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Pilgrim's pie

Pilgrim's pie
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Thanksgiving dinner puts a lot of pressure on a cook. But it's nothing compared with Thanksgiving leftovers. Of course, you can just reheat and re-serve the whole meal over and over until the stuffing starts drying out and cracking. But ... Read more

Total time: About 1 hour | Serves 8
  • 1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 3/4 cups (1 14-ounce can) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups combined diced leftover turkey and vegetables, at room temperature
  • 2 cups leftover stuffing, more as needed, at room temperature
  • 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes, more as needed, at room temperature
  • Leftover cranberry sauce, served on the side
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2-quart casserole (about 10 by 8 inches) and set aside.

Step 2Place a medium heavy-bottom pot over medium heat. Melt the butter, then add the onion and celery and cook until the vegetables begin to soften and color, stirring occasionally, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 3Stir or whisk in the flour and poultry seasoning, making sure to eliminate any lumps. The roux will pull together. Continue stirring frequently until the roux begins to toast and color, about 3 minutes.

Step 4Slowly whisk in the milk and broth, whisking to combine. Once the mixture begins to bubble, turn the heat down and cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 5Add the leftover turkey and vegetables, stirring to combine. Taste, adding more poultry seasoning, salt and pepper if desired. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Step 6Use a spoon or an ice-cream scoop to alternate small scoops of stuffing and mashed potatoes on top of the vegetable mixture. (Don't worry if the topping sinks slightly into the mixture.) Place the dish in the oven and bake until the vegetable mixture begins bubbling up and the stuffing and mashed potatoes are heated through and just beginning to brown, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Step 7Remove from the oven and set aside for several minutes before serving. Serve in a bowl with a scoop of cranberry sauce on the side.

Note: Be sure to use holiday leftovers that weren't heavily seasoned or flavored, as those could be too overpowering in this dish. Adjust seasonings as desired.


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