Leftovers Solved: Turkey Picante Pie

I know it isn’t quite Thanksgiving yet but I am already having dreams {nightmares?} about swimming in leftover turkey.  No matter how well we plan, we always seem to have a ton of leftover turkey.  I can only stand so many turkey sandwiches so I like to have some recipe options to use up the leftovers.  This recipe for turkey picante pie is a great way to to use some of that leftover turkey.  Another benefit: you can freeze it and use it later!

What You’ll Need:
2 cups cooked, chopped turkey breast
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
2/3 cup picante sauce
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
1 large zucchini, diced
1 (4 oz) can sliced black olives, chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1 frozen deep dish pie crust

Let’s Make It:
1)  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2)  Combine the turkey, onion, garlic, picante sauce, cumin, salt, diced tomatoes, zucchini, olives and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese in a large bowl.  Stir well to combine.

3)  Pour the mixture into a deep dish pie crust.  Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons cornstarch and the remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese.

4)  Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.  I do recommend baking this with a baking sheet under your pie crust to prevent spillage in your oven.

To Freeze:
If you want to freeze this for you use later, pour the mixture from step 2 above into a ziploc bag and freeze.  Thaw in the refrigerator the day prior to cooking.  Proceed with steps 3 and 4 once thawed.

What do you do with your leftover turkey?


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  1. Looks great! I’ll have to keep this in mind for all the turkey leftovers I’m about to have at the end of next week :) Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop http://www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

  2. Yum, sounds great! I make a lot of turkey sandwiches or salads with my leftovers usually. :-)

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  3. Love this! Looks delicous and pretty simple! Just what I need for a weeknight meal!

  4. I soooo WANT SOME Shannah!! It looks soooo good!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  5. I’m always looking for new ways to use left over turkey and this sounds really good.. will surly try it!
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your

  6. Shannah,
    This looks scrumptious! I love NEW ideas for my leftover Thanksgiving turkey. The old ones are getting, well OLD! Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday :)

  7. This looks delicious! A great way to use the inevitable leftover turkey. I’d love for you to share this at Tuesday’s Table for the Holidays – http://zentmrs.blogspot.com/2012/11/tuesdays-table-holiday-ideas.html

  8. Yummy!! I’ll try it!

  9. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill, you are being featured later today!!

  10. This looks and sounds fantastic! Pinning!
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  11. I will have to save this for my post thanksgiving leftovers!

  12. What a great idea. I love turkey leftovers, but struggle at times what to make with them. This dish will be on my list! Love the spicy flavor.
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  13. This turkey picante pie sounds delicious. I know there is nothing like it in my recipe arsenal. Always on the look out for something new for the Thanksgiving leftovers.
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  14. Yum I am so making this with some of our leftover turkey! This is something that would be completely different from Thanksgiving dinner and would taste wonderful!

  15. thank you! we always struggle with finding ideas for leftover turkey.
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  16. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    This sounds delicious and a great way to use up turkey leftovers. I like that you can freeze it for later, too.

    • Shannah Coe says:

      Thanks! We always end up freezing one. They are great for those last minute dinners you need to throw together during busy weeks.

  17. I just bought some pie crust this week with coupons and I usually do not make a lot of pies other than graham cracker crust, so this savory pie will be a good use for the crust. Thanks!

  18. Fantastic idea, Always on the lookout for more ideas on leftovers!
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  19. Oh, this looks so good. We have a ton of leftover turkey and I am always trying to find ways to use it up.
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  20. sounds yummy! I pinned it too! though if I make it I will have to do a substitute for the crust!
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      Hmmm…I bet you could make this crustless. It would be more of a casserole then but the flavors would totally still work!

  21. Hello yum! What a unique idea to handle all that leftover turkey! I am totally bookmarking this one! YUM!
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  22. I am not one to mix meats, and sweets, but this looks so good!
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  23. Looks yummy. I’m gonna make it after I go home.
    Ps. Can we use chicken instead of turkey?

  24. That looks awesome. I’m going to have to try it!!!
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  25. We don’t usually have a ton, but in years past, I would freeze some and then eat up the rest in gobbler sandwiches!
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  26. reminds me of a comfort food, looks delicious – all yummy ingredients!

  27. I usually make a standard turkey pot pie with a crust. But this looks like a fun change of pace!
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  28. That looks like a good recipe. It is nice to get a new recipe to take care of the leftovers.
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  29. This recipe looks delicious. I will have to keep this in mind for Thanksgiving leftovers.
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  30. I will happily have a slice of that. It really sounds good and is a fab way to work on those extra bits of turkey!

  31. This looks delish! Thanks for the recipe!
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  32. Oh I never saw this before, but it’s a great idea. I need to try this.
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