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Nov 17, 2011

by Kimberley Hasselbrink handmade and vintage goods

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Spiced Sweet Potato Latkes

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Kale and Persimmon Salad

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Brussel Sprouts with Parmesan and Lemon

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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.

1 Featured Comment

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux said 9 years ago 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.


  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers said 9 years ago

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

  • ladyeuphrosilie

    ladyeuphrosilie said 9 years ago

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

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry said 9 years ago

    all look so yummy, Thanks

  • nekote

    nekote said 9 years ago

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

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 9 years ago

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

  • spiritfruits

    spiritfruits said 9 years ago

    OMG! Those look so good!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 9 years ago

    oh yum!

  • Cheyneystoker

    Cheyneystoker said 9 years ago

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

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

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

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 9 years ago

    Looks great.

  • askewcreations

    askewcreations said 9 years ago


  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 9 years ago


  • zatanah

    zatanah said 9 years ago

    Mmm! Love the brussel sprouts dish.

  • junebugandco

    junebugandco said 9 years ago

    My mouth is watering as I type, seriously!

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 9 years ago

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

  • fbstudiovt

    fbstudiovt said 9 years ago

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

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 9 years ago

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

  • onceuponabox

    onceuponabox said 9 years ago

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

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop said 9 years ago

    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.

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 9 years ago

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

  • curetheblueribbon

    curetheblueribbon said 9 years ago

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

  • TheCove

    TheCove said 9 years ago

    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!

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage said 9 years ago

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

  • BiloxiHousewife

    BiloxiHousewife said 9 years ago

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

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop said 9 years ago

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

  • dbsj

    dbsj said 9 years ago

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

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood said 9 years ago


  • FranceGallery

    FranceGallery said 9 years ago


  • leslieholz

    leslieholz said 9 years ago

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

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 9 years ago

    Wonderful recipes!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 9 years ago


  • dailydangerco

    dailydangerco said 9 years ago

    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 ;)

  • zoejane1

    zoejane1 said 9 years ago

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

  • prettylovelypainting

    prettylovelypainting said 9 years ago

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

  • weezieduzzit

    weezieduzzit said 9 years ago

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

  • elisemahan

    elisemahan said 9 years ago

    this is brilliant i am going to try them all!

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux said 9 years ago 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.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 9 years ago

    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!

  • nickiefrye

    nickiefrye said 9 years ago

    I am SO trying the hand pie thing!

  • AllCountryPretties

    AllCountryPretties said 9 years ago

    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.

  • InfiniteCosmosHemp

    InfiniteCosmosHemp said 9 years ago

    ooooh! Those recipes sound so incredibly yummy!!!

  • OldBarnCrafts

    OldBarnCrafts said 9 years ago

    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!)

  • moonula

    moonula said 9 years ago

    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!

  • happyowl

    happyowl said 9 years ago

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

  • onnesti

    onnesti said 9 years ago

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

  • chainchainchained

    chainchainchained said 9 years ago


  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 9 years ago

    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!

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 9 years ago

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

  • aporchiazzo

    aporchiazzo said 9 years ago

    This one is going into the recipe binder for sure.

  • mynamehere

    mynamehere said 9 years ago

    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.

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 9 years ago

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

  • BroccoliHouse

    BroccoliHouse said 9 years ago

    yum yum they all look delicious!!

  • CherishedHearts

    CherishedHearts said 9 years ago

    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.

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 9 years ago

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

  • autumnvelvetrose

    autumnvelvetrose said 9 years ago


  • tabethasullens

    tabethasullens said 9 years ago

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

  • JeezumCrowVintage

    JeezumCrowVintage said 9 years ago

    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

  • SweetiePieCollars

    SweetiePieCollars said 9 years ago

    Those hand pies are genius!! Thank you!

  • happyfamily

    happyfamily said 9 years ago

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

  • MookieDesigns

    MookieDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • DearlyLoved22

    DearlyLoved22 said 9 years ago

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

  • sageANDindie

    sageANDindie said 9 years ago

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

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 9 years ago

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

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier said 9 years ago

    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!

  • karmabean82

    karmabean82 said 9 years ago

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

  • OMGartwork

    OMGartwork said 9 years ago

    FANTASTIC IDEA! I know where my leftovers are going!

  • GlitterOrnaments

    GlitterOrnaments said 9 years ago

    WOW, all of these look amazing!

  • ArtisanValleyDesigns

    ArtisanValleyDesigns said 9 years ago

    yummy !!

