Turkey, Bacon and Butternut Squash Pot Pie

Turkey, Bacon and Butternut Squash Pot Pie

Recipe and photography provided by Heinen’s partner, Chef Billy Parisi. 

This delicious turkey, bacon and butternut squash pot pie is a tasty blend of ground turkey, vegetables and herbs simmered in a creamy broth and topped off and baked with a light and fluffy sheet of puff pastry.

As summer winds down and the school year comes front and center, I am always looking to make tasty, easy-to-make homecooked meals. This fall spin on the classic turkey pot pie is incredibly easy to make, extremely delicious and comes together in under one hour.

One of my favorite things about this turkey pot pie recipe is that it can be customized to meet the needs of your family’s taste buds. You can definitely add in peas, kale, carrots, root vegetables or anything else that you may want to include. In the same manner, if there is something you want to swap or take out, that is definitely fine as well. You can use sliced turkey breasts instead of ground turkey, or get rid of the celery and onions if you’d like. My advice when it comes to cooking has always been to make recipes work for you.

To include some amazing bacon flavor into this recipe, start by rendering off some bacon fat and crisping up some sliced-up bacon. Not only will this add tons of delicious flavor to this pot pie, but it will also act as the oil that we will cook the rest of the turkey and vegetables in. Once the bacon is crispy, remove it from the pan and add the turkey and vegetables to the rendered bacon fat and saute for 5 to 6 minutes.

Bacon Cooking in Pot

Pot pie, by nature, is really thick, so to ensure that it is to the proper consistency you will make a roux using the rendered bacon fat used for cooking the vegetables. Stir in some flour and then add in some chicken stock. It should immediately become very thick, and at this point add in some cream, herbs, salt and pepper. Be sure to taste it as well as it is really good.

If you are cooking all of these vegetables in a big cast-iron skillet, you can actually add the puff pastry right to the top of the pan and bake it. If you are not using a cast-iron skillet, transfer the mixture to a 13×9 casserole dish and place the puff pastry sheet right on top. be sure to brush the puff pastry with a simple whisk of egg and milk, which will help brown it up.

Bake the pot pie for a delicious easy to make weeknight dinner for your family.

Turkey, Bacon and Butternut Squash Pot Pie

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1  yellow onion, peeled and small diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, small diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic; finely minced
  • 2 cups of cremini or button mushrooms, or both, sliced
  • 1 large small butternut squash, diced and peeled
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage and thyme ( each), chopped
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 egg whisked with 1 tablespoon of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large pan or pot over medium heat add the bacon and cook until crispy.
  3. Once crisp and browned, remove the bacon from the pan and set aside. Add the turkey, onions, celery, garlic, mushrooms and squash and cook until the turkey is cooked through about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Stir in the flour until it is mixed in and then add in the chicken stock and turn the heat up to high.
  5. Once the mixture becomes very thick, add in the cream, sage, thyme and salt and pepper and mix until completely combined.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a 13×9 casserole dish and lay the sheet of puff pastry right over top.
  7. Brush the puff pastry with the egg and milk mixture and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the puff pastry is flaky and browned.
  8. Remove from the oven and serve.

Turkey, Bacon and Butternut Squash Pot Pie on Plate

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