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So often in the kitchen, what I cook is a success. Even if it isn’t amazing to look at, it’s at least decent to eat. This tendency toward success may be giving me an inflated sense of bravado. (It may also explain why I love cooking so much: we gravitate towards what we’re good at, yes?) So, when I have a kitchen fail, I often panic, losing any sense of humor or grace. Such was the case yesterday, attempting and failing, again, with pie crust.

Pie crust eludes me like nothing else. Part of this, I believe, is because it is a rather fussy bit of pastry; it’s demanding and technique-driven, where I am partial to the unfussy and definitely not technique-driven in the kitchen. I love to make things that allow for a little breathing room, a little flexibility. Pie crust, it seems, is the opposite of that.

Kimberley Hasselbrink

The purpose of this pie crust was to make some mini-turkey pot pies: the perfect vehicle for leftovers following Thanksgiving. But, well, that’s not happening. After another year of uncooperative crust, I think pie and me are through. Plan B, in lieu of the perfect crust, is a simple hand pie, made with pizza dough, that has a filling not unlike pot pie, but is easier to make and a little bit healthier too. (Following a feast the size of Thanksgiving, something that’s a little bit healthier isn’t going to hurt anybody.) What I love about these little pies is how flexible they are: you can fill them with any Thanksgiving leftover you desire, be it stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes or green beans. Tuck in some turkey meat and a little cheese, bake them for about 20 minutes, and you’re all set.

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Turkey, Cheddar and Apple Hand Pies

Whole wheat pizza dough (pre-made or following this recipe)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1 cup roasted and diced turkey meat
1 medium, crisp apple, diced
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

If using chilled pizza dough, allow to come to room temperature for about an hour.

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Warm the butter in a skillet over a medium low flame. Saute the onion, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about ten minutes. Add spinach and stir to wilt the leaves, about two minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium bowl. Add the turkey meat, diced apple, cheddar cheese, thyme and sage and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Set aside.

On a floured surface, roll the pizza dough into a large square, roughly 12×12 inches. Divide into 16 squares about 3×3 inches. Place the squares on a large, lightly oiled baking sheet.

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Using a spoon or your hands, portion a generous tablespoon of the filling in the center of each square.

Fold one edge of the square over the other, forming a triangle. Fold and pinch the edges together to seal. Pierce the top with a fork. Brush the surface with a little olive oil, and finish with a sprinkle of sea salt.

Bake in the oven until the crust is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Best enjoyed hot. Can be reheated. They freeze well.

Kimberley Hasselbrink

And if you’re looking for Thanksgiving inspiration, I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you:

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Spiced Sweet Potato Latkes

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Kale and Persimmon Salad

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan and Lemon

Kimberley Hasselbrink

Apple, Pear and Cranberry Crisp

Beet Gratin with Gruyere and Thyme

Kale and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Honey Roasted Pears

Apple Cider Cream Pie

Honey and Toasted Nutmeg Ice Cream

And as for the bird itself, last year I employed this brine and an unfussy roasting method with great success! Best of luck on the big day! Here’s to our failures making us better.

Kimberley Hasselbrink is a food photographer and blogger based in San Francisco. She is the author of the blog The Year in Food, which is framed around a monthly seasonal food guide. Kimberley enjoys unusual produce, strong coffee, road trips and summer nights.

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  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux says: Featured

    I used to struggle with pie crust, too. Then I discovered the secret is to NOT be so fussy about it. It seems like the less attention I give to it, the better it turns out.

    2 years ago

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers says:

    yum! i will pass this along to my pie makin' sweety :)

    2 years ago

  • ladyeuphrosilie

    ladyeuphrosilie says:

    This recipe made my tummy grumble! YUM! I will making these delicious pies over the weekend.

    2 years ago

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry says:

    All of these look so yummy I am writing them down!

    2 years ago

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry says:

    all look so yummy, Thanks

    2 years ago

  • nekote

    nekote says:

    forget thanksgiving-I want the leftovers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos says:

    Yumm! I love this!!! Can't wait to make some!!!! Especially with Thanksgiving leftovers!!

    2 years ago

  • spiritfruits

    spiritfruits says:

    OMG! Those look so good!

    2 years ago

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord says:

    oh yum!

    2 years ago

  • Cheyneystoker

    Cheyneystoker says:

    you're making me so hungry, the brussel sprouts look delicious!

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Oh goodie - recipes I can pass on to my friends who cook for me! They look yummy. I'm better at making reservations.

    2 years ago

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime says:

    Looks great.

    2 years ago

  • askewcreations
  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion says:

    Delicious!

    2 years ago

  • zatanah

    zatanah says:

    Mmm! Love the brussel sprouts dish.

    2 years ago

  • junebugandco

    junebugandco says:

    My mouth is watering as I type, seriously!

    2 years ago

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez says:

    man these look good! so so looking forward to the holidays

    2 years ago

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt says:

    A few substitutions for this vegetarian girl, and I'm all over these. Thanks for the awesome, creative and almost all vegetarian recipes!!!

    2 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    i am LOSING IT!! this all looks so delicious. im super hungry all of a sudden.