  • StraitjacketSLeather

    StraitjacketSLeather said 9 years ago

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

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 9 years ago

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

  • zhenja

    zhenja said 9 years ago

    thank you. will definitely give it a try!!

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 9 years ago

    Looks so yummy!

  • peshka

    peshka said 9 years ago

    Wow looks yumm! I

  • friskyspinster

    friskyspinster said 9 years ago

    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.

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 9 years ago

    Yummy! Delicious!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 9 years ago

    Looks very delicious!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 9 years ago

    Very unique!

  • CapricornCeramics

    CapricornCeramics said 9 years ago

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

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

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

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 9 years ago

    Thank you for all the great ideas!

  • bimaKolenc

    bimaKolenc said 9 years ago

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

  • glassandlight

    glassandlight said 9 years ago

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

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 9 years ago

    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.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 9 years ago

    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.

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 9 years ago

    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 off to find some breakfast!!

  • coletteelick

    coletteelick said 9 years ago

    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!

  • MCsHandmadeTreasures

    MCsHandmadeTreasures said 9 years ago

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

  • WendaLynneDesigns

    WendaLynneDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb said 9 years ago

    OMG- those pies look good! THanks!

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb said 9 years ago

    PS. Where is the recipe for the brussels sprouts?

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago


  • editharlene

    editharlene said 9 years ago

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

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 9 years ago

    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!

  • TheBuzz

    TheBuzz said 9 years ago


  • saraaires

    saraaires said 9 years ago

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

  • NoraQuinonez

    NoraQuinonez said 9 years ago

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

  • surfrgirl

    surfrgirl said 9 years ago

    Yummy! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • TarasArtHouse

    TarasArtHouse said 9 years ago

    yummm i love apple and cheese together

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 9 years ago

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

  • YarnUiPhoneApp

    YarnUiPhoneApp said 9 years ago

    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.

  • KneeDeepOriginals

    KneeDeepOriginals said 9 years ago

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

  • fishinclouds

    fishinclouds said 9 years ago

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

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

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

  • StephenCraven

    StephenCraven said 9 years ago

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

  • hannahbanana17

    hannahbanana17 said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Everything looks delish!

  • VeiledIntensity

    VeiledIntensity said 9 years ago

    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

  • BeautifulSoaps

    BeautifulSoaps said 9 years ago

    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!

  • wgage1

    wgage1 said 9 years ago

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

  • natew8

    natew8 said 9 years ago

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

  • katncar

    katncar said 9 years ago

    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 after school I tried to make a pie for them. I thought that pie crust was made the same as bread so I kneaded was grey and gummy. I tossed it in the garbage!!!! What a disappointment. that I am a grandma, I have finally mastered it.... :) ...

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Sounds great! Thanks for the recipe!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 9 years ago

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

  • HelloMountains

    HelloMountains said 9 years ago


  • GardenGateBotanicals

    GardenGateBotanicals said 9 years ago

    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 ; ).

  • starvingartistbazaar

    starvingartistbazaar said 9 years ago

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

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 9 years ago

    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.

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 9 years ago

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

  • hyfunda

    hyfunda said 9 years ago

    Lovely recipes! the photos are wonderful too:)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 9 years ago


  • PotteryKreations

    PotteryKreations said 9 years ago

    I will definitely try these, they sound delish!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 9 years ago

    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!

  • kaeojewelry

    kaeojewelry said 9 years ago


  • sugarloafsoap

    sugarloafsoap said 9 years ago

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

  • vendeeenvogue

    vendeeenvogue said 9 years ago

    Sounds great! I will definitely try this! Thanks!

  • spero511

    spero511 said 9 years ago

    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.

  • ddfoto

    ddfoto said 9 years ago

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

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia said 9 years ago

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

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 9 years ago

    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!

  • MadeMerriShop

    MadeMerriShop said 9 years ago

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

  • katieblairdesigns

    katieblairdesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • soap

    soap said 9 years ago

    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 :)

  • soap

    soap said 9 years ago

    Everything else looks fantastic!

  • LandfillHill

    LandfillHill said 9 years ago

    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!!

  • LandfillHill

    LandfillHill said 9 years ago

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

  • foxpots

    foxpots said 9 years ago

    Sounds wonderful - thanks for sharing.

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 9 years ago

    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.

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound said 9 years ago

    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

  • ninabagley

    ninabagley said 9 years ago

    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

  • VictoriaWest

    VictoriaWest said 9 years ago

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

  • brookesatchmo

    brookesatchmo said 9 years ago

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

  • DreamingDragonDesign

    DreamingDragonDesign said 9 years ago

    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.

