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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe – Holiday Leftovers

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The Turkey Shepherd’s Pie is a delicious way to give your leftover turkey new life after the holiday celebrations end. Not only does this recipe save your leftover Christmas food from the back of the fridge, but it also provides a tasty and easy way to transform leftovers into a cozy meal.

Making This Delicious Smoked Turkey Soup

For the Shepherd’s Pie, preheat your oven to 400°F. Add two tablespoons of olive oil to three diced carrots, celery, and onions. These vegetables serve as the starting point for 1.5 pounds of smoked turkey meat, chopped and skinless. Add 2 tablespoons of arrowroot starch and 2 teaspoons of dried rosemary to enhance the delicious flavor of every meal. With its simple ingredients and guaranteed wonderful and comforting results, Shepherd’s Pie is a great way to turn leftover smoked turkey into a practical and delicious meal.

When the turkey is well mixed with the delicious spice-oil mixture, stir in a can of diced tomatoes and 1.25 cups of low-sodium chicken broth. Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard give a subtle sharpness to the mixture, making it harmonic. Simmer this filling gradually so that the flavors may combine to create a delicious combination of flavors.

When the heat is off, stir in a cup of frozen peas to give the mixture a fresh lift. This brings us to the topping: a luxurious layer of mashed potatoes. Smoothly blend 1/3 cup of warm almond milk with 5 cups of cooked mashed potatoes. By using the almond milk the mashed potatoes will end up with a creamier texture. Taste and add salt and pepper accordingly. If you want an additional layer of richness, add 1/2 cup of reduced-fat Parmesan.

Spread the combination of mashed potatoes over the turkey filling to form a cozy top layer for your Shepherd’s Pie. Use a fork to make patterns on top of the mash for the ideal finishing touch. Bake without a cover for a minimum of half an hour, letting the tastes combine to create a harmonious and delicious combination. Pro-tip: To get that ideal golden-brown color, use the top broiler for the final five minutes of cooking.

This Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe Tastes Best After 15 Minutes

After taking it out of the oven, try not to eat it right away. Give your turkey shepherd’s pie at least fifteen minutes to cool. This enhances the whole dining experience by allowing it to settle and thicken and expose unique layers.

Added Benefits Of Making Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Aside from the sheer thrill of biting into a warm piece of Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, think about how practical this dish is. It is a clever way to use up leftovers from the holidays so they do not go bad in the refrigerator. Additionally, turkey meat gives your dish a nutritious boost because of its high lean protein content. Not only does this Shepherd’s Pie satisfy your palate, but it also represents a sensible and healthy way to use up Christmas leftovers.

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe – Holiday Leftovers


6 Servings
Serving Size:506g
* Optional Substitution Note
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1.5 lb (smoked) turkey meat, skinless and diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 14.5 ounces can diced tomatoes
    • stewed tomatoes
  • 1.25 cups no sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • 1 cup frozen peas *
  • 5 cups cooked mashed potatoes
  • 1/3 cup warm almond milk (or milk of your choice)
    • Add tablespoons almond milk until smooth
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat parmesan, grated
  • sea salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


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Step 1

Set oven to 400F.

Step 2

Chop up (smoked) turkey for the filling.  Then set a pan with tall sides suitable for baking on medium-high heat.  Add oil and saute the veggies.  Once that is complete, add the dried herbs to “bloom” everything together.

Step 3

Fold in the chopped turkey, stir and ensure it is covered in the spices and oil.  Sprinkle in arrowroot and mix together.  Reduce the heat to medium and then add tomato, bay leaves, and chicken stock.  Bring to a LIGHT, gentle simmer.

Step 4

Remove the pan from the heat to cool (and thicken). As it cools, fold in the peas.

Mix warmed almond milk with COLD or room temperature leftover mashed potatoes.  If desired, sprinkle in parmesan and mix together.

Note:  the leftover mashed potatoes is either cold or room temperature.  If the mash is too hot, it will immediately sink into the turkey mix.

Step 5

Add the potato mash on top of the turkey.  If desired, use a fork to make designs on top of the mash. Bake for at least 30 minutes uncovered.

Pro-tip: for the last 5 minutes of cooking, turn on the top broiler to better brown the top.

Step 6

Let it cool at LEAST 15 minutes before serving.

shepherd's pie with turkey

It thickens as it cools making the layers more visible and distinct.

turkey shepherd's pie

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Prep 15min
Cook 30min
Total 45min
# of servings6
Serving Size:506g

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About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!