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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie is an easy and delicious way to use up leftover Turkey! Toss in any variety of frozen vegetables for a complete family dinner.

Shepherd's Pie

What kind of person thinks about what they’ll make with their Thanksgiving leftovers, before they even have any Thanksgiving leftovers? This freak of nature over here, that’s who (*points at head*). What I love about this Turkey Shepherd’s Pie is that it really doesn’t require anything more than dumping what you already have into a casserole dish and baking it. And let’s face it, after Thanksgiving, no one feels like doing much more than that.

The only thing I actually do plan on doing once the Turkey is done, is watching movies. Lots and lots of movies. We’ve got a pretty good list going on our fridge right now. Elf, Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, (my husbands’s choice)….The Sound of Music, (my choice). The only question that remains is will my one-and-a half year old actually let us lay around watch movies all day? (No, the answer to that is no). But we are fully kidding ourselves into thinking that she will and so, the movie list remains.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

Family? Seeing lots and lots of family? Playing some Turkey Day Football? Watching some Turkey Day Football?

By the way, if your morning involves travel, definitely prepare some make-ahead freezer breakfast sandwiches to take with you. You’re going to need your energy.

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

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Turkey Shepherd's Pie

5 from 7 ratings
Juicy turkey tossed with a medley of vegetables and gravy. All topped with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked to golden perfection.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup onions, diced
  • 1/3 cup celery, diced
  • 1/3 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1-1.5 teaspoons jarred minced garlic)
  • 2 ½ cups diced turkey meat, leftover from Thanksgiving, or from a rotisserie
  • ¼ cup green beans, can sub peas
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup gravy, try my 10-minute brown or chicken gravy!
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes, about 4 medium potatoes needed for this
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onions, celery, and carrots. Cook uncovered, until the onions are soft and translucent. About 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add the turkey, corn, and green beans (or peas) in addition to the salt, pepper, and thyme.
  • Gently stir in the gravy: If preparing a packet of gravy, cook that separately according to package instructions. Once thickened, add it to the skillet.
  • Once the mixture is heated through, pour it into a one-quart casserole dish, spreading it into one even layer.
  • If using leftover mashed potatoes, heat them a bit to make it easy to stir and spread. Add half of the cheese to the potatoes and stir to combine.
  • Spread the potatoes in an even layer over turkey mixture and top with the remaining cheese.
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm, and enjoy!


Calories: 416kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 612mg, Potassium: 638mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 2395IU, Vitamin C: 29.2mg, Calcium: 235mg, Iron: 1.4mg
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13 comments on “Turkey Shepherd’s Pie”

  1. i made a few changes.substituted with what i had, asparagus instaed of green beans, sweet potatoes on top. Used the dark meat from the turkey. Great way to use up left overs and tasty!

  2. While searching for a different protein to cook with, turkey sounded great. We all love shepherd’s pie and this was no exception! I cheated with ground turkey meat, jarred gravy and frozen mixed veggies but did make mashed potatoes. I think my husband ate half of the casserole on the first night. Great for a rainy night and I will definitely try again after Thanksgiving using ‘proper’ ingredients 😉 

    • I’m so happy this was such a hit Amy, I love that your husband ate half the first night😂. I agree, definitely a cozy one for a rainy night, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!💗

  3. A great recipe! Used your Chicken Gravy recipe without the drippings recipe for the 1 cup of gravy in the recipe. Very filling and satisfying. A great way to use leftover turkey.

    • Thanks so much Deb! I’m happy to hear you were able to use the no drippings gravy recipe too!😉 I’ve recently become obsessed with this meal! Thanks so much for the review!😍

  4. tried it LOVED it…sent it to all my friends but I am lazy so I defrosted frozen veg….lovely thanks

  5. I made this ahead of time because I knew Tuesday was going to be a whirlwind. It was just as delicious as prepping the same day and was a huge dinner time saver.

  6. Thanks for the yummy recipe, made it today and it was delicious..I had leftover dressing and layered it on top of veggies, then the potatoes! Delicious 😊

  7. This recipe is easy and delicious. My family said it is now on the favorites list. A good way to use up your left over turkey and healthy with all the veggies in it. 

    • Hi Rebecca!! That make me SO happy! Thank you for taking the time to comment and share what you thought! I love making families happy! 😁

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