Nothing Goes to Waste With Leftover Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Danielle Daly

According to Ree Drummond, “One of the best parts about Thanksgiving is the leftovers.” So transform that precious surplus turkey into a brand-new meal with a delicious leftover turkey shepherd’s pie. A decadent, gravy-laden combination of creamy and rich , this recipe will not only be one of your favorite , it will also use up any remaining , , aromatic vegetables, and fresh herbs. Give the filling even more flavor by saving the turkey carcass to make an incomparably delicious turkey stock. This is so darn comforting, you’ll want to make all over again!

What is in leftover turkey shepherd’s pie?

While shepherd’s pie usually contains ground beef or lamb gravy topped with mashed potatoes, this version takes advantage of the freshly roasted turkey from Thanksgiving. It also contains many ingredients you’ll likely have on hand from the holidays. Carrots, celery, onion, garlic, sage, and parsley are common holiday aromatics that can be saved and used here. The filling is very similar to chicken pot pie, with the addition of hearty mushrooms and Worcestershire sauce. These dark, savory ingredients make the pie taste more like the shepherd's pie that inspired it. If you have leftover gravy, spoon some of that in, too. Finally, frozen cut green beans are folded into the filling, But, if leftover green beans or roasted vegetables from the feast are lying around, use those instead!

Can you use leftover mashed potatoes for leftover turkey shepherd’s pie?

If there are at least 4 cups of leftover mashed potatoes, the recipe is halfway done! While this recipe uses a simple mashed potato recipe, or even will work here, too! Simply thin out the leftover potatoes with a little milk, if necessary, and stir in the egg yolk and cheese. The egg yolk and cheese ensure that, while the potatoes are still fluffy and creamy, they are layered nicely on top of the filling without seeping in and also get a golden, crispy top.