Too-Tired-to-Care Turkey Pot Pie
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I never quite made my Goal-of-the-Day, which was to get a shower before Bill got home. My blog and Thanksgiving prep were keeping me chained to the kitchen.
I went so far as to lay out real clothes in the bathroom, complete with 2 towels, a fresh top and underwear, socks and knock-off Uggs (because it’s freezing in our back wing. 55° and counting – down, that is). “Real Clothes” means anything other than yoga pants, which double as “jammie pants.”
At that point, my inner Exercise Nazi called, telling me to get on the bike for ½ an hour.
I try not to ignore my Inner Exercise Nazi.
Reluctantly, I got on the bike. My book started to lose interest, but I stuck with it.
Bill got home, at a decent hour, for once. That doesn’t happen often, so I went downstairs to see him.
This Pot Pie was just about ready to pop into an oven, but first, a couple of glasses of wine were calling (hey, I’d worked out – I earned them!).
So, while Bill and I had a nice little happy hour, I rolled out my leftover dough and stuck it back in the fridge.
So much for that shower.
When I did, finally, get in the hot, hot bath after dinner (with Epsom salts – the best!), I brought in my book and yes, my readers.
If you’re young (not that you’d be reading this), “readers” are easy-speak for “old people glasses for those who can no longer read up-close.” They are not “readers of my blog.” As far as I know, I have nearly none of those, unless you count all of my kids. (Hey, kids, are you out there?? Give me a call one of these days!) Anyway, if you are in your mid 30’s, expect to purchase a pair or two in about 5 years. Yeah, far sightedness hits us all, usually around 40. I have a friend who is 75 and she’s never needed reading glasses. She’s a doll, but I kinda hate her. Never had a hip or knee replacement, let alone 4. Oh, well. I love her, anyway. Luck of the draw, I guess.
Back to the glasses. I had ordered a pair of “nice” readers from Amazon a while back. No more Dollar Store for me, oh, no! I am worth something! I will pay for glasses from Amazon and I will have a chain around my neck until the day I die.
Three weeks later, my glasses were so scratched, I literally had to close one eye to see up-close.
Ok, this was ridiculous. Went back onto Amazon and found 3 pairs.
They came; I loved. They were awesome, especially the ones that are really pale. Less impact. I mean, these babies are glued to my face, more often than not.
So, here I am in the hot, hot tub with Epsom salts – soooo nice for the achin’ back. Only problem is, the glasses steam up while I’m trying to read. That certainly isn’t the glasses’ fault.
Hey, if anyone out there has a solution to fogged up readers during your nightly soak, please pass it on.
Time to wash my hair and rinse off. I take my bright and shiny new, unscratched glasses and put them on the floor, and finish my shower.
Out I step. That’s right. Blind as a proverbial bat. Crunch. Onto my new readers.
Now, normally, I would put those glasses onto my craft table, so I could zap them with E6000, my favorite adhesive, ever. I use it for EVERYTHING. Glass, metal, concrete, whatever. It pretty much does it all, as long as you have a bit of space in your contact surfaces. In other words, if you’re trying to glue two surfaces together with only 1/8” connection, meh. Not gonna work, unless your surfaces are fixed to something and you don’t need them to function. LIke a glasses hinge.
Seriously, there is not a week that goes by that I don’t haul this stuff out. I keep a couple of tubes upstairs, with my tools, and a second tube in the kitchen. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard about this, you have got to try it: http://amzn.to/2zQw8hc You can find it everywhere, but if you’re partial to not having to make the trek into town, you can get it in two days, delivered right to your door. Sigh. I do so love UPS.
Of course, I couldn’t even assess the actual damage, because I couldn’t see. Guess it was a good call, getting 3 in this set.
I went and got my second pair. Somehow, I sense a re-order of these glasses in my future.
Now, I could see that the damage was beyond repair. Sadly, into the garbage they went.
Enough of my blathering. Let’s get down to business.
This “recipe” is something you might want to pull out of your hat after Thanksgiving is good and gone and you’re wondering what to do with about 10 pounds of leftover turkey.
This will also help you with leftover pastry dough. If you click here, you’ll see easy instructions, as well as a tip on saving your leftover pastry scraps.
This isn’t an exact “recipe,” sorry. It’s easy enough to just wing it, depending on the size of your clan.
Remove leftover pastry (in plastic wrap) from the fridge
Onion, chopped (or you could use frozen pearl onions)
Carrot, finely chopped
Yellow or Red Potato, peeled and chopped (you don’t want to use Russets for this because they’ll fall apart and be all mushy)
¼ c. butter (1/2 a stick)
¼ c. flour
1 ½ c. to 2 c. chicken broth
1-2 Tbsp. dry Sherry (not sweet and not cooking sherry!) (optional)
Salt and Pepper
¼ tsp. thyme (optional)
Leftover turkey, chopped
In a large skillet, pour in enough olive oil to generously coat the bottom.
Add chopped onions, carrots, celery and potato with a good sprinkling of salt. Add ¼ tsp. thyme, if you like.
Cook on medium-low until onions, carrots and potatoes are soft.
If you’re using cast iron, you can actually use your skillet to cook this pot pie later on, in the oven. If not, you can cook your final product in a pie plate or even little individual bowls, as long as they’re oven proof.
Preheat your oven to 375°.
When your veggies are soft (not mushy, just soft), add ¼ cup butter. When melted, sprinkle with ¼ cup flour and cook, stirring constantly. To this, gradually add 1 ½ cup to 2 cups chicken broth, stirring like crazy. Cook until thickened. Cook long enough to get rid of the taste of flour.
At this point, you can add 1-2 Tbsp. Sherry.
Add your leftover turkey.
Taste your sauce and salt and pepper, as needed.
Set aside your skillet.
Flour your cutting board and lay the pastry dough disc on top of that.
Lightly flour the disc, then cover with plastic wrap. Take a long piece and cover, vertically. Take a second piece and cover, horizontally. I also use two more long pieces of plastic wrap and cover the disc in an “X.”
Roll out, away from you and toward you. Take a peek under the disc and see if you need more flour down there. The dough shouldn’t be sticking to the cutting board. Sprinkle more flour, as needed.
Turn your dough ¼ of a turn (with plastic wrap) and roll away from you and toward you. Every time you work this, check under the pastry to see if the board needs a bit more flour.
Keep going until your dough is nice and thin and big enough to fit over your pie plate. Cut some sort of vent in the top, to let steam escape.
Transfer your filling to a pie plate or whatever baking container you’re using.
If you want pastry dough on the bottom of the pie plate and have enough dough, go ahead and line the bottom. Click here for beginners.
Transfer the cooled chicken/vegetable/sauce mix into pie plate, whether it’s got pastry on the bottom or not.
Top with a second piece of rolled out pastry. Use some sort of cut-out, to allow steam to escape.
Pop into your preheated 375° oven for about 30 minutes, or until top crust is a nice, golden brown.