Turkey Pot Pie

WARNING! This recipe (if eaten with the crust) is not low GI friendly. But it is really good so sometimes I have to make a pot pie and just deal with it. I can't eat nuts and berries all the time, can I?

So this year hubby and I decided to go out to Thanksgiving supper. I love Thanksgiving and all of the cooking, but when there are only 4 of us it seems a waste to cook all morning and then clean all afternoon. So out we went. But I couldn't not make something Thanksgiving-y, so a few days before the actual event I roasted a turkey breast for supper. We had loads leftover so I made this with some of the leftovers. I actually made the filling, froze it and then pulled it out when I was ready to use it. When you freeze pot pie filling, be sure that before you top it with the crust that it is heated thru (that's right, thaw it and heat to bubbling before you top your pie).

Turkey Pot Pie (serves 6)

1/4 C butter
1/2 C onion, chopped
1/2 C mushrooms, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
3/4 C frozen peas
1 T garlic, minced
1/3 C flour
1/2 t dried sage
1/2 t dried thyme
1 1/2 C prepared turkey gravy
1/2 C turkey stock (or chicken stock or water)
1/2 C milk
2 T dry sherry
3 C cooked turkey, cubed
S & P to taste
1 recipe Single Crust Savory Pie Dough (follows)

Preheat oven to 425.

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in all veggies except peas and saute until tender but not browned (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in flour, sage and thyme. When well blended, add gravy, stock and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in turkey, peas and cook until veggies are tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in sherry. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

Pour mixture into a deep dish pie pan or other baking dish as desired. Top with pastry. Seal and crimp the edges. (Note: If you like lots of crust - like I do - do not trim the excess pastry from the pan. Simple turn the pastry under, press to seal the edges and crimp as you normally would). Pierce the crust with a fork or cut slits in the pastry to allow for steam.

Bake in the preheated oven for 35 - 40 minutes or until browned and bubbling. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Single Crust Savory Pie Dough

1 1/2 C flour
1/2 t salt
4 T shortening, chilled and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
8 T butter, chilled and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
4 T water

Add flour and salt to food processor. Pulse a few times to evenly distribute salt. Add shortening and butter. Using 1 second pulses, process until the flour is pale yellow and resembles course meal. Sprinkle water into bowl. Pulse 4 or 5 times or until the mix comes together. Turn out on plastic wrap. Form into a disk, warp tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or up to 2 days).

When filling is ready, roll the pie dough into a sheet large enough to cover your pie and proceed as directed above.

Hot, steamy and soooooo yummy!