    2 years ago

  • onceuponabox

    onceuponabox says:

    Those hand pies look delicious. What a great idea. Can't wait to try them. Thanks!!!

    2 years ago

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop says:

    You know, I'm with you on the pie crust. A few years ago, I set learning to make a great pie crust as one of my goals for the summer. Then I tried my first Pillsbury roll-out crust. I just scratched that goal off my list. Whether it's potpie, or apple tarts, or whatever, those roll-out crusts are as good as any homemade crust I've ever tasted. Simple.

    2 years ago

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer says:

    yum, yum. It all looks good! even the brussel sprouts look extra yummy!

    2 years ago

  • curetheblueribbon

    curetheblueribbon says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! Cant wait to try a few of these!!

    2 years ago

  • TheCove

    TheCove says:

    Yummmm! These look so good, I will try making them - even though my cooking skills are a little off ; ) can't wait to see how they come out. Thanks for the recipe!

    2 years ago

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage says:

    Wow! These all look tasty! I too have a hard time with homemade crust & gravy....esp. the gravy it eludes me :(

    2 years ago

  • BiloxiHousewife

    BiloxiHousewife says:

    OMG..... I am sooooo making this! Yummy!

    2 years ago

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop says:

    Great way to use turkey leftovers - transformed into yummy handpies!!!

    2 years ago

  • dbsj

    dbsj says:

    I am lovin' all the recipes, although I am not cooking this year, I will have to make them soon... Thanks for the recipes.

    2 years ago

  • acuriousbrood
  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery says:

    Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz says:

    Wow - so simple yet so incredibly delectable!!! Gotta try this!!

    2 years ago

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees says:

    Wonderful recipes!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    2 years ago

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd says:

    drool

    2 years ago

  • dailydangerco

    dailydangerco says:

    the secret to pie crust is freezing the butter, grating it with a cheese grater, refreeze for twenty minutes. then cut into the flower. add ice water a TBSP at a time until dough reaches the right consistency. fridge for two hours. roll out. works every time. going to have to fill it with left overs this year. excellent idea. thanks ;)

    2 years ago

  • zoejane1

    zoejane1 says:

    Come to my house to cook...I hate to cook...

    2 years ago

  • prettylovelypainting

    prettylovelypainting says:

    Gosh! i want to eat it all! wish I could make it! can I buy it?

    2 years ago

  • weezieduzzit

    weezieduzzit says:

    Hand pies are the new macarons, which were the new salted caramel.

    2 years ago

  • elisemahan

    elisemahan says:

    this is brilliant i am going to try them all!

    2 years ago

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux says: Featured

    I used to struggle with pie crust, too. Then I discovered the secret is to NOT be so fussy about it. It seems like the less attention I give to it, the better it turns out.

    2 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    I always have more of my homemade pie crust dough than I have of pie filling. Instead of losing it in the freezer, these hand pies are the perfect no-waste solution. They go quickly! Can't wait to try. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • nickiefrye

    nickiefrye says:

    I am SO trying the hand pie thing!

    2 years ago

  • AllCountryPretties

    AllCountryPretties says:

    The last time I made pie crust my kids likened it to potato chips! I buy the pie crust that comes already rolled out. It is in the refrigerator section in a long box. Just open, unroll it and you have a great pie crust. My Grandmother made "fried" pies which non of us has ever been able to make. Make your pie crust, roll it into small circles, put in fruit filling, crimp the edges and fry on both sides in lard. I think her secret was using lard in the crust. That was probably the only thing that she had as they always killed the hog on cold winter days so the hams could cure without spoiling and they rendered the lard from the hog fat in a large cast iron pot over an open fire outside. It was then sealed in glass canning jars and used for all baking and frying. She ws also known to use leftover gravy for the fat in her breakfast biscuits. Waste not; want not, right? I have had several rural relatives that used lard; never heard of shortening or olive oil. The only spread for bisquits was "real" butter. They all lived into their 80's and 90's. Makes you wonder if it is really animal fat that is clogging out arteries. Of course, they got a lot more exercise that we do. I mean, someone had to run the hog down. That reminds me of a story my first mother-in-law told of the time they were going to kill hogs and her husband decided that if he roped the hog around the neck, she could hold it while he shot it.One shot and that hog was out of there! Back to my first comment about someone having to run the hog down. By the time I entered the family they had started taking the hog and having it butchered and then bringing it home to make the lard, sausage, cure the hams, etc. We had been doing all of that stuff and I went into the house to get warmed up and noticed a large pot cooking on the stove so I looked in expecting to see something yummy. But there staring me in the face was the hog head, snout, ears and all. Ever hear of "head cheese". As I said they believed in the "waste not; want not" theory.

    2 years ago

  • InfiniteCosmosHemp

    InfiniteCosmosHemp says:

    ooooh! Those recipes sound so incredibly yummy!!!

    2 years ago

  • OldBarnCrafts

    OldBarnCrafts says:

    In Michigan, these are called 'pastys' *grin* I will definitely be trying this recipe! It looks delish! (PS...I get my daughter to make the crusts. she uses lard instead of butter. they are flaky every time!)

