with us every week.
This is a re-post of a recipe I did some time ago but I thought it might prove useful for all of you looking for new ways to re-purpose Thanksgiving leftovers. Use it as a template for combining whatever you have left for turkey and veggies into a free-form "pie-less" turkey pot pie.
Cheers – Steve
Turkey Pot Pie-less
- 1/2 fennel bulb, cored and diced
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 4 cups, chard, spinach or kale, stemmed and chopped
- 1 cup peas
- 3 sun dried (or oven roasted) tomatoes, minced
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 8 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)
- 1 cup plain greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon finely mined tarragon
- 2 teaspoon finely minced thyme
- 5-6 cups diced, cooked turkey
- 6 pre-made (or scratch made) buttermilk biscuits
- Heat the oven to 400℉. Toss the fennel, carrots and sweet potato in a bowl with a little EVOO and some salt and pepper. Pour out onto a rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven until nicely caramelized and tender, about 25-35 minutes. Stir once about halfway through cooking. Remove from the oven and reserve.
- Put a large pot of salted water on and bring to a boil. Set up a large bowl full of ice water. Add the chard or kale and blanch for 2-3 minutes. Remove the greens from the pot and plunge them into the ice bath. Let sit until completely cooled, then remove with your hands, squeeze out any residual water and reserve.
- Rinse out the blanching pot then put it back over a medium flame. Add the butter, and when it has melted add in the flour and whisk continuously until it has browned slightly. Add the chicken stock and wine and cook, whisking occasionally until it has thickened to a sauce consistency.
- Whisk in the yogurt and dijon, then add the roasted vegetables, the turkey, peas, minced tomato, chard, and the herbs. Cook until heated through, then lower the heat and add the cream (if using). Check for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Pull from the heat and cover to keep warm.
- Split each biscuit, coat the cut surface with butter, then toast (butter side down) in a skillet set over medium-low heat until nicely browned. Remove each biscuit to a plate, cover the bottom of each biscuit with a helping of the chicken mixture, top with the other half of the biscuit and serve.