Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Turkey turkey turkey pot pie!

This is the number one reason I prefer turkey to ham for Christmas. Turkey pot pie. I've tried the Joy of Cooking's recipe, and holy crap, what a lot of work, what a lot of pots and pans, and what a lot of washing! Here's how I do mine instead:

(1) Sauté onions, carrots, potatoes, and peas (I use frozen peas 'n carrots) in olive oil. Add turkey chunks and mix:

(2) Stir in some flour and liquid (broth, water, or cheap beer. I like PBR).

(3) Cover with spoonfuls (spoonfuls? spoonsful?) of biscuit dough. I like Joy of Cooking's oil drop biscuits, and they are healthy, fast, and easy. It calls for liquid veggie oil instead of butter or lard, and I also substitute some Alaskan barley flour from The Alaska Flour Company, and some cornmeal, for part of the flour. Adding cornmeal adds a cornbread-like texture.

(4) Bake for 20-30 minutes in a 350-400 degree F oven, depending on what else you want to roast at the same time, or wherever your finger happens to land on the oven dial. Seriously, I think most people would be surprised if they realized how little thought cooking actually takes! People act like it's a delicate balance of chemistry, but really that's only true for desserts and a few specialty items.

(5) Turkey! Turkey! Turkey pot pie! Served with collards that I steam and then toss with olive oil and minced garlic, a trick that BT taught me years ago.

Now, of course I have to share photos of my fuzzy things lounging around the house.

Here is Booger. I swear, she gets cuter every day. Lately, she's so cute it's painful to look at.

I mean, look at this! She's like a dadgum stuffed animal!

Here is DL snuggling with both older ladies. This is why he is a keeper! There is no one else Autumn will accept!

Starbuck has so many paws, she's not sure where to put 'em all. She just sort of flops them out wherever they happen to land.


b said...

oooh i'm gonna have to try that.
but seriously, it still doesn't beat my whole wheat chicken pot pie I made during our childhood, does it? hahaha :)

Arvay said...

I made one of those with the last of the turkey! I mean, a pot pie with whole wheat crust. It was... not bad! I think yours was probably not that bad, either. We were just pickier as kids!