    2 years ago

  • moonula

    moonula says:

    haha, AllCountryPretties, your story reminds me of a sticker I saw that said : Local, Organic Food---Or, As Our Great Grandparents Called It- "Food". I am, however, glad the pies in the feature don't require lard :) And they look easy too!

    2 years ago

  • happyowl

    happyowl says:

    YUM. This is no failure, but an inspiration. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • onnesti

    onnesti says:

    Now this is food for thought(fully)- good eating!!!

    2 years ago

  • chainchainchained
  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund says:

    Pie crust is often a flop for me, too. I can mix it up, but I always try to have a sister handy to roll it out for me. This recipe looks delish!

    2 years ago

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry says:

    Wonderful Post!! Looking forward to making and eating those pies!!! And a few others I saw! :0

    2 years ago

  • sewlola

    sewlola says:

    I would love to try the hand pies recipe. It looks delicious!

    2 years ago

  • aporchiazzo

    aporchiazzo says:

    This one is going into the recipe binder for sure.

    2 years ago

  • mynamehere

    mynamehere says:

    Wonderful ideas, these look amazing and I'm starting to get hungry now. Don't give up on pie crusts, they're worth the occasional frustration. Use vodka in place of some of the water for the moisture in the recipe and you can get a much wetter, easier dough to roll out without toughening up the dough. There's a good recipe for a vodka pie crust from America's Test Kitchen/Cooks Illustrated. If you have a food processor, it is a great recipe to start with.

    2 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    mmmm Everything looks so good ~ the Spiced Sweet Potato Latkes are my favorite

    2 years ago

  • BroccoliHouse

    BroccoliHouse says:

    yum yum they all look delicious!!

    2 years ago

  • CherishedHearts

    CherishedHearts says:

    I make the ugliest pie crust in the world, but thankfully the boys don't care what it looks like as long as it's yummy.

    2 years ago

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy says:

    Oh my god oh my god oh my GOOOODD!!! This is making me drool, thanks will definitely be trying this~ Heidi

    2 years ago

  • autumnvelvetrose
  • tabethasullens

    tabethasullens says:

    DROOOOOOOOOOOl. This looks fabulous! Will def. have to try. Thank you so much for sharing!! :)

    2 years ago

  • JeezumCrowVintage

    JeezumCrowVintage says:

    Ahhhhh, yes! If there's anything I love as much as browsing/selling on Etsy it is cooking! Thank you for sharing these recipes, they all sound great and I think I will try many of them. :o) Happy holidays, all! xo

    2 years ago

  • SweetiePieCollars

    SweetiePieCollars says:

    Those hand pies are genius!! Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • happyfamily

    happyfamily says:

    Oh this is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing, can't wait to try this with tgiving leftovers.

    2 years ago

  • MookieDesigns

    MookieDesigns says:

    Looks delicious, but I still prefer my pasties with pastry!

    2 years ago

  • DearlyLoved22

    DearlyLoved22 says:

    What a unique recipe. My stomach is growling! Looking forward to making these creative little pies sometime soon. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • sageANDindie

    sageANDindie says:

    I'm starving now. Thanks a lot! ;)

    2 years ago

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor says:

    Wow - all of the delicious photos and recipes have made me incredibly hungry! Great post - thank you so much for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier says:

    My gosh, my mouth is watering over these delectables and I'm ready to go to bed! I too have never tackled a pie crust yet that foldovermagiggy there looks incredibly good along with the brussel sprouts and cake. Great ideas!

    2 years ago

  • karmabean82

    karmabean82 says:

    ooh girl, I am drooling and ready to eat now!!! hahaaa thanks so much for the wonderful post and yummy recipes~~!!

    2 years ago

  • OMGartwork

    OMGartwork says:

    FANTASTIC IDEA! I know where my leftovers are going!

    2 years ago

  • GlitterOrnaments

    GlitterOrnaments says:

    WOW, all of these look amazing!

    2 years ago

  • ArtisanValleyDesigns
  • StraitjacketSLeather

    StraitjacketSLeather says:

    What a great, fun idea for leftovers! Thank you for sharing & happy thanksgiving! :)

    2 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights says:

    Thanks for sharing, I will have to give this a try, yum!

    2 years ago

  • zhenja

    zhenja says:

    thank you. will definitely give it a try!!

    2 years ago

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite says:

    Looks so yummy!

    2 years ago

  • peshka

    peshka says:

    Wow looks yumm! I

    2 years ago

  • friskyspinster

    friskyspinster says:

