Too Many Thanksgiving Leftovers?
Every Thanksgiving I end up with too many leftovers. And for me, turkey dinner leftovers get boring real fast. After the second meal, I’m done with it.
I freeze the leftover turkey to use later for soup and casseroles. But the rest of the leftovers usually go to waste. And I hate waste.
If you can relate, please say hello to this recipe for Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie.
Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s pie takes care of most of my Thanksgiving leftovers in just one dish. Layers and layers of turkey, dressing, vegetables and potatoes make for a delicious meal. I’ve been know to even add a thin layer of cranberry sauce, too. (Layered on top of the dressing)
It’s hard to imagine a mixture of leftovers can taste so good, but I promise you this recipe works.
A Thank you to Detroit’s Live in the D
I originally found this recipe one Black Friday morning a few years ago while watching Detroit’s WDIV’s Live in the D morning show.
The recipe was the perfect answer to what to do with a fridge full of Thanksgiving leftovers. I remember whipping up a couple of “pies” right after the show for dinner that evening.
I’d love to credit the talented chef who shared the recipe with the us viewers, but unfortunately I cannot find his original recipe on the show’s website. It’s probably too old for them to keep around.
Lucky for me, I actually kept my notes from when it first aired in my recipe file. It may not be the exact recipe but my version is still delicious. No leftovers from the leftovers.
What I like about Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
- It’s SUPER easy to make. I should stop right here, but I’ll go on.
- You can use any combination of your vegetable leftovers. So save the last couple spoonfuls of green bean or squash casserole to combine with any veggies you have left from your Thanksgiving meal.
- It’s a real crowd pleaser.
How to Make Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
- Place a pie crust in a deep dish pie plate. (I use Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie crust)
- In a saucepan, heat the leftover turkey with gravy.
- Place the stuffing/dressing evenly over the pie crust.
- Next, layer the turkey/gravy mixture over the stuffing/dressing.
- Top that layer with the vegetables.
- Finally, spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the top.
- Bake in a preheat 350 degree oven for about 45-50 minutes until heated through.
- If you have any leftover gravy, feel free to serve it on the side. (I LOVE gravy).
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Leftover Turkey Shepherd's Pie
- 1 pie crust
- 2 cups leftover roasted turkey
- 1 1/2 cups leftover gravy
- 1 1/2 cups leftover stuffing/dressing
- 2 cups leftover vegetables and/or vegetable casserole
- 2 1/2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
- PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees.
- In a saucepan, ADD turkey gravy and HEAT through.
- PLACE one pie crust into a pie plate.
- PRESS leftover dressing onto the pie crust.
- LAYER the turkey and gravy evenly on top of the dressing.
- In a medium bowl, COMBINE the leftover vegetables/vegetable casserole.
- LAYER the leftover vegetables/vegetable mixture on top of the dressing.
- TOP with the leftover mashed potatoes.
- BAKE for 45-50 minutes until heated through.