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Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd's Pie

Three words: mashed potato crust
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Turkey Shepherd's Pie Thanksgiving Leftovers
Photo: Dave Katz/Tasting Table

Thanksgiving is around the corner which means it's officially Time to Celebrate. All month long we're bringing you recipes, tips, tricks and stories that are equal parts memorable and delicious.

Your leftovers deserve the same care and attention that you bestowed on your big meal. Last year, we went all out with our Thanksgiving potpie, so this year, we’re keeping the ball rolling with the perfect recipe to stretch all those leftovers into a brand-new meal. Behold, a Thanksgiving shepherd’s pie: Turkey and stuffing are mixed with peas and gravy before getting topped with garlic mashed potatoes. The dish gets baked to golden perfection, and there you have it: a meal that puts that ol’ turkey sandwich to shame.

Though we love piping on the mashed potatoes, feel free to just spread them on top if you don’t have a piping bag or star tip. However, we recommend using an offset spatula to make swirls and peaks in the topping. These ridges are the trick to a crisp and delicious crust that browns beautifully in the oven.

Thanksgiving Shepherd's Pie

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus resting time

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, plus resting time


2 cups shredded cooked turkey

2 cups stuffing

1 cup whole milk

1 cup frozen peas

½ cup gravy

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

4 cups mashed potatoes

½ cup grated Parmesan

2 egg yolks

1 garlic clove, finely grated with a zester


1. Preheat the oven to 400º. In a medium bowl, mix together the turkey, stuffing, milk, peas, gravy, parsley, lemon juice and lemon zest until well incorporated. Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and spread in an even layer.

2. In another medium bowl, stir the mashed potatoes with the remaining ingredients until smooth, then transfer to a piping bag fitted with a star tip.

3. Pipe the mashed potato mixture over the turkey filling in a series of rosettes and stars until the entire surface is covered.

4. Bake until the mashed potatoes are golden brown, 1 hour. Let rest for 10 minutes, then serve.

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