    If you want to make good pie crust, you have to have a good recipe and a good cutting tool to mix the ingredient. If you are trying to do it with a whisk or a fork, that might be your problem. I recommend getting a rocker blade--a handle which has about 8 bladed that curve above your knuckles as you hold it. You use it to cut the butter, shortening or (old school) lard into the flour, which is the first step. I have lots of cookbooks, but for things like pie crust, I always go to the "church lady" cookbooks that I collect. The old timers know how it's done! I use my 93 year old Mama's pie crust recipe, though I have tweaked it a bit, and I think it is a wee bit better. Mama said so, too! 3 cups all purpose or bread flour, 1 tsp salt (BLEND) cut in 1/2 cup salted butter, 1/2 unsalted butter, and 1/2 cup shortening. Butter should be cold but not frozen. Don't over work it, just cut until all the flour is mixed in and stop when it looks like dry oatmeal. Add 1/2 cup of cold water with 1 tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar mixed in and work it into the flour mix. When you have a rather dry dough like consistency, take out half and put it on a clean floured tabletop or pie board. Make a loose patty--don't squash it too much. Coat the crust patty and the rolling pin with a dusting of flour and place the rolling pin across the crust patty and roll toward yourself. Roll towards yourself and then angle the pin a quarter turn and roll again. If you aren't able to move around the table, or move the board, then roll away from yourself when you get to the opposite side of the crust, and roll back around, always rolling from the center of the crust outwards, until you have a circle. Slide a spatula under the crust and lift it gently and put your hands under it and place it over your greased pie tin. Snug it down into the tin and cut off the excess. For covered pies, use the other half of the crust, and either fit it over as a circle and cut off the edge and make slits (these can be decorative" or make long strips and cut them with a pizza cutter and weave them over the top of the pie. For fruit pies, dust the upper crust with a bit of sugar.

    2 years ago

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign says:

    Yummy! Delicious!

    2 years ago

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana says:

    Looks very delicious!

    2 years ago

  • girliepains

    girliepains says:

    Very unique!

    2 years ago

  • CapricornCeramics

    CapricornCeramics says:

    Yummmmyyyy! Will try the recipe, this weekend! Thanks :)

    2 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Nice they're kinda like little calzone pizzas, yum!

    2 years ago

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff says:

    Thank you for all the great ideas!

    2 years ago

  • bimaKolenc

    bimaKolenc says:

    mmmmm..can't wait to try it..sure mine wont look that good ;).. thank you very much! great idea for today's lunch

    2 years ago

  • glassandlight

    glassandlight says:

    All those foods are making me hungry - what lovely ideas and mouth-watering photos!

    2 years ago

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree says:

    Sounds delicious. What a great way to get rid of leftovers. Very similar to what we Michiganders call a Pasty. A staple in the early 1900's among the and copper miners in the Upper Peninsula as well as us Yoopers and Yoopers at heart.

    2 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Yes, TheHickoryTree, it definitely IS a pasty! In my neck of the woods (SW England) folks have been making them for ever, filled traditionally with beef, onion & potatoes at one end & apple at the other! Miners could eat them without washing their hands because they threw away the bit of crust they held on to (theorietically!) "Hand pies" aren't a new invention.

    2 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    thank you ... for being "real" about failed attempts in the kitchen for the amazing list of great recipes to bookmark and try for showing a "well used " cookie sheet ..looks like mine! I enjoyed this so much ..now off to find some breakfast!!

    2 years ago

  • coletteelick

    coletteelick says:

    I feel the same way about pie crust.....pillsbury ready made pie crusts & store made pizza dough are my best friends and never let me down!

    2 years ago

  • MCsHandmadeTreasures

    MCsHandmadeTreasures says:

    I will have to try this. It sounds sooo good. Thank you!

    2 years ago

  • WendaLynneDesigns

    WendaLynneDesigns says:

    Mmmmm - I am hungry now reading about all this wonderful food! :D THANK YOU!

    2 years ago

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb says:

    OMG- those pies look good! THanks!

    2 years ago

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb says:

    PS. Where is the recipe for the brussels sprouts?

    2 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies
  • editharlene

    editharlene says:

    I just eat but looking at this sure has made me hungry.

    2 years ago

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen says:

    I do love to cook - and use leftovers! I will be trying these with leftover roast beef and gravy - might have to cook some more mashed potatoes to go with them. And I completely understand about pie dough - I cheat, I use the premade shells or the premade dough that comes in rolls. It might be processed food which I rarely use but sometimes I just have to admit defeat and use what's available and when you love pie, that's just the way it has to be!

    2 years ago

  • TheBuzz

    TheBuzz says:

    Appreciated!

    2 years ago

  • saraaires

    saraaires says:

    I 've just had lunch, but I'm really drooling over my desk! Schhléééppp!! :-P

    2 years ago

  • NoraQuinonez

    NoraQuinonez says:

    Now I know that I'll be cooking this weekend! Thank you so much.

    2 years ago

  • surfrgirl

    surfrgirl says:

    Yummy! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • TarasArtHouse

    TarasArtHouse says:

    yummm i love apple and cheese together

    2 years ago

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl says:

    Turkey, cheddar, apple......PURE GENIUS! That sounds SO yummy!

    2 years ago

  • YarnUiPhoneApp

    YarnUiPhoneApp says:

    For anyone in Chicago, the best pasty in the city is at Owen & Engine (with picalilly, chutney and arugula salad). Try one...They're so delish washed down with a beer. Pasties were popular with Wisconsin miners in the past - they'd take one to work in their lunch pail. Anyhow, I think it would be easy to recreate on the double with a tube (yeah a tube) of pie crust that can be cracked open at a moment's notice, filled with refrigerator leftovers...but the cheese would be key, I'd imagine. Something sharp...what about a few knobs of blue cheese? Gosh, I'm getting hungry just writing this.

    2 years ago

  • KneeDeepOriginals

    KneeDeepOriginals says:

    Fabulous! Thanks for sharing! Though I don't eat meat, these little pies will hold just about anything else.

