Leftovers in a Pie

Like a lot of people we are on a budget in our house. After the expense of Thanksgiving I wanted to try to find a way to stretch out leftovers beyond turkey sandwiches-despite my husband declaring his undying love for leftover sandwiches. While scrolling through Twitter I did see someone mention turning their leftover into a pie… and I was off running.

To keep life simple I bought puff pastry instead of making it. I will tackle puff one day, but not this day.

I played one sheet of thawed puff on the bottom of a pan and trimmed the edges (mistake), and punctured the bottom a few times with a fork. I did a short blind bake-like 5 minutes-just to keep things from being soggy,

While that was baking I rolled our leftover stuffing into balls because the internet told me that was a good idea. No seriously, I have no other reason for that than I saw it on Pinterest or something. Sound decision making.

With my crust ready I spread the stuffing balls and our smoked turkey (my husband smoked that bird like a fucking boss) evenly in the crust. I filled in the gaps with green bean casserole and topped all of that off with my homemade orange cranberry sauce.

*Side Note. Leftover cranberry sauces makes great smoothies. Mix that with your favorite smoothie powder, some yogurt, and bit of almond milk… and damn. Delicious.

I wanted to learn how to do lattice on a pie, and no better time than the present. I took the second sheet of puff and sliced into into roughly even pieces. My three year old wanted to help, so of course I let her. We cut the strips with a butter knife which made them kind of wonky but she had a blast.

I baked that baby boy at 375 for 30 minutes and then from there kept checking the temperature until it reach 165. If you try it at home with your Christmas leftovers keep on eye on your own ovens and temperatures.

This leftover pie was was so bad ass that I plan on doing it EVERY FREAKING YEAR. I shit you not. Try it. Shove all your leftovers in a crust and fall in love.

Happy Baking!

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A Day Without Baking

After having a baking project every weekend for the past two months it was odd to have a weekend without something planned. The house just felt hollow without something rising, resting, baking, or cooling. You know that feeling.

But today I’m back at it. To stretch our thanksgiving leftovers I’m making a turkey pot pie using puff pastry. I’ve never used puff before so I’m starting with store bought.

Adding to the list I’ve got a batch of pizza dough rising that will last us almost a month. I’m thinking of also doing a batch of brownie cookies.

I’ve got a planned surgery on Friday and my dad is coming to help with our kiddos. I’d like to have some yummy stuff floating around, so more baked may be coming this week. I’ll be sure to share recipes and the outcomes as I get each thing done!

What are you baking this week?