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Here’s a holiday-themed confession for you: I’m actually pretty indifferent about Thanksgiving dinner. I mean, sure, it’s delicious and all, but what I get really excited for are the leftovers. All year, I wait for that moment on Thanksgiving night when the kitchen is clean, my jammies are on, and I can happily dig into a turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich while I sip on a glass of wine and watch Elf (because everyone knows the Christmas season starts as soon as you get up from the Turkey Day table). That sandwich is worth all the work of cooking the massive meal. That sandwich is stuff dreams are made of.
And then, by about day three of having my favorite sandwich for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I’m so sick of it that I can’t imagine ever wanting another turkey sandwich (until next year). That’s when I start to bring out the other uses for leftover turkey. Turkey soup is good. But turkey pot pie is even better.
I know most people make pot pies with pie crust or phyllo dough (or even canned crescent rolls—don’t knock it ’til you try it, it’s delicious), but I’m a biscuit kinda girl, and I love topping turkey pot pies with biscuits. These sweet potato biscuits are an amazing way to complement the turkey-veggie filling underneath. It’s like a supercharged version of biscuits and gravy. Yum.
My favorite part of this recipe is how adaptable it is to whatever leftovers you have kicking around. Put in chicken instead of turkey. Throw in your leftover veggies from Thanksgiving dinner (Brussels sprouts, green beans, whatever). Switch out the sweet potato puree for pumpkin or squash puree (or leave it out all together). Half it if you just have a few leftovers. Double it and share it with friends and family if you have lots. This recipe is incredibly flexible—really, it’s pretty much impossible to mess up.
We were lucky enough to have a whole bunch of smoked turkey leftover from Canadian Thanksgiving when I went to make this dish. My dad was in charge of the turkey this year, and he brined it in apple cider, and then smoked it beer-can style for hours and hours on Thanksgiving morning. It was, without a doubt, the most moist and delicious turkey I’ve ever had. We all agreed that we’ll never roast a turkey again! Bonus: the oven didn’t have to be on all day heating up the house.
And the smoked turkey was absolutely incredible in this pot pie! Non-smoked turkey or chicken would also work great, but if you can get your hands on some that has been through a smoker, I highly recommend it.
I’m a big fan of turkey soup, but I think this might be my new favorite way to repurpose holiday leftovers.
Repurpose your Thanksgiving leftovers in this hearty Turkey Pot Pie topped with fluffy, flaky sweet potato biscuits.
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Those biscuits look glorious!! This is a perfect turkey leftover recipe. :)
Hi, I love the recipe but could I sub oil in place of the butter here? Thanks :)
You can in the filling, but I wou recommend it in the biscuits.
We’ve smoked a turkey every year for Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. My Grandpa started it out, then moved to my dad, and now my brother uses his awesome, self-taught, natural culinary skills to roast us the most delicious turkey every year! I look forward to smoked turkey on the Thanksgiving table all year!
I’ve made a creamy soup recipe with veggies, wild rice and the leftover smoked turkey. So good! The smoke adds a great flavor.
Any chance you can share the brining and smoking how to’s for the Turkey?
Smoking the turkey was my Dad’s job, so I don’t have the details, but it was so good, I’ll try to convince him to do it again so I can take notes!
I didn’t grow up in the U.S., so we don’t have any big Thanksgiving traditions yet – except when it comes to my favorite part, the leftovers. Every year, my husband and I light a fire, grab a plate of perfect leftovers, and snuggle up in front of Dan in Real Life.
I have never made a pot pie/casserole/bake with a biscuit topping like this before! Definitely a recipe I need to try, curious to know what it tastes like.
I’ll admit it, I really enjoy the canned biscuit dough on my pot pies. The past few years, I’ve made up a bunch of “TV Dinners” with all the fixins. Those same leftover that get boring are a real treat a few weeks later. Plus you have instant meals during the pre-Christmas madness.
For the sweet potato puree are you using canned or fresh? If its fresh I should just boil the sweet potatoes first before pureeing them, is that right? Sorry I’m a total novice but I would love to try this recipe!
Yup, just boil the sweet potatoes (or steam them), then mash or pulse in a food processor.
Where are the peas? I see them in the picture but not in the recipe. Also, in step two, do you put half the onion in at a time? I got a little confused there!
Fixed! Thanks for letting me know. :)
I made this kind of on a whim, mainly because I’d never made pot pie before and it was my wish for YEARS to be able to make one. I tried your recipe and it was AMAZING. The entire week, I was just looking forward to getting to eat this. So, I would just like to thank you for such a delicious and easy recipe that fed this poor college graduate for a couple of days. XO
I made this the other night and wasn’t super impressed. I didn’t have any smoked poultry, but I cooked my chicken breasts with smoked paprika and added more to the filling. It still turned out really bland. The biscuits were decent, but didn’t have much of a sweet potato flavor. Also, the recipe still doesn’t say how much of the peas to use. Maybe I’m just not a fan of pot pie, but I won’t be making this again.
I had a jar of turkey broth in the fridge, so this recipe was an ideal way to use it up. As I’m on an AIP diet, I made a few substitutions, and it still turned out delicious. I used lard instead of butter, arrowroot powder instead of flour, in the sauce, and a mix of coconut flour and tapioca flour in the biscuits, with coconut milk instead of buttermilk. I’m sure the biscuit topping would have been better with normal-people ingredients, but even non-AIP diet people enjoyed the pie! I also added a tablespoon or so of dried sage to the sauce, for that turkey stuffing flavour.
I’m trying these biscuits over thanksgiving! Thanks!
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