    2 years ago

  • fishinclouds

    fishinclouds says:

    I can't wait for after Thanksgiving!!! The hand pies looked sooooo good I wanted to eat my computer screen!

    2 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Etsy's cooking up some Thanksgiving meals :) yum!

    2 years ago

  • StephenCraven

    StephenCraven says:

    Anything made with sweet potatoes, I tell my wife about, and the idea of your Sweet Potato Latkes will be a hit!

    2 years ago

  • hannahbanana17

    hannahbanana17 says:

    Thanks for sharing! Everything looks delish!

    2 years ago

  • VeiledIntensity

    VeiledIntensity says:

    I'm so excited because it's hard to find a dessert that can easily be made to be gluten/dairy/cane sugar free. That last one will be easy to modify AND it will still be yummy. Trust me, I can tell. I'm an expert by this time!!! :D

    2 years ago

  • BeautifulSoaps

    BeautifulSoaps says:

    Thank you for sharing. I just watched a video on how to make pastry puff and I think I'm gonna splice your recipe in with mine. Your pictures are lovely!

    2 years ago

  • wgage1

    wgage1 says:

    Your turkey pot pie/pockets/empanadas is a wonderful idea - thank you for the great recipe!

    2 years ago

  • natew8

    natew8 says:

    These look yummy! I'm spending thanksgiving alone so I'm gonna make these the leftovers of my turkey

    2 years ago

  • katncar

    katncar says:

    A terrific idea. Definitely going to use this one. Makes me laugh when I remember my first experience making pie crust. As a very young teen I thought I would surprise my Mom and Dad....so after school I tried to make a pie for them. I thought that pie crust was made the same as bread so I kneaded it......it was grey and gummy. I tossed it in the garbage!!!! What a disappointment. But....now that I am a grandma, I have finally mastered it.... :) ...

    2 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Sounds great! Thanks for the recipe!

    2 years ago

  • genisepark

    genisepark says:

    This looks really great can't wait to try it.

    2 years ago

  • HelloMountains

    HelloMountains says:

    miam!!!!

    2 years ago

  • GardenGateBotanicals

    GardenGateBotanicals says:

    Lovely post! I see you have had several helpful souls giving you advice on how to make pie crust. I was a pie crust failure for years myself, and then a kind lady gave me the secret to fabulous pie crust. I don't use any fancy tools like rocker cutters; just a bowl, a fork, the magic ingredients, and a rolling pin. It comes out flaky and perfect every time. Convo me if you want the recipe, being a pie crust making failure in the past, I would love to share it with you ; ).

    2 years ago

  • starvingartistbazaar

    starvingartistbazaar says:

    Mmm.... Turkey dinner in a pie. I have to try it!

    2 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    Wow- this is a great use of pizza dough! I love how these are so portable, you can warm it up and take it anywhere, we can't wait to make the vegetarian version with mushrooms in lieu of the turkey for our meat-free thanksgiving.

    2 years ago

  • RossLab

    RossLab says:

    What an interesting flavor combination! It looked weird at first, but the result seems... yummy:)

    2 years ago

  • hyfunda

    hyfunda says:

    Lovely recipes! the photos are wonderful too:)

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie
  • PotteryKreations

    PotteryKreations says:

    I will definitely try these, they sound delish!

    2 years ago

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather says:

    These look wicked good! I'm not much for cooking but boy do I love to eat. ;) I'm going to have to find a friend that likes to cook to make these with!

    2 years ago

  • kaeojewelry

    kaeojewelry says:

    Hungry!

    2 years ago

  • sugarloafsoap

    sugarloafsoap says:

    What a great idea for pizza dough on any day :) Love your photos, too. Thanks so much for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • vendeeenvogue

    vendeeenvogue says:

    Sounds great! I will definitely try this! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • spero511

    spero511 says:

    Pie crust is simple. The main thing is keeping bits of the solid fat whole and cold before it's baked. When the fat melts in the oven, that's what creates the flakiness. So don't over-incorporate the butter (or lard or shortening) and chill it thoroughly before rolling out. Easy peasy.

    2 years ago

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto says:

    Yummy...those remind me of Colombian Empanadas....!!

    2 years ago

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia says:

    OMG these look sooo yummy! I can't wait for leftovers!

    2 years ago

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts says:

    YEs i will be making these this week. We've been meaning to make a batch of pot pies and these little hand pies sound more fun. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • MadeMerriShop

    MadeMerriShop says:

    Why have I never thought of this? My husband will be thrilled :). Thanks so much Kimberly!

    2 years ago

  • katieblairdesigns

    katieblairdesigns says:

    These look so delicious! I never know what to do with the left overs that we always end up with. Thanks for the idea!

    2 years ago

  • soap

    soap says:

    I don't like turkey (Mom kind of overdid it between Thxgiving and Xmas) but those look YUMMY!!!! I'll have to make some for my family and friends :)

    2 years ago

  • soap

    soap says:

    Everything else looks fantastic!

    2 years ago

  • LandfillHill

    LandfillHill says:

    I'm so excited about trying this 'pie'. I have had the 'pastys' from Michigan and they are incredible. As a few of the others have said, I will be picking up roll-out pie crusts in the refrigerated section. Thanks for the after-Thanksgiving inspiration!!

