Turkey Pie Recipe

Give your family a meal to remember with Turkey Pie that’s smoky and savory on the inside and crunchy and flaky on the outside!

Once you taste it, Turkey Pie will be one of your favorite turkey recipes, especially for Thanksgiving dining with your family. I always make it for our family occasions to give everyone a good time.

Believe me, the filling has a burst of flavor beyond what you expect it to be. Even as you slice into the pie, you will see just how delicious the crust can be. With the best crust and filling, everyone will want a slice of the Turkey Pie.

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It takes time and a little bit of effort to make Turkey Pie but everything is worth it. The next time you dine with your family, be sure to cook it and see how happy everyone will be with such good food!

How to Make Turkey Pie

The Turkey Pie is a three-in-one recipe. Why? You will learn how to make turkey filling, pie crust, and the Turkey Pie itself. Take this as a cooking challenge to improve your cooking skills and serve an awesome dish at the same time.

Let’s start with the ingredients you will need.

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Ingredients

Everyone makes their Turkey Pie differently, but here are the ingredients that I always use:

Turkey 

There are many pie fillings you can try, and turkey is one of the best. It has a smoky and savory that tastes richer than chicken. You will also love how tender yet chewy it is, especially when you add vegetables.

You can use fresh or leftover turkey, depending on your preference. As long as you season the turkey, it will give a smoky and savory flavor when you taste the Pie. I’m sure the turkey will have a comforting and filling quality after you cook it.

If you love turkey, then I suggest cooking Fried Rice, Egusi Soup, and Ramen Noodle Soup, too!

Mushrooms 

What gives Turkey Pie an umami taste? Mushrooms! They can give the dish a truly rich and almost meaty flavor. When cooked right, mushrooms will also add a chewy and tender texture.

Adding mushrooms depends on your preference and diet. There are lots of substitutes you can use to replace them in pie recipes. Just don’t forget to add something that complements the turkey.

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Onions

Make your Turkey Pie filling taste so much better with the natural taste of onions. The pungent, spicy, and pepper flavor of onions takes the dish to a new level. You can only trust that the aroma will make the pie so much more appetizing.

Once cooked, you will love how caramelized they taste and feel. It’s also one of the best aromatics to use with chicken, beef, or fish for a more intense flavor. You surely won’t regret adding it to your Turkey Pie.

Thickener

Get whole and beautiful Turkey Pie slices with the help of a thickener.

In this recipe, you just need to mix water and flour into a slurry. It will create a paste that can bind the filling together. When you add the thickener, the filling will not fall apart when you slice the pie.

Adding the slurry will also prevent the filling from drying out. It makes the dish easier to serve and eat, too. The good thing about flour and water is that they won’t cause much change in the filling’s flavor.

Seasoning 

What’s the key to the best Turkey Pie filling? Seasoning!

Every time I make pie filling, I never skip the herbs and spices. For turkey, I suggest using simple spices, such as salt, mixed herbs, all-purpose seasoning, paprika, and curry powder for a burst of flavor.

With this seasoning mix, you will get a good balance of savory, smoky, sweet, and spicy flavors. They can make the turkey, mushrooms, and onions taste better. You can use other herbs and spices that you like, too.

Flour

Make your pie crust at home, starting with flour. It will give you a flaky and crusty pie on the outside with a soft and tender texture in the middle. The flour also helps the pie retain its shape even if you put the filling inside. 

Using flour for the crust will also keep the entire pie together. Go for all-purpose flour to get the right texture for your dish. I also use it for Plantain Bread, Crispy Pan Fried Fish Fillet, and Fluffy Donuts!

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Butter

Adding butter to the pie crust will help you achieve the tender yet flaky texture that you want. Aside from improving the texture, butter also makes the crust tastier so that every bite will have lots of flavor.

When you mix it with the other crust ingredients, the butter can make the dough easier to shape and roll out. It also gives the crust a yellow or golden brown color for an appetizing look.

Evaporated milk

In making a pie crust, you will need milk. It makes the dough easy to mix, knead, and shape. The moisture from milk truly makes a big difference in the crust, both in texture and in flavor.

Milk also adds a mildly sweet flavor for a better-tasting crust. Using other kinds of milk can also change how the crust will taste. Overall, be sure to add milk to make the crust flaky and delicate.

Eggs

A pie recipe always needs a leavening agent. Here, you can use eggs instead of baking powder or yeast. It will allow the dough to rise as it cooks in the oven, giving the dish a fantastic structure.

You will also need the eggs as a glaze for the pie. When you cook it, the pie will have a beautiful color that will make everyone want to eat more!

Crust seasoning

Even if it’s just the crust, you still need to season it with sugar and salt. These can instantly improve the quality of the dish because even the crust is a source of flavor.

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Indeed, it is an affordable recipe you can make during the holidays and Thanksgiving meals. The pie filling is also customizable, so you can make a unique pie every time you cook it!

Directions

Out of all the pie recipes, this Turkey and Mushroom Pie has got to be one of the easiest ones!

