Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!
Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It’s the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or as a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

“It’s your fault!”

Just the thing you want to hear from your children, right?

Let’s back up a bit.

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or as a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or as a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

We were seated at the dinner table, when I set the pot pies in front of them. “Be careful, its piping hot,” we warned them.

They looked down, puzzled. My husband was already halfway through with his; meanwhile, the kids were looking at their food like it had landed from outer space.

“Haven’t you ever had pot pie before?” I rolled my eyes at them. They hadn’t. And that’s when they said it: “It’s your fault!”

Well, I guess they were right.

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or as a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or as a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

How else were they going to be introduced to the delight of poking their spoon through a buttery, flakey crust, steam escaping as they sink it into a thick gravy to dish out chunks of turkey, potatoes, mushrooms, and in this case, pumpkin? Clearly, I had failed my children. It was my fault.

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or as a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

I’m not sure how I let this slip by. Chicken pot pie is one of my favorites, so I can’t believe I’ve never made it for them before! As luck would have it, my husband and I, in one of those funny twin-tummy moments, both had a craving for pot pie, the version in my mind full of chunks of savory pumpkin. You already know how much I love my pumpkin in all things sweet and savory, but I feel like it gets the short end of the stick when compared to its cousin squashes. I’ve been determined to cook with it more.

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or as a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or as a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

I watched my kids tap the puff pastry crust and find a bit of the turkey. There was a little glimmer in their eye as they scooped up the second spoonful, then the third. “It’s good, mom!” they nodded and chewed.

Yup, I know. Sorry it took so long.

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds an extra helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. It's the perfect solution to leftover turkey, or as a substitute for the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. Or if you wish, make it with chicken, too!

Eat Seasonal

October Eat Seasonal Produce Guide

Everything is getting cozier for this month as I join Becky from Vintage Mixer and our friends to share dishes that embrace eating seasonal! October is all about pumpkins, squash, cozy soups, stews, and so much more. Check out these recipes for more #EatSeasonal inspiration.

October Seasonal Recipes

Roasted Chicken with Figs and Butternut Squash by Vintage Mixer

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Chorizo, Black Bean, and Kabocha Squash Chili by Flavor the Moments

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup by Joy Food Sunshine

Spiced Zucchini Pear Cake with Brown Butter Glaze by Completely Delicious

Orange Spiced Salmon with Spaghetti Squash by Foodie Crush

Pork Chops with Roasted Pears, Sage and Shallots By Simple Bites

Marinated Zucchini with Red Peppers and Garlic Project Domestication

Roasted Red Cabbage Wedges with Za’atar by Floating Kitchen

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie

Turkey Pumpkin Pot Pie adds a helping of pumpkin season to comfort food. Perfect for leftover turkey or instead of the big bird itself at Thanksgiving. And of course, you can make it with chicken!

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 cups hot chicken stock
1/4 cup half and half
1 lb roasted turkey breast meat, sliced in 1/2 inch cubes
2 cups chopped pumpkin
1 cup peas
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped potatoes
2 sheets puff pastry
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Stir in the onions and cook until wilted and translucent. Sprinkle the flour over the onions, and let it sit for a moment, until the flour is soaked into the melted butter. Slowly whisk in the flour, then gradually add the chicken stock, continually whisking. As you stir, the sauce will thicken. Whisk in the half and half, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Stir in the turkey, pumpkin, peas, mushrooms, and potatoes. Season again with a little more salt and pepper. Remove from heat, divide the filling between individual ramekins or oven-proof bowls, and let it sit on a lined baking tray while you prepare the pastry.

On a lightly floured surface, lay the puff pastry and cut circles of pastry about 2 cm larger in diameter than your ramekins. If you like, you can also cut leaf shapes out of the pastry and use that instead of, or in addition to, the pastry rounds.

Cover the ramekins with pastry rounds and decoration, and cut slits in the pastry to let it vent while baking.

Whisk together the egg and tablespoon of water. Lightly brush the egg wash onto the puff pastry and season with salt.

Place the baking tray with the ramekins in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown and has risen, and the filling is bubbling within. If you find that the puff pastry is deflating upon removing from the oven, you may need to bake it for a little longer.

Let cool slightly before serving.

Comments

  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Oh these look so fantastic, Liren! I love chicken/turkey pot pie and used get very excited when my Mom made it for me. The pumpkin is a great hearty addition. And love the individual presentation!

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  2. Becky

    This looks heavenly! Easily the most lovely pot pies I’ve ever seen. And I am the same way, often serving my family new dishes that I’m trying that I forget some of the basics that I love so much. Sometimes we just need more pot pies :)

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    • Liren Baker

      Aw, thank you, Becky! You hit the nail on the head – it’s too easy to forget about old favorites and classics when I’m always dreaming up something new and exciting! :)

  3. marcie

    My kids have never had pot pie before and that’s my fault! It’s something that’s high on my list this fall/winter so let’s see if it gets done. :) These are so beautiful, Liren — I love those flaky puff pastry leaves and that filling with the pumpkin looks so creamy and delicious!

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    • Liren Baker

      Glad it’s not just me, Marcie! I have to confess, the puff pastry and the pumpkin are my favorite parts :)

  4. Laura

    I have had so many similar moments….but they usually involve foods much less healthy and comforting than pot pie (e.g. pop tarts, ding dongs, Slurpees, etc)! ;) I definitely need to remember to introduce them to pot pie though! These little beauties look perfect!

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    • Liren Baker

      LOL we were just telling our kids how when we were kids we had so much junk food – pop tarts and Slurps were definitely part of it – and their jaws dropped, haha. Different generation, I guess!

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