    2 years ago

  • LandfillHill

    LandfillHill says:

    p.s. I changed my name to Estie + Haskell... not sure why my old name is showing up here.

    2 years ago

  • foxpots

    foxpots says:

    Sounds wonderful - thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol says:

    those pies look fun. My teenage girls and I are looking forward to baking together again this year. We'll try the pies too. Angela oves to make pumpkin pie from scratch. She does them very well.

    2 years ago

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound says:

    These look delicious. Leftovers into the handpies for easy traveling. :-) I'm in charge of pies. the apple cider cream pie sounds like an in. thank you for sharing these. dahlila xo

    2 years ago

  • ninabagley

    ninabagley says:

    WHO KNEW?!!! i grew up with my mother making turnovers using pillsbury crescent roll dough (pinch two triangles together to form a larger rectangle) - and she filled them with chopped cooked chicken, onion, whatever. i'm carrying your recipe down to alabama with me for our first "girls only" thanksgiving... my father passed away in may, and this will be a tough one. time for new traditions, i say - and your recipe will be one of them. thanks so much for sharing these wonderful recipes!!! happy holidays to you - xo nina

    2 years ago

  • VictoriaWest

    VictoriaWest says:

    oooh I'm hungry! These pictures make my mouth water! mmmm..yum!

    2 years ago

  • brookesatchmo

    brookesatchmo says:

    I cant WAIT to make these yummy pockets of goodness-thank you for sharing :)

    2 years ago

  • DreamingDragonDesign

    DreamingDragonDesign says:

    These look wonderful. I bet this would also work with canned crescent roll dough for a lighter and flakier result. Or with pie crust, for that matter. Also, anyone who wants to learn how to make pie crust without stress or failure is welcome to convo me, including the writer of this. It's not hard, and I really have no idea why everyone makes it out to be hard. I am a decent cook, but I'm not a world class chef, and if you can make these things, you can make an amazing pie crust without getting worked up about the whole thing.

    2 years ago

  • allegranoir

    allegranoir says:

    Wow... this looks amazing and I can't wait to make it. Thank you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • BeadRush

    BeadRush says:

    Great ideas and tasty looking/ sounding recipes. Thanks so much for sharing them!

    2 years ago

  • bohemiennes

    bohemiennes says:

    We're planning a day after Thanksgiving potluck left-overs picnic. These hand pies will be perfect!!!

    2 years ago

  • KMHandyKrafts

    KMHandyKrafts says:

    I am no good at pie crust either-but these look great-I can even make them for my vegetarian son and daughter-in-law. Thanks

    2 years ago

  • DagmarsArtGallery

    DagmarsArtGallery says:

    yum-yum Looks so good! Pie crusts are frightening to make for me. Gotta try this one though. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • ArtworkzByCheri

    ArtworkzByCheri says:

    Fantastic! I am glad your "perfect" pie crust didn't work out for you! LOL I LOVE the first photo...looks like the long ago days of my Nanny's when she would bake and cook for us. Just love the entire piece! The look, the ease, recipes and your kindness for sharing with the rest of us! Thank you SO much and may God bless and keep you and yours!

    2 years ago

  • amoronia

    amoronia says:

    Nice! Besides, one of the ideas behind pies is to be made with leftovers, so that nothing goes wasted. I think I might try this filling with one of the pie dough recipes we use in Greece. There is a very simple recipe widely used here, with which you can never go wrong. You just need 1 cup olive oil, 1 yoghurt, a little salt and 3.5 cups self-raising flour (whole-wheat or plain).

    2 years ago

  • ivangovaerts

    ivangovaerts says:

    I will invent the vegetarian edition one of these days

    2 years ago

  • lilkender

    lilkender says:

    Kimberly, I don't understand why you would use a yeast dough for this kind of pie. I have made a lot of meat pie recipes using either phyllo dough or pie crust and I've never made an unsuccessful crust. It also doesn't need time for rising. I usually make my own pie crust much cheaper than buying it from the store, as friskyspinster explained above. I've tried a rocker dough blender but I prefer to use two knives to cut the shortening or butter into the flour.

    2 years ago

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    StyleGraphicDesign says:

    I love to try new recipes! Thank you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • BellaPoshPillows

    BellaPoshPillows says:

    I am totally going to try a couple of these, they look delish ! PS now I am starving,lol

    2 years ago

  • BellaPoshPillows

    BellaPoshPillows says:

    I am totally going to try a couple of these, they look delish ! PS now I am starving,lol

    2 years ago

  • melsumn1

    melsumn1 says:

    Thank you...I will be trying a couple of these. There is always turkey left over....

    2 years ago

  • alyssacritt

    alyssacritt says:

    I am a sucker for store-bought pie crust, I always appreciate it for dessert so I can make something more time-consuming for dinner :P This looks like a great recipe, I'm always game for things that use Thanksgiving leftovers! My biggest kitchen fail I've ever had was when I was cooking in someone else's kitchen and took their word for it that the jar they gave me was full of rice flour (super fine consistency) and used it without a second thought. When the banana "bread" came out of the oven looking like bubbly molten goo, and a volunteer tried it (I refused!), she said it was very sweet. I tasted the "rice flour" I had used, and to my complete horror, it was actually POWDERED SUGAR. She said the goo tasted great as a jam to spread on things, so I guess that was good... D:

    2 years ago

  • DivineSilver

    DivineSilver says:

    Beautiful pictures - I will definitely use your recipe!

