Monday, September 30, 2013

Tasty Tuesday ( a little early)- Megs' Pilgrims Pie

This is great to make with your Thanksgiving leftovers.  I first made it a few years ago and its something we love to eat after the main meal.  Depending on how you feel after you eat your meal, you can make this right away with the leftovers but instead of baking right away, put it in the fridge and then bake it the next day in the oven for 40 mins.  

Cooked Turkey 1.5-2 cups finely diced up or ground ( I used the meat grinder attachment for my kitchenaid mixer)
Cranberry Sauce 1/2 cup ( homemade if possible)^
 Mashed Potatoes- 2-3 cups or 1 box of instant
Gravy- 1/2- 1 cup*
 Stuffing - 1-3 cups ( you can use boxed or homemade.  Below I used boxed as my husband ate all the homemade)
Creamed Corn- 1 can

Preheat oven to 350F

Grease casserole dish.  Place ground turkey in botton the dish.  It should completely cover bottom. Place blobs on cranberry sauce on top.

Next place mash potatoes and smooth then cover with gravy

Put stuffing on top of that.  I didn't have too much stuffing left but I spread it out the best I could.

The cover with creamed corn and spread out.

Place completed casserole in the over for 20-40 mins depending on how warm you want it to be.  

If you like to have a crispier style of casserole with the potatoes on top then put
turkey, cranberry, stuffing, creamed corn, gravy, then mashed potatoes.

^How to make cranberry sauce
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 bag of fresh or frozen cranberries

Boil water and sugar together in a small pot.  When it comes to a boil, add the cranberries.  They will start to pop.  Allow to slowly simmer for 10-15 mins, then remove from heat and allow to cool.  For this casserole you only need 1/2 a batch of this so 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 water and 1/2 bag of cranberries

*Homemade gravy
I boiled the turkey carcass when I removed the meat for about 2 hrs.  I then strained out the chunks and had broth left over.  

2 cups of broth
2 tbsp bistro gravy mix

Mashed Potatoes

1 bag of new/ baby potatoes
1/2 cup sour cream ( low fat or fat free)
Salt and Pepper

I love how easy mashed potatoes are to make when you leave the skin on.
Quarter the potatoes and boil until you can stick a fork into them easily.  Use a masher and mash them up.  Add the sour cream and salt and pepper to taste.  This makes creamy tasting mashed potatoes without a lot of added fat.

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