Turkey filling

  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium fire. 
  2. Saute the onion and garlic. 
  3. Season it with mixed herbs, smoked paprika, powder, all-purpose seasoning, and salt. 
  4. Stir fry the turkey for five minutes with a wooden spatula
  5. Then, add the mushrooms. 
  6. Cover and cook for five minutes. 
  7. Use a sieve to filter the flour and add water to thicken.
  8. Cover and simmer.
  9. Set it aside. 
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Pie crust

  1. Sieve the flour over a large bowl, add sugar and salt, and mix with a whisk
  2. Add the butter and mix until crumbly. 
  3. Then, knead in the egg and evaporated milk.
  4. Cover the bowl with cling film and keep in the fridge for an hour or overnight. 
  5. Use a dough cutter to slice the dough into half over a lightly floured surface. 
  6. Roll the dough using a rolling pin according to the size of your pie dish.
  7. Mold the dough around the pie dish.
  8. Pull any overhanging dough towards the inside. 
  9. Then, add the cooked filling inside. 
  10. Use a pastry brush to brush the edge of the pie crust with a beaten egg.
  11. Cover the pie with the remaining rolled-out dough. 
  12. Tuck the pastry in and press the edge to seal. Make cuts on the top dough. 
  13. Apply egg wash on the top crust for golden brown doneness.
  14. Bake the pie at 190°C in a preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until golden. 
  15. Place it on a cooling wire rack to rest at room temperature. 
  16. Gently remove it from the pie pan. Slice and serve!
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Give it a taste, and you won’t be able to get enough of it! This dish has a flavorful and flaky crust, rich and yummy filling, and a quality that can make any occasion special.

Tips

Check out these tips for the best Turkey Pie recipe!

Turkey

Buying turkey
  • According to Reader’s Digest, you can go for fresh or frozen turkey.
  • Make sure to purchase one that is well-rounded.
  • Small turkey tends to be more tender compared to large ones. 
Storing turkey
  • You can store pre-cut turkey in the fridge for four days or in the freezer for up to six months.
  • Put them in resealable bags or containers to keep them fresh.

Mushrooms

Buying mushrooms
  • Mushroom Council suggests fresh mushrooms with a smooth appearance and slightly dry texture.
  • They should also feel plump.
  • Avoid ones with soft spots or foul odor. 
Storing mushrooms
  • Keep mushrooms in their original packaging, but once opened, transfer them into a mesh bag.
  • Keep them in the fridge for a week.
  • You can only freeze the ones that have been sauteed. 

Making mixed herbs

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Mix the basil, marjoram, parsley, thyme, sage, tarragon, and oregano in a container. Use a spice grinder to get a finer texture. Store it at room temperature for recipes such as Jollof Rice, Spaghetti, or Fish Seasoning

More Tips

Here are more tips on how you can improve any pie recipe:

  • All Recipes suggests keeping the butter cold for an extra flaky crust. 
  • Let the dough rest in the fridge to prevent shrinking during baking.
  • Preheat the oven to prepare it for baking the pie.
  • Make slices on top of the top dough to allow steam to escape and to give the pie a unique design.
  • Let the cooked pie rest at room temperature before slicing and serving. 
  • Brush the pie with egg wash to give moisture and color to the top. 
  • Also, chill the dough after you mold it into the pie pan. 
  • Seal the dough around the edges to prevent the pie from warping.
  • Use the color of the pie as an indicator of doneness.
  • Bake the pie on the bottom rack of your oven.
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Turkey Pie Variations

In making Turkey Pie, the filling is entirely up to you!

For instance, instead of turkey, you can simply use chicken, beef, or even a combination of your favorite meat. Meanwhile, you can use carrots, celery, broccoli, green beans, potatoes, and more instead of mushrooms.

If you prefer a gluten-free pie crust, then use gluten-free flour. Replace the eggs with the egg substitutes such as softened oats, nut butter, and other alternatives. Meanwhile, you can use almond milk instead for an all-natural option.

There are plenty of other pie fillings to choose from. You can also go for coconut cream, sweet potatoes, peanut butter, strawberry jam, baked apples, pecans, cheesecake, rhubarb, and more. 

I suggest trying this recipe with my Chicken Pie or Meat Pie filling for an extra smokey and meaty flavor. Aside from cooking it in a pie pan, you can also use a cake pan, muffin containers, or tart pan for cooking the pie.

Here are also alternative ways to cook Turkey and Mushroom Pie if you don’t have an oven:

In a pot

  1. Place an iron stand in the middle of a large pot.
  2. Preheat it over a medium-low fire for 10 minutes. You can also put ceramic baking beans in the pot for better cooking.
  3. Then, cover the pie pan with aluminum foil.
  4. Cook for about 50 minutes or until done. 