    2 years ago

  • nynykra

    nynykra says:

    sounds like my kind of food,, I love different

    2 years ago

  • BookSmithStudio

    BookSmithStudio says:

    I can't wait for leftovers this year -- these look absolutely delicious! Thanks, Kimberly!

    2 years ago

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings says:

    This is so doable. I love the sounds of it. Thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • littlebirdblooms

    littlebirdblooms says:

    Pastry can be a mystery - a jaw shattering mystery! My mother gave me a recipe that you can use for sweet or savoury. I have never had a failure. I'm happy to share . Champagne Pastry (recipe) 1 tablespoon butter/margarine/substitute 1 tablespoon sugar (omit for savoury recipes) 1 egg 1 cup self raising flour That's it. .........Mix it all together roll it out between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, press into case and cook. Don't blind bake. Hope you all have the success I have - and continue to have.

    2 years ago

  • joytoyou41

    joytoyou41 says:

    That is sweet and thoughtful of you to shear with all of us.!!! Can't wait try all of it and we love sprouts. Take care Joy xo

    2 years ago

  • gypsybells

    gypsybells says:

    I can't wait to cram all my left overs into these little beauties! What a great idea! I will let you know how they turn out...I want some with ham and macaroni, some with Turkey, mashed potatoes and peas and maybe even some with yams and marsh mellows!

    2 years ago

  • lighthouse50

    lighthouse50 says:

    I have made the turkey pot pies from leftovers, and they are delisious. Loved your story allprettiiescountry...my grandmother told me they would throw some of the pig fat in the fire and have a treat with fried skins..also blew the bladder of the pig up and the kids would play with it...thus football!

    2 years ago

  • vonderschonenrapunze

    vonderschonenrapunze says:

    all of the comments here are making me drool even more after reading the recipes. i also need to try the honey roasted pears with my turkey hand pies...slurp!! since i'm cooking for just myself this holiday season i will have lots of leftovers to play with!!!

    2 years ago

  • Tasha808

    Tasha808 says:

    I love this!!! This recipe looks wonderful, very creative! Using the leftover turkey and cooking unique and delicious meals is one of my favorite parts of this tasty holiday! I have used leftover turkey and shredded it to tamales, they were amazing! Homemade mac and cheese is another great one, I use shredded turkey and bacon with a little stuffing, garlic and parmesan sprinkled on top. The stuffing, garlic and parmesan create a beautiful crisp crust. Happy Thanksgiving everyone, enjoy!

    2 years ago

  • derrecklim

    derrecklim says:

    Looks delicious yum yum maybe i should try make this and let my friend try it out =)

    2 years ago

  • firelein06

    firelein06 says:

    The best pie crust I ever made was my first one. Don't know how I succeeded, but all the rest have been failures!! I just buy the storebought ones nowadays!! Anywho, great idea. I'm looking even more forward to those Thanksgiving leftovers!

    2 years ago

  • cantome

    cantome says:

    i will try this today...

    2 years ago

  • ToosDetectiveAgency

    ToosDetectiveAgency says:

    In the Upper Midwest, these hand pies are known as pasties. I love to eat them, but never think to make them. Your blog has me looking forward to leftovers! I'm very excited about this Thanksgiving! I'm working, so it will just be me and the boyf, but it our first Thanksgiving together and he has agreed to eat Tofurky with me.

    2 years ago

  • GirlieGirlbySLS

    GirlieGirlbySLS says:

    Actually your crust looked pretty good. And it's the taste that counts. Repetition is what makes pie crust beautiful. Consider this, you could use puff pastry sheets instead of regular crust. They come in a variety of sizes and I think puff pastry is easier to use than pie crust and it puffs and browns up nice and golden.

    2 years ago

  • suzysharpe

    suzysharpe says:

    Fantastic... I must make some. I love the term hand pie! in Cornwall we would call them Pasties but then they have to have a very specific filing to be a Cornish Pastie...not that I am Cornish...next time I will call them handpies :)

    2 years ago

  • LindasSewFashionable

    LindasSewFashionable says:

    This is awesome! As my kids were growing up, we always did a Christmas Craft on Thanksgiving Day. Now that they are all grown, and coming home, I'm going to have a "Hand Pie Bar" with everyone's favorites to make their own pocket of flavor to bake together!! Thanks so much and Happy Holidays! Linda

    2 years ago

  • themagnificentmagnet

    themagnificentmagnet says:

    How fun! I get to list my crafts for sale on Etsy and pick up a fabulous recipe at the same time! Looks delish and can't wait to try it! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • thenakedbird

    thenakedbird says:

    I am letting some dough and turkey defrost right now! I'm so excited, I might just add some dried cranberries and goat cheese to make it creamy too! too much cheese? you can never have too much cheese.

