Rustic Turkey Pot Pie

Rustic Turkey Pot Pie

With this post I am joining the rest of the food blogging world with post Thanksgiving leftover turkey recipes. And while turkey pot pie is not terribly fancy, it is one of my favorite ways to use up leftover turkey and vegetables.

This recipe is not complicated, but it does not result in a plain dish. The buttery crust is remarkable with the addition of fresh rosemary, while the filling is hearty and satisfying. The ultimate comfort food on a cold blustery November day.

A one crust wonder, this pot pie crust is just gently gathered around the filling and baked until nicely browned. No muss. No fuss.

And if you are totally burned out after the holiday, feel free to use a store bought pie crust. I won’t judge. But if you don’t mind whipping up the simple rosemary crust, it will make all the difference!

Rustic Turkey Pot Pie
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: american
Serves: 6
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A buttery rosemary crust filled with chunks of turkey and vegetables, this pot pie is simple to make and completely satisfying.
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, diced (very cold)
  • 3 cups flour
  • ⅓ cup shortening
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 Tbsp ice water
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups cooked turkey, diced
  • 1½ cups assorted cooked veggies ( I used green beans, carrots and pearl onions)
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream or milk
  1. In a food processor, combine flour, rosemary, salt and black pepper. Pulse a few times until incorporated. Add butter and shortening. Pulse again a few times until the mixture resembles little white peas. Add water by the tablespoonful. Pulse each time you add a tablespoon. Stop adding water once a ball has formed. Wrap dough ball in plastic wrap and chill for one hour.
  2. Heat butter over medium heat with flour. Cook for several minutes. Add broth. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Pour milk into a small bowl. Scoop out a little bit of broth from the pan and add to milk. Stir it and add to the pot. This will ensure that the milk doesn't curdle. Salt and pepper to taste. Take off heat.
  3. In a separate bowl, gently mix turkey, veggies and broth/flour mixture. Take a small taste and add salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Roll dough out into a circle. Place on a baking stone or baking sheet. Pile turkey filling in the center of the dough. Pull dough up and around filling to resemble a drawstring purse.
  5. Combine egg yolk with cream or milk and brush all over the dough. Bake at 375º for about 30 minutes or until crust is golden.



  1. Hey melanie,
    I’ve loved following you on The Coupon Goddess, and now Melanie in the Middle and A Beautiful Bite. I adore your new food blog! I’m definitely gonna whip up a turkey pot pie tomorrow. One suggestion I have for the new blog is that I’d love to see more step by step photos, I like playing along with the cooking because I can’t always make the recipe myself. Other than that, keep the recipes coming! Your food always looks beautiful.

    • Thank you for the compliments!! I’ll try to be more picture heavy in future posts. Some people love that and some people hate the extra photos. It’s hard to strike a balance. I’m sure I can strive for something in the middle. 🙂

  2. Your food pix are marvelous Melanie! I agree! This turkey pot pie looks wonderful and I can even smell the aroma filling the kitchen as it bakes for an hour. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you!

  3. Lollie ~ The Fortuitous Housewife says:

    Oh my, this looks AMAZING!
    Roasting our extra turkey this week, and this is definitely going on the Weeksworld Weekly Eats.

    • Lollie- I saw your weekly menu on your blog and I’m so impressed. I could learn a lot from you. I commented on your post with a suggestion to check out Dinner; A Love Story. I think you would really enjoy it!!

  4. Oh, that looks SO GOOD! Unfortunately, we have no leftovers from mom’s house. I’ve promised to have a 2nd Thanksgiving meal for my husband and I will definitely make this the next day.

    My 9 year old son just saw your logo on my screen and said it shouldn’t have a knife, fork and spoon, but a spork in the middle! LOL What a joker.

    I digress. Do you think I could use all butter in the dough and omit the shortening?

    • A spork, giggle. Tell him I said I agree. If Taco Bell has one, then I should too. 😉 And yes, all butter would be fine but the dough might not hold it’s shape as well. It won’t collapse, but it just might not retain its height. But I think you’ll be just fine. Let me know how it comes out for you if you decide to use all butter. Hope your holiday was grand!

  5. This is making me hungry! I love a good pot pie! This one reminds me of those pretty fruit tarts but with Turkey! YES! That almost looks fancier than our Thanksgiving meal itself haha

  6. What a gorgeous Pot Pie! I can’t wait to try it myself but I am certain mine will never look so beautiful!

  7. Elizabeth Labanieh says:

    This looks amazing! The crust is what really does it for me! I let my family talk me into not making any turkey this year. My 5 year old munchkin spent the holiday with her grandparents and auntie in Seattle. It was just me and my husband. I spend the day in the kitchen making the side dishes for dinner at my sister’s house. I am the only one who craves the turkey so there was only ham.. Now, I really want the left over turkey from the non-existant turkey. This wont happen next year! Even if its just made to be left overs there will be a turkey in my houe! 🙂

  8. Hi Melanie! I just learned about your new food blog via Karista’s Kitchen, and this pot pie recipe caught my eye. I’ve always struggled with the crust on pot pies, but the rustic version here is simple, beautiful, and free of a top crust. Yay! Looking forward to giving it a try. 🙂

  9. Karen Clark says:

    Hey Melanie! This recipe is one I just have to try, it looks delicious! Saw you on Tasty Kitchen, checked out your blog and your recipes sound yummy! I’ll keep following 🙂


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