In the air fryer

  1. Use a pie pan large enough to fit in the air fryer basket.
  2. Cover the pie with aluminum foil and cook for 45 minutes at 190°C. Note that cooking time depends on how large your pie is. 
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  • Oven: Bake the Turkey Pie in the oven.
  • Wok: Cook the pie filling in a wok over a stove.
  • Wooden spatula: Stir the filling using a wooden spatula.
  • Glass bowls: Prepare the ingredients and dough in glass bowls.
  • Measuring cups and spoons: Measure the ingredients to balance the flavors.
  • Fine-mesh sieve: Sieve the dry dough ingredients for a smooth texture.
  • Whisk: Combine dough ingredients with a whisk.
  • Cling film: Cover the dough with cling film to leaven.
  • Dough cutter: Slice the dough using a dough cutter.
  • Rolling pin: Flatten the pie crust with a rolling pin. 
  • Pie pan: Prepare the pie in a pie pan for shape and form.
  • Silicone brush: Apply the egg wash using a silicone brush.
  • Knife: Cut the top crust with a knife. 
  • Cooling wire rack: Place the baked pie on a cooling wire rack.

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How to Serve Turkey Pie

How do you usually serve Turkey Pie?

I usually cook my Turkey Pie as the main dish because of how filling and delicious it is. On its own, it is already flavorful and you can give everyone a better experience when you serve it with side dishes.

Turkey Pie makes a great Thanksgiving dish, but you can also serve it for weekend meals, New Year, and other celebrations. Pre-slice it before serving to make it easier for your guests to get their pieces. 

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For side dishes, you can go for these recipes:

Let the pie cool at room temperature for about 20 to 25 minutes before cutting and serving. You can serve it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Preheat leftovers in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 160°C before serving. 

Make any day a special pie day by cooking this Turkey Pie!

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Serve and eat the Turkey Pie within two hours or while it’s still hot.

Make Ahead

In the fridge: Allow the pie to cool completely. Then, transfer it into a container to store for four days.

To freeze: Unbaked pies can be frozen in freezer bags for up to several months before baking. On the other hand, baked pies can be frozen for several weeks. Wrap the pie in foil or cling film to retain moisture. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does turkey pie last?

At room temperature, I suggest eating the Turkey Pie within two hours. In the fridge, you can keep it for up to four days. Meanwhile, you can store it uncooked in the freezer for several weeks or months.

How long to heat up turkey pie?

Reheat the pie in the oven at 180°C for about twenty minutes. Then, cover it with foil to prevent burning at the top. However, it still depends on how much is left.

What is homemade pie crust made of?

In this recipe, the pie crust is made of flour, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, sugar, and salt. These will also make the pie crust flaky, tender, and delicious!

What are the 3 types of pie crust?

The three types of pie crust are Sucrée, Brisée, and Sablée. Sucrée is a light and crisp dough that can help with moist and liquid filling. I suggest using it for creamy, fruity, or chocolatey pies.

Meanwhile, the sablée is a crumbly and sandy crust that works best for fruit tarts. On the other hand, the brisée is the most basic crust that has stronger crumbs for meat pies like Turkey Pie!

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Turkey and Mushroom Pie

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Make your next Thanksgiving unforgettable by cooking this Turkey and Mushroom Pie!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 pie slices
Course Breakfast & Brunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Calories 248kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the filling

For the pie crust

  • 3 cups flour
  • 10 tbsp butter
  • A pinch sea salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • tbsp fresh milk (or evaporated milk)

For glazing

  • 1 egg

Instructions
 

For the filling

  • Sautee the onion.
    Pour oil into a pot and heat over medium fire. Saute the onion and garlic for a minute. Season it with mixed herbs, paprika, powder, all-purpose seasoning, and salt.
  • Cook the filling.
    Add the diced turkey and stir fry for 5 minutes. Add the chestnut mushrooms. Cover and let it cook for 5 minutes. Sieve the flour and add water to thicken it. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes. Set it aside.

For the pie

  • Make the dough.
    Sieve the flour over a large bowl, add sugar and salt, and mix with a whisk. Add the butter and mix until crumbly. Incorporate the egg, evaporated milk, and knead. Cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
  • Mold the dough.
    Use a dough cutter to slice the dough into half over a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough using a rolling pin according to the size of your pie pan. Mold the dough around the pan and pull any overhanging dough towards the inside.
  • Assemble pie.
    Add the cooked filling inside. Brush the edges of the pie crust with a beaten egg. Cover the pie with the remaining rolled-out dough. Tuck the pastry in and press the edges to seal. Make several cuts on the top dough.
    Apply egg wash on the top crust for golden brown doneness.
  • Bake the pie.
    Cook the pie at 190°C in a preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until golden. Place it on an iron cooling rack to let it rest at room temperature. Gently remove it from the pie pan. Slice and serve!

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Notes

  • Aside from cooking it in a pie pan, you can use a cake pan, muffin containers, or tart pan for cooking the pie.
  • Use chilled butter for a better pie crust.
  • You can also cook the pie in a pot or in the air fryer.
  • Refrigerate the dough after kneading and after molding it in the pie pan.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 8)Calories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 16gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 458mgPotassium: 290mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 3mg
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