Turkey Potpie with a Biscuit Crust
Published by Chronicle
My grandmother used to make chicken potpies. Her turquoise, Formica-topped kitchen table would get a dusting of flour before she turned out the biscuit dough from the bowl. I’d keep my elbows on the edge of the table, hands at my cheeks, watching intently as she rolled out the dough. Sometimes she’d cut individual biscuits to top her potpies, and other times she’d make one big circle and lift it in one fell swoop onto the chicken filling. She baked her potpie in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. As she grew old, though, her set of cast-iron pans got too heavy for her to lift. She gave them to me, and I use one to bake this dish. Any deep, oval or round baking pan will work—one just might hold more memories than another.
Cooking Methodbaking, sauteeing
Total Timeunder 2 hours
Make Ahead RecipeYes
One Pot MealYes
Recipe Coursemain course
Dietary Considerationmain course
Five Ingredients or LessYes
Taste and Texturesavory
Type of DishThanksgiving Leftovers, savory/pot pie
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
- 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 5 tablespoons ice-cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 1½ cups Turkey Stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 medium carrot (4 ounces), peeled, and thinly sliced into rounds
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small yellow onion (about 4 ounces), diced
- 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, wiped or brushed clean, stems trimmed, and quartered
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ cup heavy (whipping) cream
- 3 cups ½-inch dice of roast turkey
- ½ cup minced fresh parsley
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons milk for brushing
TO MAKE THE BISCUIT DOUGH
Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir to mix well. Use a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingertips to work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the buttermilk, and blend just until the dough holds together. Pat the dough into a ½-inch thick round, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate while you are making the filling.
TO MAKE THE FILLING
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Have ready an 8-cup baking dish about 2 inches deep, or use a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with 2-inch sides. In a 1-quart saucepan, bring the stock to a boil. Add the carrot and cook until crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the carrot to a plate and set aside. Turn off the heat under the stock.
In a 10-inch skillet, heat the butter with the oil over medium heat until the butter foams. Add the onion and sauté until it begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté until they just begin to brown, about 3 minutes longer. Sprinkle the flour over the onion-mushroom mixture and stir to blend in. Slowly stir in the stock, bring to a simmer, and stir until smooth and thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the cream, stir to blend, and bring to a simmer. Add the reserved carrot, the turkey, and parsley, and stir to combine. Return the mixture to a simmer; then add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat. Transfer the filling to a baking pan, unless you have cooked the filling in a cast-iron skillet.
Turn out the biscuit dough onto a floured work surface. Flour a rolling pin, and roll out the dough into a 10-inch circle. Carefully place the dough over the filling, centering it in the pan. Lightly press the edges of the dough against the sides of the pan. Brush the top of the dough with the milk. Cut 3 slits, each 2 inches long, in the center of the dough. Bake until the dough is nicely browned, about 25 minutes. Serve immediately.
2001 Diane Morgan