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plate of turkey and sweet potato pasties

Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Pasties

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 pasties 1x


Leftover turkey and sweet potato pasties are a savory comfort food recipe that uses up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or Christmas in a delicious way.  Use buttery puff pastry, fresh cranberries, and healthy veggies to make these beautiful baked hand pies.  Why not try it for dinner tonight?



For the Pastry

  • 1.3 lb rough puff pastry or puff pastry (600g)
  • 1 large egg

For the Meat and Vegetables

  • 3/4 cup sweet potatoes, peeled and finely diced (82g)
  • 1/3 cup yellow onion, chopped (50g)
  • 1/4 cup garlic, roughly chopped (38g)
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries (72g)
  • 2 cups shredded turkey (180g)

For the Gravy (or use 1 cup leftover gravy)

  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour (37g)
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter (28g)
  • 1 1/4 cup turkey or chicken stock (295 ml)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter (14g)


Preparing the Vegetables & Turkey (45 min)

  1. Peel and finely dice the sweet potatoes, then chop the onion and garlic.  Rinse the cranberries and discard any bad ones.  Chop the turkey into bite-size pieces and set aside.

Making the Gravy (15 min)

  1. There's no need to make a gravy if you have 1 cup (240 ml) of leftover turkey gravy.  Simply mix the meat with the gravy as in step 4 below.
  2. Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until melted and bubbling.  Add the flour and whisk continuously for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Gradually pour in the turkey stock, whisking continuously, then bring to a boil.  Turn the heat to medium-low and cook the gravy for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until it has thickened.
  4. Season with the salt, pepper, and herbs, then stir in a pat of butter.  Mix the chopped turkey into the gravy.

Assembling the Pasties (45 min + 10 min chilling + 20 min baking)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.  Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll the chilled rough puff pastry to 1/8 inch thick, then cut out six 6 1/2 inch circles from the pastry.  Stack the scraps and re-roll them as needed.
  3. To assemble each pasty, place a spoonful of the gravy mixture in the middle of the circle.  Push 4-5 sweet potato cubes, 4-5 cranberries, and a sprinkle of onion and garlic on top.  Be careful not to overfill.
  4. Brush half of the pastry edge with beaten egg, then fold over the top.  Press the seam together gently and crimp with a fork to seal.  Transfer to the prepared cookie sheet, and repeat steps 3 and 4 with the remaining pastry.
  5. Brush all of the pasties with beaten egg, poke two vent holes in each one, and chill for 10 minutes in the fridge.
  6. Bake at 400 F for 25-30 minutes, until the pastry has puffed and is a rich golden brown.
  7. Transfer the pasties to a wire rack and let them cool for 20-30 minutes before eating.


  • Use homemade pastry for the best flavor.
  • Speed up the prep time by using leftover gravy, or make your own as in the instructions above.
  • Use fresh or frozen cranberries, whichever you have.
  • Prevent broken pasties by not overfilling and by sealing the edges tightly.
  • Chill for 10 minutes before baking to make the pastry extra flaky.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: leftover, recipe