Thanksgiving Hand Pies: What To Do With Leftover Thanksgiving Food

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What to Do With Leftover Thanksgiving Food?

Happy Thanksgiving weekend, everyone! I hope your weekend was filled with joy and happiness. One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving weekend are the leftovers. There are so many creative and fun recipes that you can make with leftover Thanksgiving foods. Today, I am sharing how to make delicious hand pies with Thanksgiving leftovers in the air fryer. You will be surprised how simple, easy, and tasty this recipe is!

Thanksgiving Hand Pies

Thanksgiving Hand Pies are tasty like dessert hand pies, but a lot healthier! For Thanksgiving Leftovers Hand Pies, you will need:

  • 1 box refrigerator pie crust
  • 1/2 cup leftover mashed sweet potatoes (or mashed potatoes)
  • 1 cup leftover stuffing
  • 1 cup leftover turkey
  • 1/2 cup leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup leftover gravy
  • 1 egg

How to Make Hand Pies with Leftovers

This recipe is very simple and adaptable. Feel free to substitute the ingredients with your own favorites leftovers.

First, prepare the pie crust. Use a 6 inch cereal bowl or dough press to make 6 inch circles. Gather the scraps and re-roll the dough to get a total of 6 circles from the two pie crusts.

Next, make the filling. On each circle spread out 2 teaspoons of mashed sweet potatoes. Then top that off with 3 teaspoons of stuffing and 2 teaspoons of turkey. Finally add 1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce and 1 teaspoon of gravy to each circle. Do not put more than 3 Tablespoons (9 teaspoons) of filling in each circle.

How to Form a Hand Pie

Use your fingers to run water around the edge of each pie circle. Then, fold it in half and crimp it closed tightly with a fork. Next, beat the egg in a bowl. Then, brush the egg wash on the outside of the hand pies.

How to Cook Hand Pies in the Air Fryer

Lightly spray the air fryer basket. Place the hand pies inside and cook at 375°F/190°C for 8 minutes, or until the pie crust is golden brown. Enjoy the hand pies with leftover gravy or cranberry sauce.

Important Air Frying Tip

Do not overcrowd the hand pies in the air fryer. You may need to cook the hand pies in multiple batches.

Final Thoughts

These hand pies are such a fun and quick way to use the leftover Thanksgiving food so that it doesn’t go to waste and so it doesn’t feel like you are eating the same food for several days! What leftovers do you have?

A few of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes:

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Leftover Thanksgiving Hand Pies

Wondering what to do with all your leftover Thanksgiving food? You have to try these simple and easy hand pies that are so tasty, it will feel like Thanksgiving all over again!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 box refrigerated pie crust
  • ½ cup leftover mashed sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup leftover stuffing
  • 1 cup leftover turkey
  • ½ cup leftover cranberry sauce
  • ½ cup leftover gravy
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions

  • Roll out the pie crust. Use a 6 inch cereal bowl or dough press to make 6 inch circles. Gather the scraps and re-roll the dough to get a total of 6 circles from the two pie crusts.
  • On each circle spread out 2 teaspoons of mashed sweet potatoes. Then top that off with 3 teaspoons of stuffing and 2 teaspoons of turkey. Finally add 1 teaspoon of cranberry sauce and 1 teaspoon of gravy to each circle.
  • Do not put more than 3 tablespoons of filling in each circle.
  • Use your fingers to run water around the edge of each circle. Fold it in half and crimp it closed tightly with a fork.
  • Put the egg in a bowl and mix with a fork. Use a pastry brush to coat the outside of the hand pies.
  • Cook at 375°F°/190°C in an air fryer for 8 minutes, or until pie crusts are golden. Do not crowd the hand pies in the air fryer and make multiple batches if necessary.
  • Serve with leftover cranberry sauce and gravy.

Recipe Adapted From: https://www.upstateramblings.com/air-fryer-thanksgiving-leftover-hand-pies/

Ingredients: Cranberries, Gravy, Pie Crust, Sweet Potato, Turkey
Meal Type: Main Dish, Thanksgiving, Dairy Free
Categories: Finger Food and Dips, Healthy, Air Fryer

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