Potato Topped Turkey Pot Pie Recipe

Posted November 18, 2017 by Stephanie
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As much as I love Thanksgiving at home with family, I think I might like Friendsgiving even more. Shh, don’t tell my mom though. It has nothing to do with that time my mom accidentally locked the turkey in the oven and we made do with fried chicken – personally, that’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving memories and I really have to tell you guys that story soon! But, family cooking drama aside, Friendsgiving is always fun because instead of the regular traditional dishes that you might always have at home, with friends you’re free to experiment.

Potato Topped Turkey Pot Pie Recipe - Potato Topped Turkey Pot Pie Recipe -

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I especially like it when I get invited to a potluck Friendsgiving because I know it means that I’ll get to eat so many different things and if you know me, I’m obsessed with variety at meals. Give me sixteen different dishes, and I’ll have a tiny bit of everything on my plate, no shame!

Land O’Lakes asked me to create a Friendsgiving recipe worthy of sharing and I came up with this potato topped turkey pot pie combo. The bottom is what you’d expect of a traditional turkey pot pie: creamy béchamel, chunks of tender turkey, onions, carrots, and peas. Then on top, it’s a mashed potato party! I love that it’s kind of like a turkey dinner on your plate. The best part of Thanksgiving, for me, is always (always!) the fluffy buttery mashed potatoes. I’m a mashed potato fiend. I used to beg my mom to lick the masher when she made mash, much like kids beg to lick frosting off whisks.

Potato Topped Turkey Pot Pie Recipe -

Potato Topped Turkey Pot Pie Recipe - Potato Topped Turkey Pot Pie Recipe -

Now, I sometimes just make mashed potatoes and eat them as a meal: true story. I think I would be happy with a Friendsgiving entirely of different varieties of mashed potatoes. That would be AMAZING. But, I guess it might only be amazing for me, so please, tell me, what would you bring? My friend, Tessa of Style Sweet CA  and I got together to make our Friendsgiving dishes and it was an absolute blast. Please watch our little video! I was worried that we wouldn’t have enough to say in the video, but when Mike filmed and edited, he ended up telling me that we had almost too much to say. I guess that’s just what happens when friends get together in the kitchen ;)

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Potato Topped Turkey Pot Pie Recipe -

Happy Friendsgiving Friends! May it be full of mashed potatoes and butter.
xoxo steph

PS – Please check out Tessa’s post right here!

Potato Topped Turkey Pot Pie Recipe
serves 6-8

Turkey Pie Filling

  • 2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced, about 1 cup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cups cubed cooked turkey meat, about 1 lb
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Mashed Potatoes

  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3-4 tablespoons butter, Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil
  • 1/4-1/2 cup milk
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Place peeled, cut and rinsed off potatoes in a pot with the garlic and cover with water. Salt the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender.

While the potatoes are cooking, make the pie filling: Melt the butter with canola oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and carrot and cook until tender, but not brown, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Sprinkle the flour on and stir to incorporate. Pour the chicken stock in a thin stream into the skillet, whisking constantly. Bring to a simmer to thicken.

Add the turkey and simmer, stirring often, until the sauce is thickened and turkey is warmed through, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the peas, parsley, and salt and pepper, and then place in your oven proof casserole dish, spreading and smoothing out evenly.

When the potatoes are cooked, drain well and return to the pot. Over very, very low heat, mash the potatoes and garlic with the butter. Stir in the milk until desired consistency. (I like a pretty stiff mash for shepherd’s pie.) Don’t over work the potatoes! Taste and season generously, adjusting butter and milk as needed. Top the turkey mixture with the mashed potatoes and dot with tiny cubes of butter, if desired.

Bake, on a rimmed baking sheet to catch drips, until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy, about 30 minutes. If needed, broil for 5-8 minutes for an extra golden potato top. Enjoy warm!

I partnered with Land O’Lakes to create this post. Thank you!


  1. Em says:

    ok, I also LOVE mashed potatoes and have also eaten full meals composed entirely of potatoes. They’re just so delicious (and comforting)! Also, that video was so cute and informative — I’ve never made a bundt cake before, but I’ll have to remember to release the cake while warm — thanks for sharing :)

  2. Kelly says:

    Hi, I was planning to roast the garlic for my mashed potatoes this year – and sorry, but I can’t listen to the video at work – but I noticed that it had a tip pop up – cook the garlic in the water instead of roasting! That intrigued me, what’s the benefit of doing that? Thanks in advance!

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi kelly,
      it’s just a quick trick instead of roasting garlic to add a bit of garlic flavor to your potatoes. you’re essentially cooking the garlic so the raw taste of garlic isn’t there so you have cooked garlic to mash into your potatoes :)

  3. K you two are both SO CUTE. And this dish looks and sounds SO good. Love the trick about dry potatoes! I laughed out loud about your mom locking the turkey in the oven… but YAY to fried chicken!!! LOL!! I want to make this for real!! (though Rich will have to sit this one out, oops.) All of your Thanksgiving turkey-themed non-traditional-turkey meals are making me excited! XO

  4. Randall says:

    I prepared 6 of these in small cast iron pots. Followed the recipe to a Tee. Marvelous idea. I must admit I took credit,:) Love what you’re doing. Best food blog out there.

    1. Stephanie says:

      thanks so much randall! 6 mini pot pies sound amazingly cute :)

  5. Kelly says:

    Hi Steph! Happy Thanksgiving! Do you think I could make this dish and freeze it? I’m thinking of making it for a party, but it’s not for another week. Or would it be better to freeze the turkey itself and then make the dish on the day of? Can I freeze mashed potatoes?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi kelly,
      i’ve never frozen mashed potatoes but i don’t see why it wouldn’t work – i see frozen potato topped things in the freezer section at the grocery store all the time. but, it might be better just to make the base, freeze that, then do the potatoes the day of so the potatoes are nice and fresh. if you have time the day of, i would just freeze the turkey as is, then make the whole pie (base and potato topping) the day of the party. hope that helps!

  6. Carl says:

    How many does this recipe feed?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi carl,
      it serves 6-8, but i guess if you’re really hungry, it will serve 4 :)

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