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What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers: Franksgiving Pilgrim Pie Recipe

I’m not going to throw you in the trenches of a Paula Dean Thanksgiving, but how about something close and almost from scratch. My husband and I invented a meat pie called Pilgrim Pie. It’s essentially Thanksgiving dinner in a pie; the perfect solution to Thanksgiving leftovers!

1.     Make a simple, 9” pie crust from scratch. You’ll need flour, salt, butter and cold water. Sorry, I don’t have an original recipe for this particular step.
2.     Put your pie crust (spread out in your pie plate) in the oven at 400 degrees for 4 minutes. This makes sure it’s crispy on the bottom.
3.     Meanwhile boil potatoes for a mashed potato top crust. (or used leftovers)
4.     Pan cook a turkey breast (or used leftovers) with some sautéed onions.
5.     When you pull the empty pie crust out of the oven, go ahead and spread an entire can of cranberry sauce in the bottom of the pie. This is where we deter at bit from “scratch,” but you are welcome to make your own cranberry sauce.

6.     Once the turkey and onions are cooked and caramelized, add them to the pie.
7.     Next, add a can of corn, or a thawed cup of frozen corn  and peas to the pie.
8.     Now flood the pie with a jar of turkey gravy, or if you have real leftover gravy from actually baking a full turkey, that is stellar. If you’re interested in making easy, makeshift gravy, here’s how: take 1/2 cup of the boiling starch water from your mashed potatoes, add a teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon, throw in a 1/2 teaspoon of flour and whisk together.


9.     Finally, finish prepping the mashed potatoes with some milk, sour cream, salt and pepper. Add them in globs to the top of the pie. Use a rubber spatula to spread it out enough that the globs eventually come together to form continuous coverage over the top.

Bake it at 375 degrees for approximately 35 minutes. Watch for the crust and tips of the potatoes to turn brown. Also, I always add a layer of foil on the rack below the pie in case the gravy bubbles over.

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