With Thanksgiving in our rear view mirror, I’ve been trying to use up the rest of our left over turkey. And we have A LOT of left over turkey. Even after turkey sandwiches and turkey soup, there is SO much turkey!!! I was racking my brain over what to do with all this turkey besides throwing it in a bag, shoving it in the freezer and forgetting about it…Until next Thanksgiving when I go to make room for the turkey and end up finding a nasty bag of freezer burned, unidentifiable meat and throwing it away. Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s done this!
Anyways… I remembered a few years ago I made turkey pot pie hand pies and they were delicious! So it was decided!! Turkey pot pie in a scrumptious, ever so convenient pick-up-able pocket. Are you drooling yet??
You start with the holy trinity in the food world. A mirepoix if you will.
i.e. Carrots, onion and celery.
After you cook them till they are soft and heavenly and your kitchen smells AMAZING, you add some more awesomeness. You create a flour and butter paste called a roux. After cooking the roux for a couple minutes you add chicken stock at which point the mixture will thicken into a gravy. Then you add cooked potatoes, chicken stock, chicken bouillon and then of course, TURKEY. If you are like me and you have LOTS of turkey you may find that you underestimated the size of pan you might need and have to transfer it to another pot.
Look at that pot of awesomeness! At this point you make a crust and either put your filling in a casserole dish and cover it with your crust or you can make super cute hand pies or as the English call them, “pasties”. Whatever you call them, they are fantastic.
Now I have a mother-in-law that is on the health conscience side of things and suggested that I try making these with “wonder flour”, a mixture of ground barley, brown rice and spelt. I can honestly tell you it’s not worth it. Sometimes one just needs to indulge in an all butter, white flour crust and just be ok with that. The “healthier” crust was super crumbly, dry and not super tasty. It wasn’t horrible, but not what I wanted…AT ALL! And they weren’t cute! I wanted cute!
See…not the right color at all. Did it stop me from eating one? Not at all! They tasted ok, but not the same as the regular, gluten and butter filled pocket of deliciousness.
So after the healthier attempt I made another batch of dough with regular white flour and here was the finished product.
So much better. So so much!!! This one is waiting for me to devour it at lunch time tomorrow. Or maybe breakfast. I don’t know if I can wait that long.
turkey hand pies or turkey pasties
adapted from sophistimom.com
*I didn’t put an exact amount of carrots and celery. I just cut up enough till I have the same amount of carrots and celery to equal the amount of onion that I cut. And this will make a LOT of filling so be prepared to make several batches of dough.
1 bag of frozen southern style hashbrowns
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, finely diced
several stalks of celery, finely diced
a bunch of carrots, chopped
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 32 ounce carton low sodium chicken stock
4 bouillon cube (I actually prefer Better than Bouillon–just use a tablespoon)
salt and pepper to taste
leftover turkey, finely chopped or shredded
pastry dough (recipe follows)
1 egg, plus a teaspoon of water, beaten
1. Place potatoes in a medium saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until potatoes are tender to the point of a knife. Drain and set aside. While the potatoes cook, set a large skillet over medium low heat and add in the olive oil, onion, celery, and carrots. Cook until onions are very tender, about 12-15 minutes.
2. Melt butter into the mixture and stir in flour. Let cook for 2 minutes or so, just to let the flour taste cook out. Pour in about half of the can of chicken stock. Add the bouillon and potatoes. Let simmer a few minutes and taste for flavor. Add salt and pepper if needed. Add in chicken and simmer until cooked through. The mixture should be thick, but not too dry. Add more chicken stock until you achieve the desired consistency (I used the whole can). Store mixture in refrigerator until ready to use (the pies are easier to make if the filling is cold).
3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees (220 degrees celsius). Place a piece of parchment paper in a baking sheet and set aside. Roll out the pastry dough on a floured board into an 18×22 inch rectangle (don’t measure! just guess). Cut in half, and then cut each half in thirds, to make 6 equal smaller rectangles.
4. Spoon 1/4 cup (about 4 tablespoons) of the chicken mixture onto one of the rectangles of dough, placing it slightly off center. Wet the edges of the dough with a pastry brush and water, and fold the longer end of the pastry up and over the filling. Press the dough down to seal it, and then crimp with the edges of a fork. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Make two incisions in the top of the pastry with a sharp knife, and brush with the beaten egg and water. Repeat with remaining 5 pastries. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed.
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1 stick (112g) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/3 cup ice cold water
1. In a food processor fitted with the blade attachment, pulse together the flour, salt, and sugar. Add in the butter, and pulse a few times until the mixture is crumbly and resembles coarse meal. Combine the egg and water in a container (remove all ice pieces). While the processor is running, pour the water/egg mixture in and pulse until mixture just comes together.
2. Pour mixture out onto a floured board and knead a few times to bring all the ingredients together. Dough can be rolled out immediately, or it can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 2 days.