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Grandma Carlson's Turkey Pot Pie

Rated as 4.84 out of 5 Stars

"This savory comfort food dish is the most popular Thanksgiving leftover meal in our house. With the flakiest of pie crust and fresh herbs, it'll be a hit in yours as well."
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1 h 25 m servings 502
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. In a bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour with salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut the vegetable shortening and 6 tablespoons of cold butter into the flour mixture until the butter and shortening are the size of small peas. Sprinkle on cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and gently gather the moistened dough together with a fork until it just begins to clean flour from the side of the bowl. Separate the dough into 2 equal-size pieces, form into rounds, and refrigerate until needed.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  3. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook the carrots, onion, and celery with black pepper until the onions are translucent, about 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture into a bowl; set aside. Place 2 tablespoons of flour into a resealable plastic zipper bag, and toss the cooked turkey meat into the flour; shake the bag to coat. Melt 2 more tablespoons of butter in the same skillet over medium heat, and cook the turkey meat in the butter until the flour coating turns golden brown, about 10 minutes. Pour the chicken broth into the skillet about 1/2 cup at a time, and stir until the broth begins to simmer and thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in the cooked vegetables, green beans, cream of mushroom soup, cream-style corn, parsley, and thyme until the filling is thoroughly combined.
  4. Roll out one of the dough pieces on a floured work surface to a circle about 11 inches in diameter, then fit the crust into a 10-inch pie dish. Pour the filling into the bottom crust. Roll out the second crust into an 11-inch circle, lay it on top of the filling, then pinch and fold the two crusts together at the edges to seal. Cut 5 slits into the top crust to vent steam.
  5. Bake the pie in the preheated oven for 15 minutes; lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake until the filling is bubbling and the crust is golden brown, about 25 more minutes.


  • Cook's Notes
  • A few important secrets to pastry preparations: do not over handle the dough. This will make it tough instead of flaky.
  • Keep dough ingredients cold.
  • The 2 different fats will melt at different temperatures, which helps to make a nice, flaky crust.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 502 calories; 31.6 39.6 16 69 868 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Super good! I used ground turkey instead and it seemed to double the recipe. However, I just doubled the pie crust, used a bigger pan and it worked out great. It's even better the next day:)

Most helpful critical review

Very good and pretty easy. Didn’t have creamed corn so subed frozen. Gonna have to make it again with some creamed, wife loved it and was nicer to me the rest of the evening.

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Super good! I used ground turkey instead and it seemed to double the recipe. However, I just doubled the pie crust, used a bigger pan and it worked out great. It's even better the next day:)

I followed the directions very closely, although I did do a few things differently. The only reason was because of how much of the particular ingredients I had on hand...certainly nothing agains...

This dish is sooooooo yummy!!! I have tried lots of recipes on here and this is the first one that I actually felt compelled to leave a review about! I only made a few changes, like I added a ...

This is a fantastic recipe! I did modify the recipe just a bit to use most of my Thanksgiving leftovers however. Instead of flouring and browning the turkey, I added the turkey to the skillet ...

I found this to use up all the random items in my fridge--success! I even had my in-laws for dinner and EVERYONE (including young kids) really loved it. The only problem I had was that there was...

Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, but divided the pastry dough into 5 and used them only as "tops" to mini pie tins... I equally divided the filling into 5 pie tins and covered each tin...

This is delicious! I made these changes: I had leftover phyllo pastry which I used instead of the dough. This was good but I'm sure pastry dough would be equally delicious. I chopped up a l...

I only used the recipe for the crust and used another recipe on this site for the filling (Dad's Leftover Turkey Pot Pie). The combinatin was excellent! This is one good crust, but not light o...

This was great. I did leave out the canned green beans and corn (didn't have on hand) but added mushrooms and garlic. Freezes well too.