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Leftover Turkey Shepherd's Pie is the ultimate comfort food. Veggies are cooked until soft, lightly seasoned, then mixed with leftover shredded turkey meat. Top with mashed potatoes and bake until bubbly and golden. It's an easy and delicious way to repurpose your Thanksgiving dinner.
Can't decide what to do with all the leftover Thanksgiving (or Christmas) turkey? We love this recipe for its simplicity and warm and cozy vibes.
5 reasons you want to make turkey shepherd's pie
- Comfort food wins every time.
- Tender turkey + lots of veggies + soft mashed potatoes = dreamy.
- Spend 20 minutes chopping and sauteeing veggies and assembling this pie, then you can pop it into your oven and pat yourself on the back. You've just made a delicious meal in only 20 minutes.
- Depending on how you choose to make your mashed potatoes, this recipe can a healthy, Whole30, paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free shepherd's pie.
- It's a simple meat/potatoes/veggies dinner that will make everyone at your table smile.
How to make this turkey shepherd's pie recipe
As we use cooked turkey and mashed potatoes in this recipe, it's super easy to make. But even if you need to boil and mash some potatoes, this is still a pretty simple recipe.
- Saute some veggies in your biggest (ovenproof) skillet.
- Add some flavor with garlic, tomato paste, thyme, salt, and pepper.
- Stir some turkey into the mix then spread those mashed potatoes over the top.
And that's all there is to it.
Is this a healthy turkey shepherd's pie recipe?
It definitely can be!
It's made with all-natural, whole foods that are 100% healthy. The only part that may not be healthy are the mashed potatoes if they were whipped with loads of cream. We often use chicken stock in our mashed potatoes, which makes has a great flavor AND makes them perfectly soft.
More recipes that use Thanksgiving leftovers
Are you swimming in a pile of turkey dinner leftovers? That seems to happen to us every year! Here are a few of our favorite recipes that turn those leftovers into something new.
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Favorite Leftover Turkey Recipes that aren't soup
- Butter Turkey Curry
- BBQ Pulled Turkey Pizza with Fiery Pineapple Salsa
- Crockpot Leftover Turkey Bolognese
- Thanksgiving Leftovers Eggs Benedict
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 medium onion (minced)
- 2 medium carrots (minced)
- 2 stalks celery (minced)
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 3 cups shredded turkey
- 1 ½ cups frozen peas
- ¼ cup chicken stock
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 6 cups mashed potatoes (see notes)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large ovenproof skillet. (See notes) Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and cook until they soften, about 5 minutes.1 tablespoon avocado oil, 1 medium onion, 2 medium carrots, 2 stalks celery
- Push the veggies to the side of the pan then add the tomato paste to the middle. Let it cook for 2 minutes, until it begins to smell sweet. Mix the veggies into the tomato paste then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat.2 tablespoons tomato paste, 4 cloves garlic
- Add the shredded turkey, peas, chicken stock, and thyme to the pan. Mix then season to taste with salt and pepper.3 cups shredded turkey, 1 ½ cups frozen peas, ¼ cup chicken stock, 2 teaspoons thyme, Salt and pepper
- Spread the mashed potatoes over the top then bake for 25 minutes.6 cups mashed potatoes
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.