I have had a ton of leftover turkey in the fridge, we roasted a 14 pound bird on Columbus Day in celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving and spending the last 13 years with the same great guy. I already made soup and even fed the entire unit, so I was looking for some thing more involved.
I decided on turkey pot pie, but with only two of us eating it would be a huge waste to make a giant one and all the recipes that I looked at made pies that would feed a small army.
Then it hit me, if we make mini fruit pies of all kinds,
why not mini turkey pot pies?
It worked under the same principle, right?
The only catch in this plan is that I truly suck at making pie pastry, and I mean I really suck at it. For some reason my pie pastry always comes out tough, hard and tasting like salt dough, I bought some pre-made pie dough from the store but that seemed so wrong. So I sat down to do some research and found this recipe, All Butter Really Flaky Pie Dough from one of my favorite food blogs The Smitten Kitchen. The recipe comes with step by step picture instructions on how to get the perfect all butter pie crust, so I whipped up a batch and made a couple test pies that turned out perfect! The pastry is light, flaky and oh so buttery which compliments the rich creamy gravy of the pot pies. This recipe makes about 8 pot pies with some filling left over for another round, however there were no pot pies left at the end of the night, just one adoring husband.