November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner Round 2

With so much to be thankful for, we had a fantastic Thanksgiving this year! We also have my brother-in-law visiting from Venezuela and it was his very first Thanksgiving. It was wonderful to have him here. He says he will be back for Thanksgiving dinner next year too. ;) Yesterday was the perfect opportunity again to make one of my favorite dinners...Thanksgiving Leftover Pie. I shared it last year here but with fewer pictures and a lot less detail. It is honestly only a once a year meal for us and I really look forward to it. There isn't a better way to use all of the leftovers and still get a taste of Thanksgiving in every bite.

I start with a ready made pie crust (You could make your own if you really wanted to). I let it set out at room temperature for 10-15 minutes, then pierce the bottom with a fork. I par bake on a baking sheet in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Remove and put aside to cool.

Combine left over gravy and milk/cream in a large sauce pan on medium heat. Add chopped up turkey and leftover veggies (I used carrots and asparagus) to gravy mixture and cook until fully heated through.

Warm up leftover mashed potatoes (I also had to add milk to get a creamy texture). Place a layer of leftover stuffing or dressing in bottom of pie crust.

Add the gravy mixture on top of the stuffing layer to almost completely fill the pie crust.

Top with mashed potatoes. I wanted to make it pretty so I put the potatoes into a large pastry bag with a large decorating tip and swirled them on. Last year I just used a zip lock bag and snipped the corner off. Any of the three ways work and I promise they all taste the same.

Bake in 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. By that time the tips of the potatoes were starting to brown and the inside was nice and steamy, Unfortunately, I have never been able to serve a slice in one piece but I keep trying. Avoid the frustration and just serve it with a spoon. 

Let me know if you try it and how it turns out! What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes? I would love to hear. Enjoy!! 

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