This Turkey Hand Pies recipe is a tasty and creative idea for using leftover turkey! Grab some puff pastry and make these savory hand pies to enjoy over the holiday weekend.
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Why this Recipe Works
When you’re like me, and make way more turkey than your family can eat in one meal, you find yourself getting creating with your Thanksgiving leftover recipes.
Today’s hand pies use up not only your leftover turkey, but also pour some of that extra turkey gravy on top too!
- Stock up on the essentials before the holiday, so you’re ready (veggies, puff pastry, etc)
- Quick and easy meal to assemble for lunch or dinner!
- Flaky crust pairs beautifully with savory filling.
- Bake and freeze for later. Warm up in toaster oven!
Turkey – Use your leftover turkey meat (white or dark is fine) and dice into small pieces. Can also be made with rotisserie chicken or shredded chicken that was cooked.
Puff pastry. We use frozen puff pastry for easy homemade hand pies. Let it thaw on the counter before using. You could also use refrigerated or homemade pie crust too.
Egg. Beaten egg brushed over the tops of the turkey hand pies before baking gives them an irresistible golden brown color.
Make the flavor base:
Saute diced onions, carrots and celery in melted butter until softened. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (1 minute or so).
This creates the base of savory flavor that makes turkey hand pies so delicious.
Add flour, broth and turkey:
Stir in chicken broth and flour, along with a few herbs and spices. Cook at a boil, stirring, until it gets nice and thick.
Now, stir in diced turkey and frozen peas.
Assemble the hand pies:
Whisk together the egg and water in a bowl to form the egg wash.
Cut each sheet of puff pastry dough into 6 rectangles.
Fill 6 rectangles with the turkey mixture. Brush the outer edges of the dough with egg wash.
Cover the filling with another rectangle of pastry dough. Press the edges together then cut slits in the top for venting. Brush the tops of each hand pie with egg wash.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm.
Tips and Tricks
- Turkey Hand Pies are even more delicious served with Turkey Gravy and leftover cranberry sauce!
- Garnish the baked hand pies with parsley or fresh thyme for a beautiful presentation.
- Turkey hand pies are best eaten the day they are made. If you have leftovers, store them in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Make it a meal and serve with leftover mashed potatoes.
- Make some sweet hand pies for dessert. Apple Hand Pies and Peach Hand pies are our favorites!
To keep the puff pastry from drying out, keep it in the box until you’re ready to assemble. When I make this recipe, I roll out just one sheet at a time. Cut the first sheet and place the filling in the rectangles before unrolling the second sheet.
Reheat the turkey hand pies in the oven for best results. Place on a baking tray and bake at 325℉ for 12 – 15 minutes until heated through. If you notice the crust beginning to brown, cover the hand pies with foil for the rest of the heating time.
Sure, if you don’t have leftover turkey you could use leftover chicken or even a grocery store rotisserie chicken for this hand pie recipe!
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Leftover Turkey Hand Pies
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- ⅓ cup diced celery about 1 medium rib
- ⅓ cup diced carrot about 1 medium carrot
- ⅓ cup diced yellow onion about ½ of a small onion
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅓ cup frozen peas
- 2 ½ cups turkey cooked and diced
- 2 boxes puff pastry 17.6 oz each
- 1 large egg
- 1 Tablespoon water
- Fresh thyme and parsley for garnish
- Preheat oven to 375℉. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add onion, celery and carrots and saute over medium heat until softened.
- Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Stir in flour. Add chicken broth, milk, thyme, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then heat until thickened, stirring constantly (about 2 minutes).
- Stir in frozen peas and turkey. Set aside.
- Combine egg and water in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Unroll 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry and cut into 6 equal rectangles.
- Place the rectangles on the lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
- Spoon about 2 Tablespoons of filling into the centers of the rectangles.
- Brush the outer edges of the rectangle with egg wash.
- Unroll the second sheet of puff pastry, cutting into 6 equal rectangles and using one piece to cover the filling.
- Press the 4 edges together with the tines of a fork. Cut slits for venting and brush the tops with the egg wash. Repeat with second box of pastry.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Garnish with parsley or fresh thyme. Serve with turkey gravy if desired.
- Keep the 2nd sheet of puff pastry dough in the packaging until you are ready to cut it into the 6 rectangles. This will prevent the dough from drying out while you are doing the other steps.
- These are best eaten the day they are made. Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- To reheat, preheat oven to 325℉. Place hand pie on a baking tray and bake for 12-15 minutes, covering with foil if it begins to get too brown.
- Freeze leftover hand pies in airtight container for up to 2 months.
Don’t let your leftover Thanksgiving turkey go to waste! These Leftover Turkey Hand Pies are full of savory flavor, wrapped in flaky puff pastry. Easy to make and even easier to devour!