Perfect Black Friday Meal

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After spending an entire day in the kitchen the last thing you want on Friday is to fuss over food.  If your tired of the turkey sandwich like I am you will appreciate this recipe.  It’s all your Thanksgiving left overs in a cute little package.

Time-45 minutes


Ingredients for Turkey Pot Pie

2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil

1 large shallot chopped

2 medium carrots diced into 1/2 pieces

1 cup of frozen peas

2 1/2 cups of shredded left over turkey

1 cup of homemade left over gravy

Left over mashed potatoes

2 (9 inch) store-bought roll out pie dough

1 egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon of water (egg wash)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  In a large skillet heat oil and butter over medium-high heat.  Add carrots and sauté for 2-3 minutes.  Add frozen peas and sauté for 1 minute.  Add shallots and sauté until softened.  Incorporate turkey and gravy into the same skillet until the filling looks moist.  Remove from heat and set aside.  Line pie dish with bottom crust then add filling.  Add a layer of mashed potatoes on top of filling similar to a shepherd’s pie.  Finish with top pie crust, brush with egg wash and make slits for venting.  Bake in oven for 30 minutes or recommended time on box instructions.

How do I make this gourmet?

1.  Make your own pie crust.

2.  Homemade gravy is what makes this dish special.  The turkey recooks in it’s own fat again and it takes on a confit flavor profile.

3.  You can use pearl onions in place of shallots.

What is your favorite left over recipe?

The Author

First off, I'm not a writer. This should be abundantly clear as you read this bio. I'm not a trained Chef either. I'm a Mother, Wife, Registered Nurse and Fraudulent Chef. Why a blog you ask? Well, I don't want to be a line cook, executive Chef, or a restaurant owner. I just want to cook what I want, when I want, and for who I want. Cooking is a creative outlet for me. I don't even consider myself a blogger because I don't blog often. So advertising dollars and web fame is not my motive. Finding the time to cook, write up a recipe, photograph it while maintaining a job and household is challenging. However, it has given me great joy over the years to see people carrying on dishes that I've developed. It's also an online cookbook that I can reflect on. My cooking is an expression of the strong women in my life and inspired dishes from my favorite restaurants. I'm a recipe impostor of dishes from restaurants I love. Furthermore, many of the recipes are spruced up from my childhood. I'm a Mexican-American, native Californian who has spent time in New York and married a first generation Costa Rican. My cooking reflects all of these aspects. Karen's Kitchen is not a Mexican food blog. As much as I'd like to fit into a pretty little red, white and green box. I find it too limiting and reject the notion of creating a Latino point of view because it makes a blog cohesive. So my recipes are all over the place, with no rhyme or reason. Home cooks never apologize for not graduating from culinary school. You will find that my recipes are easy to follow and geared for the home cook. They look amazing and will make you look like a Domestic God/Goddess in front of your loved ones. It's my hope that you find the love for cooking and make some of my recipes your own. Cheers to cooking, eating and surrounding yourself with lovely people.


  1. Great day for this delicious looking Turkey Pot Pie, and what a great idea using the left over mashed potatoes, I wouldn’t have ever thought of this.
    I love that there isn’t a lot of work involved in the kitchen especially after Thanksgiving Day.
    Keep them coming Karen!

  2. Holly says

    Funny….I was thinking I was going to make a turkey pot pie. Love the mashed potato idea. Never thought of that. I like to add celery to my pot pies too. Not a pea fan.

  3. Sandy Lugo says

    I made the Turkey Pot Pie today and it was awesome!! I had to make a second one because my boys wiped it out in a few minutes!!!! Thanks Karen!! 🙂

  4. Sandy, I hope this becomes a black friday tradition in your home like it is in ours. Holly, I love the idea of celery I think I’ll try that in my next one!

  5. Jean Margiotta says

    Karen –
    Sandy told us how good the pot pie was and we made it today. It was really good.
    I’m not a pot pie person but it was really good. The potatoes really made it good. Do you have any other great recipes.

    • Hi Jean,
      Great to see you on here! I will blog twice a month to give you time to make the recipe and also not kill you with too many blogs. Ask Ray or Sandy how to become a follower and you will receive an email every time I blog. You can use the print function at the bottom of the recipe to keep it for your recipe folder. If you have any questions you can call me anytime! Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

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