    2 years ago

  • NoaSharonDesigns

    NoaSharonDesigns says:

    Ay, Ay, Ay! looks so tasty!

    2 years ago

  • TheStampAct

    TheStampAct says:

    Holy smokes! Looks fantastic! :) Thanks for sharing... yummmy...

    2 years ago

  • AlternativeJournals

    AlternativeJournals says:

    I made this yesterday. the stuffing mix is great (obviously) but I forgot how much I hate dealing with dough. Phyllo dough has a prefferable texture and taste for me, and is easier since it's like laying out sheets of paper instead. I make a lot of spanakopitas so i cant see why this won't turn out delicious as well.

    2 years ago

  • continentaldrift

    continentaldrift says:

    About the dough/crust: By all means, try whichever dough you'd like! Pizza dough worked well for me, and I prefer it because there's not a stick of butter tucked in there. Hand pies, pasties, empanadas, calzones, turnovers - wrapping bread around a delicious meat/veggie filling is pretty darn universal. Hope y'all enjoy.

    2 years ago

  • larissale

    larissale says:

    This didn't sound so appealing but I'm sold after seeing the photos. So much so that I added the recipe to my round up of best Thanksgiving Leftover recipes from around the web. Healthy and Delicious Holiday Leftovers http://www.skinnyscoop.com/list/larissa/healthy-and-delicious-holiday-leftovers

    2 years ago

  • mjaakson

    mjaakson says:

    Thanks for sharing these amazing and original recipes. I will bring some to our Christmas family gathering this year. One of my "worst" snafus in the kitchen: inviting two couples over to share stuffed partridge. My husband had gone hunting and brought home a partridge which I roasted accompanied by brussel sprouts and red cabbage etc. I presented the mini bird and as I cut one of the drumsticks, the shot bounced of the plate and sounded ♪ ding-ding-ding. What an embarrassment!

    2 years ago

  • LYNDABROWN

    LYNDABROWN says:

    I HAVE ALWAYS HAD TROUBLE WITH PIE CRUST. I LEARNED TO JUST GIVE UP AND MAKE SURE IT TASTED GOOD AND ALSO TO CHILL IN REFRIG BEFORE ROLLING OUT. NOW EVERYONE RAVES OVER MY FLAKY CRUST. LOL KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

    2 years ago

  • Happiknits

    Happiknits says:

    Looks delish! I will be trying out those mini pies YUM!

    2 years ago

  • CozzeCouture

    CozzeCouture says:

    I'm always looking for different recipes. These are very non-traditional in our home and I can't wait to try them!

    2 years ago

  • BunnysVintageCloset

    BunnysVintageCloset says:

    These look amazing! They remind me of empanadas and Cornish pasties, two of my favorite foods!

    2 years ago

  • PoconoPrincessJewels

    PoconoPrincessJewels says:

    Unique idea for leftovers!

    2 years ago

  • antiquebeginnings

    antiquebeginnings says:

    Kimberley, I just copied the Turkey, cheddar, apple recipe. What a great way to use up left overs and even freeze them. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving on the west coast! Becky

    2 years ago

  • CollierLewisJewelry

    CollierLewisJewelry says:

    always looking for new ideas for that left over turkey.. this one is awesome, thanks!!

    2 years ago

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative says:

    yummmm, comfort food!!!

    2 years ago

  • piratefancy

    piratefancy says:

    I'm about to go try this with our leftovers right now! ^_^

    2 years ago

  • msfennell

    msfennell says:

    Just tried this recipe, and it's delicious! Soft (but slightly crispy) crust on the outside and delightful flavors inside. Perfect for the day after Thanksgiving!

    2 years ago

  • erikabotello

    erikabotello says:

    This looks so good! I will definitely try it!

    2 years ago

  • zblom

    zblom says:

    I made the little hand pies, they were awesome. Not difficult, but I made a HUGE mess doing it (mainly b/c I made the dough too). Wife loved them.

    2 years ago

  • nikacollection

    nikacollection says:

    it looks delicious!

    2 years ago

  • ShopTinyTreasures

    ShopTinyTreasures says:

    Amazing!! YUM!

    2 years ago

  • lappalette

    lappalette says:

    I absolutely LOVE these little bite sized meals! Going to try it this holiday season! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • dwrescue

    dwrescue says:

    What lovely looking recipes, yummy

    2 years ago

  • bazketmakr

    bazketmakr says:

    these look fabulous! And, i'm with you on the pie crust. I use the rolled up kind...and admit to it; people are always complementing me on it, and i just tell them what it is, continue holding my head high...

    2 years ago

  • Hatlady4u

    Hatlady4u says:

    I will be trying these in my new mini pie electric baker (toy?!). They sound delish and I have no problem using refrigerated pie dough! Best part? In ten minutes I'll have 4 mini pies! Thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • madelinefeliciano

    madelinefeliciano says:

    It looks delicious.

    2 years ago

  • sarukigi

    sarukigi says:

    I am making this mini pies for my pregnant friend tomorrow, who might eat A LOT! Thank you so much for the recipe!!

    2 years ago

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly says:

    These look absolutely amazing! I love the idea of the less fussy and a bit more healthy version of pizza dough for the "bread around the filling." Can't wait to try it!

    152 days ago