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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe: Empanadas (Hand Pies)

Empanadas made with Thanksgiving leftovers: Use Thanksgiving leftover turkey, ham, mashed potatoes or stuffing, gravy etc baked into homemade or store-bought pie crust. Freeze empanadas for easy weeknight meals!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dinner & Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thanksgiving hand pies, Thanksgiving leftovers
Servings: 6
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Lisa Hatfield


Thanksgiving Leftover filling ideas:

  • 1 tablespoon turkey or ham - cut into 1 " pieces
  • 1 tablespoon dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon roasted veggies
  • 1 tablespoon gravy
  • 2 whole pie crusts
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter


  • On a floured board, roll out pie dough thinner than the average crust.
  • Cut dough into circles: use the other side of empanada cutter (or upside down bowl) to cut dough into circles the same size as your empanada maker.
  • Pie crusts will make 6 empanadas.
  • Place 2-3 tablespoons of filling on one side of the pie dough. If they are overfilled, the press won't close and seal.
  • Close the empanada maker, and seal the edges. Or, fold dough in half with filling, and press the edges closed with the tips of a fork.
  • Place empanadas on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Brush with melted butter.
  • Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes pie crust until edges are golden brown and baked.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 2mg