Turkey “Shepherd’s” Pie

I’m getting the oddest sense of potato deja vu

And now to use up some of that dark meat and gravy. If you don’t have leftover mashed potatoes it’s worth making more of your favorite recipe just to have this. We know it’s not really Shepherd’s Pie without lamb, but cut us some slack will ya? Make sure to taste before you salt, since some of the ingredients might be fairly salty to start with.

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 cups dark turkey meat, diced
  • 1 cup turkey broth
  • 1/4 cup gravy
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • salt/pepper
  • 4 cups mashed potatoes

Heat olive oil in an oven-proof skillet over medium heat. We used our roughly 10-inch cast iron. Saute onions until tender and beginning to brown, about seven minutes. Throw in carrots, turkey and stir to combine. Add broth, peas and gravy and stir again. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce heat slightly and allow mixture to thicken, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Spread mashed potatoes on top, smoothing evenly with a knife. Use a fork to make a crisscross pattern on top. Bake at 375 until the top is golden, about 35-40 minutes.

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16 Responses to Turkey “Shepherd’s” Pie

  1. I thought Shepherd’s Pie could be made with any meat or poultry, turkey is a great change up!

  2. Sue says:

    This is our favorite way to use up thanksgiving leftovers. We just layer everything, starting with the dressing and ending with potatoes. Leftover gravy is drizzled every layer or so. Better than the actual dinner itself.

  3. I think I’d rather eat this than roast turkey! :)

  4. Some really good looking food on this site! I wanted to see the pie cut into so that I could see how it looked!!!!
    :)V

  5. Good use for the leftovers.

  6. rsmacaalay says:

    really nice use of leftovers

  7. Eva Taylor says:

    I like the sound of this dish better anyway, your slack has been cut!

  8. Pure comfort food. :-) Mandy

  9. sallybr says:

    We froze our leftover turkey and all the rest of the stuff (except mashed potatoes) to enjoy around Christmas time when one of stepsons comes to visit. He is crazy for his Dad’s roast turkey, so we decided to freeze it. I’ve never made Shepherd’s pie, I usually find ground lamb to be overly heavy – but your turkey version would be spot on!

  10. Another great idea. Went to a wedding this weekend where they served a fabulous chicken with bowties pasta. I thought turkey would be good too–and so is this! I’m writing this idea down on my Thanksgiving 3×5 card for what to do with leftovers. ‘Tis the season for great ideas after Thanksgiving. Thank you.

  11. Maybe you could call it flock of turkey keeper´s pie ;) Looks great!

  12. Mad Dog says:

    That looks very good – you’ll be done with turkey just in time for Christmas :-)

  13. Still a delicious way to use up leftovers, even without the lamb.

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