Turkey Pot Pie
Not sure about you, but post Thanksgiving, outside of a couple favorite sandwiches, some random bits and slices to pick and eat straight out of the frig, there generally is not a huge bounty of leftover turkey in my house.
Well not enough anyway, to prepare anything resembling from among the ’35’ to ‘125’ circulating headline recipe preparations out there promoting ways to use it all up.
This year with a smaller group for the holiday, I still prepared the usual two turkeys which enables guests to fill up personal take-away containers afterward, but this time it provided me an whole un-sliced breast suitable for preparing Turkey Pot Pie.
Mentioning the annual circulating headlines revolving around turkey leftovers is not so much meant with sarcasm, so much as curiosity on how year after year there seems a continual inference on what appears to me as astounding amounts of leftover turkey. I mean what are they serving 50 pound turkeys? Or maybe preparing 25 pound turkeys for one or two people? Perhaps they’ve hired a cook in the back room actually preparing a third turkey? How can there possibly be that much leftover turkey?
Having too much leftover turkey might even seem sad to me, like some sort of obvious glare in perhaps having slacked off in the checklist area of holiday hospitality.
Hosting Thanksgiving this year was a last minute thing happening between moving parts on varying relative’s needs, but a mere group of nine left me continually reinforcing to myself that having a smaller holiday gathering, since it was a last minute thing, might be uniquely nice change. It was. But being one of those folks who believes it’s the same amount of work for ten as for twenty, there was also that nagging voice within reminding me that even with last minute changes I should have invited this one or that one. Sigh.
The other curiosity to me on having on having too much leftover turkey, even with countless recipe options in the repertoire, is how much turkey one person can possibly eat. Around two days later, I for one am quite ready to ring up the local pizzeria for a ‘large regular’ meaning plain old red sauce and cheese on a crispy grilled crust. Comfort.
But since Thanksgiving is the day officially designated for being grateful, perhaps in having a bit more leftover turkey than usual I should then consider it something of a blessing, for it finally contributed to at least one dish from among the ’35’ to ‘125’ ways to use up your leftover turkey. Steaming, bubbling hot, crusty topped Turkey Pot Pie.