  • allegranoir

    allegranoir said 9 years ago

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

  • BeadRush

    BeadRush said 9 years ago

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

  • bohemiennes

    bohemiennes said 9 years ago

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

  • KMHandyKrafts

    KMHandyKrafts said 9 years ago

    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

  • DagmarsArtGallery

    DagmarsArtGallery said 9 years ago

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

  • ArtworkzByCheri

    ArtworkzByCheri said 9 years ago

    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!

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 9 years ago

    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).

  • ivangovaerts

    ivangovaerts said 9 years ago

    I will invent the vegetarian edition one of these days

  • lilkender

    lilkender said 9 years ago

    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.

  • StyleGraphicDesign

    StyleGraphicDesign said 9 years ago

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

  • BellaPoshPillows

    BellaPoshPillows said 9 years ago

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

  • BellaPoshPillows

    BellaPoshPillows said 9 years ago

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

  • melsumn1

    melsumn1 said 9 years ago

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

  • alyssacritt

    alyssacritt said 9 years ago

    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:

  • DivineSilver

    DivineSilver said 9 years ago

    Beautiful pictures - I will definitely use your recipe!

  • nynykra

    nynykra said 9 years ago

    sounds like my kind of food,, I love different

  • BookSmithStudio

    BookSmithStudio said 9 years ago

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

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 9 years ago

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

  • littlebirdblooms

    littlebirdblooms said 9 years ago

    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.

  • joytoyou41

    joytoyou41 said 9 years ago

    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

  • gypsybells

    gypsybells said 9 years ago

    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!

  • lighthouse50

    lighthouse50 said 9 years ago

    I have made the turkey pot pies from leftovers, and they are delisious. Loved your story 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!

  • vonderschonenrapunze

    vonderschonenrapunze said 9 years ago

    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!!!

  • Tasha808

    Tasha808 said 9 years ago

    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!

  • derrecklim

    derrecklim said 9 years ago

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

  • firelein06

    firelein06 said 9 years ago

    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!

  • cantome

    cantome said 9 years ago

    i will try this today...

  • ToosDetectiveAgency

    ToosDetectiveAgency said 9 years ago

    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.

  • GirlieGirlbySLS

    GirlieGirlbySLS said 9 years ago

    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.

  • suzysharpe

    suzysharpe said 9 years ago

    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 time I will call them handpies :)

  • LindasSewFashionable

    LindasSewFashionable said 9 years ago

    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

  • themagnificentmagnet

    themagnificentmagnet said 9 years ago

    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!

  • thenakedbird

    thenakedbird said 9 years ago

    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.

  • NoaSharonDesigns

    NoaSharonDesigns said 9 years ago

    Ay, Ay, Ay! looks so tasty!

  • TheStampAct

    TheStampAct said 9 years ago

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

  • AlternativeJournals

    AlternativeJournals said 9 years ago

    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.

  • continentaldrift

    continentaldrift said 9 years ago

    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.

  • larissale

    larissale said 9 years ago

    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

  • mjaakson

    mjaakson said 9 years ago

    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!


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  • Happiknits

    Happiknits said 9 years ago

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

  • CozzeCouture

    CozzeCouture said 9 years ago

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

  • BunnysVintageCloset

    BunnysVintageCloset said 9 years ago

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

  • PoconoPrincessJewels

    PoconoPrincessJewels said 9 years ago

    Unique idea for leftovers!

  • antiquebeginnings

    antiquebeginnings said 9 years ago

    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

  • CollierLewisJewelry

    CollierLewisJewelry said 9 years ago

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

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative said 9 years ago

    yummmm, comfort food!!!

  • piratefancy

    piratefancy said 9 years ago

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

  • msfennell

    msfennell said 9 years ago

    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!

  • erikabotello

    erikabotello said 9 years ago

    This looks so good! I will definitely try it!

  • zblom

    zblom said 9 years ago

    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.

  • nikacollection

    nikacollection said 9 years ago

    it looks delicious!

  • ShopTinyTreasures

    ShopTinyTreasures said 9 years ago

    Amazing!! YUM!

  • lappalette

    lappalette said 9 years ago

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

  • dwrescue

    dwrescue said 9 years ago

    What lovely looking recipes, yummy

  • bazketmakr

    bazketmakr said 9 years ago

    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...

  • Hatlady4u

    Hatlady4u said 9 years ago

    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.

  • madelinefeliciano

    madelinefeliciano said 9 years ago

    It looks delicious.

  • sarukigi

    sarukigi said 9 years ago

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

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 7 years ago

    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!

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