Turkey and Stuffing Pie

Leftovers after the big turkey dinner?

For some people the leftovers are the best part of the turkey… Whether it’s standing at the fridge with a fork in hand or piling it all up on a plate and micro-waving for lunch or creating something new with it.

Give this one a try….

Turkey and Stuffing Pie

Total time: 45 minutes

 Ingredients:

  • 2 – 3 cups leftover turkey, (10oz, 300gr)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup leftover turkey gravy or chicken stock plus 1 tsp cornstarch (maizena)
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs Madeira or white wine
  • 1 tbs dried sage
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups leftover stuffing
  • More leftover gravy to serve on the side – if you have it

Turkey and Stuffing Pie

 Instructions:

  • Chop onion and garlic.
  • Slice celery and carrots into thin rounds. 
  • Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add paprika and sauté 1 minute. 
  • Add vegetables and sauté 10 minutes, until they start to get tender. 
  • Add gravy and Madeira, cover and simmer for another 10 minutes, until vegetables are cooked through.  (If you are using chicken stock you will have to thicken it with cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbs water.) 
  • Stir in mustard.
  • Cut turkey into large bite-size pieces.
  • Put turkey and vegetables into a baking dish. You want it to be just big enough to hold the meat plus the stuffing. 

  • In a medium bowl lightly beat the egg. 
  • Break up the stuffing and add to the egg.  Stir thoroughly to combine.
  • Spoon stuffing over turkey, covering as best you can. 
  • Bake at 375F (185C), until heated through and stuffing is starting to brown, about 20 minutes. 
  • Gently heat any additional leftover gravy in a saucepan.  Serve with gravy on the side.

Thanksgiving is over.

That means the Christmas season is starting. (I maintain that Christmas can’t officially start until after Thanksgiving – no overlapping of holidays.)

I love Christmas.  It’s my favorite time of year.

I love the music, the lights, the decorations…. The whole bit.

Still….

The logical part of my brain always has a rather interesting discussion with the sentimental part.

I can’t help but think how incredibly silly it is to cut down a perfectly good tree, haul it inside the house and hang glass baubles and lights on it.

It’s even sillier to spend money on a fake tree.

Maybe it’s the way the dogs watch me. 

I can see the questions in their eyes – wondering what I’m doing, why I’m doing it and when they can get at the tree to play.

Other Christmas traditions don’t strike me the same way.  

There’s obviously nothing silly about Christmas cookies or Christmas candy – although the jury is still out on Christmas Fruitcake.

Sending Christmas cards is a nice way of staying in touch.

Putting Christmas candles on every available surface is the perfect antidote to winter darkness – nothing silly about that.

But decorating the tree just seems silly.

The entire time I’m doing it, I can’t help wondering how some archaeologist from the 25th century will explain the whole ritual.

All that being said, the Christmas Tree is my favorite part and, embarrassed though I am, I love decorating it.

As long as aliens can’t see me do it…..

Some people, who shall remain nameless, think I think too much.

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