Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

turkey pot pie with homemade pastry
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 55 mins
  • Pastry Prep: 15 mins
  • Yield: Makes 4 to 5 Servings

This turkey pie is easy, and it's a great way to use leftover meat. The recipe can be made even easier with purchased gravy and a ready-made pie crust sheet. Or use the buttery homemade crust included in the recipe.

This is a nice meal to make ahead, too. Make the turkey filling the day before and refrigerate it until baking time. Just top it off with the prepared sheet of pie pastry and bake. You can use an egg white wash and sesame seeds on the turkey pie or, for a softer crust with deeper color, make the egg wash with a whole egg and 1 tablespoon of water.


  • For the Filling
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 1 1/2 cups​ turkey gravy (homemade or purchased)
  • 1/3 cup water (turkey broth or chicken broth)
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream (or light cream)
  • 3 cups cooked turkey (diced)
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups frozen peas and carrots (or mixed vegetables, thawed in a colander under hot running water)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • For the Pie Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled butter (cut into pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons shortening (cut into pieces)
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons water (ice cold)
  • For the Egg Wash
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Optional: sesame seeds

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this turkey pot pie is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Filling

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Lightly spray a pie dish or 1 1/2-quart shallow casserole with nonstick cooking spray. 

  3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and mushrooms and cook, stirring, until onions are translucent and mushrooms are tender and browned.

  4. Stir in the 4 tablespoons of flour, the sage, thyme, and pepper. Cook, stirring until the flour is incorporated and the mixture is well blended.

  5. Stir in the gravy and water or broth. Cook, stirring until thickened.

  6. Add the cream, the turkey, and the vegetables. Heat through. Taste and add salt, as needed. Remove from the heat.

  7. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish or pie plate and let cool while you prepare the crust. At this point, cover and refrigerate the filling until the crust is ready to be filled. (The filling can be made several hours in advance.)

Make the Crust

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large bowl, blend the flour and salt.

  3. Work the chilled butter pieces and shortening (or all butter) with fingers or pastry blender, or use a food processor for the task. (If you used a food processor, transfer the mixture to a large bowl.)

  4. Add a few tablespoon of the ice water and toss to blend. Add more ice water, in small amounts, until the mixture clumps together.

  5. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead a few times.

  6. Gather into a ball then flatten into a round disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Assemble and Bake the Pie

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Roll the chilled dough out on a lightly-floured surface to approximately 1/8-inch thickness.

  3. Place over the pie filling, trimming away uneven excess overhang.

  4. Turn the remaining overhang under to create a thick edge. Crimp and flute the edge as desired. Cover loosely and chill at this point or prepare the egg wash and bake right away.

  5. Heat the oven to 375 F.

  6. Combine the egg white and water, whisking to blend. Brush over the crust.

  7. Cut vent holes in the crust with a very sharp knife and sprinkle the top with sesame seeds, if desired. Place the pie on a foil-lined baking sheet to catch drips.

  8. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the crust is nicely browned and the filling is bubbly. 

  9. Serve and enjoy!