Thanksgiving dinner is done and you’ve got leftover turkey eagerly waiting to be turned into a completely different meal. Our leftover turkey shepherd’s pie will not disappoint.
Let your leftover turkey and mashed potatoes come to the table in a tasty new way that will make your family excited for leftovers. Forget those tried-and-true — and tired — turkey sandwiches, because turkey shepherd’s pie has arrived! Once you dig your fork into the cheesy layer of mashed potatoes enclosing the juicy shredded turkey and vegetables, you’ll want to roast a bigger bird just for the turkey leftovers. One turkey shepherd’s pie is not enough.
Never made a shepherd’s pie? Don’t worry. If you’ve got turkey, potatoes, a few aromatics and cheese, you’ve got everything you need to start cooking right now.
Make your turkey taste even better. We know your Thanksgiving turkey was the star of your holiday dinner show, garnering the accolades of your holiday guests, deliciously melting in their mouth and making them want more. However, our shepherd’s pie will take the taste of your leftover turkey to scrumptious new heights with aromatics, crushed tomatoes, hot sauce and herbs.
Mashed potatoes get a makeover. Mashed potatoes may be a holiday side-dish favorite, but glopped on a plate in an amorphous mass and inartistically covered in brown gravy — well, rarely do they get rave reviews for their presentation.
Take heart, mashed potatoes, the shepherd’s pie gives you a dishy new look. The cheeses will melt, bubble and bake into the mashed potatoes, making them the most irresistible part of this dish. That is until your hungry eaters dig into the shredded turkey underneath. This shepherd’s pie a dynamite dish that they can’t resist.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add chopped onion, green bell pepper and garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender and translucent.
Add turkey, tomatoes, hot sauce, herbs and seasonings
Add the shredded turkey, crushed tomatoes and hot sauce to the onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the turkey mixture, stirring occasionally, until it is heated through. Stir in Italian seasoning and fresh basil.
Assemble the shepherd’s pie
Pour the turkey mixture into a baking dish set on a parchment-lined baking sheet; the baking sheet will catch any melted cheese that bubbles over the side of the baking dish.
Spread the turkey mixture evenly in the dish and cover with the mashed potatoes, using a spatula to completely encase the turkey mixture. Evenly sprinkle the shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over the mashed potatoes.
Bake the shepherd’s pie
Place the shepherd’s pie into the oven and bake for 30 minutes at 375F. The cheese will melt and become bubbly. Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve hot.