This rustic turkey pot pie uses leftover turkey (or rotisserie chicken), plus whatever veggies you have on hand, then tops them with the best flaky pie crust you've ever had. It's the perfect comfort food on a cold day!
In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter and saute the onions, celery, carrots, and bell pepper over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 15 minutes or until tender.
Add the garlic, asparagus tips, and green peas and continue to cook a few more minutes until asparagus is tender.
Turn heat down to low, add the flour, an cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Add the broth and simmer for 1 more minute, stirring until it thickens to about the consistency of a cream soup. Add salt, pepper, thyme, cream, turkey meat, and kale. (The mixture may seem too runny but will thicken as it bakes)
Transfer mixture to a casserole dish *(I used a medium sized dish - approx 8x11", but a 9x13 is fine too). Set aside until ready to top with pastry crust.
* Note: If using a double crust, set mixture aside until bottom crust has been placed in pan.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees while you start on the pastry.
Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl.
Add shortening and butter and cut in with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the water and egg.
Turn dough out on a floured surface and knead for at least a minute until it forms a very smooth ball. Use a floured rolling pin to roll out the dough into a 12x14" rectangle (or two rectangles if you're making a double crusted pie).
Roll dough up around the rolling pin to easily transfer it to the baking dish. Starting at one end of the dish, carefully unroll the dough until it covers the turkey pot pie filling completely.
Note: If you're making a double crusted pie, lay the first crust in the empty casserole dish first so that it covers the bottom and the sides of the dish, then add the pot pie mixture before topping with the second crust.
Use kitchen scissors to trim the dough, then tuck the edges under to fit nicely in the dish. Use a sharp knife to cut small slits in the dough to allow air to escape while cooking.
Mix the egg + water in a small bowl, then use a pastry brush to brush evenly over the crust (discard the extra egg wash).
Place the assembled turkey pot pie with crust into the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until it's bubbly and the crust is golden brown. You may want to place a large rimmed baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any drips.
Time-saving Tips for Making Rustic Turkey Pot Pie:
(Adapted from Ina Garten)