When I originally came across the Turkey Shepherds Pie from The Hopeless House Wife, I was going to follow the recipe as Erika wrote it. However, when it came to execution, I skipped many of the steps and came up with this gem of an easy Turkey Shepherds Pie. I literally used up all my leftovers from my turkey dinner and tossed them into a casserole dish for dinner we would eat the next day.
Did you know a turkey dinner is one of the most economical meals you can prepare? The cost per serving is significantly lower than most meals served with meat. Not to mention how healthy it is is. My traditional turkey dinner gets served with a side of mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, brussels sprouts, stuffing, gravy, buns and just about anything else I have the ambition to put together.
I’d still like to try out Erika’s recipe (it has wine in it!), but I decided to cut out the extra cooking steps by using the leftover gravy, or in my case, a can of turkey gravy.
I knew I wanted extras to prepare dinner the next day, so I peeled extra potatoes and carrots for my meal. After my family was finished devouring as much turkey as they could fit in their tummies, I used my leftovers to make my shepherds pie. After all the work of preparing the turkey, it was very satisfying knowing I had dinner ready for the next day with little effort. All I had to do was heat my shepherds pie.
The nice thing about this recipe is it’s quite versatile and you could use up whichever leftovers you may have. I can see frozen corn being used in this recipe as well. Mmmmm… top with sweet potatoes instead of your standard white potatoes anyone? Yum.
(yes, I decided to get fancy and use an icing bag with a star tip to pipe my mashed potatoes on top)
Turkey Shepherds Pie
- 1 can turkey gravy
- ¼ cup milk (or more)
- 1 cup cooked carrots
- 1 cup frozen peas , defrosted
- 2 cups turkey , cubed
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 3 cups mashed potatoes
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
In a large bowl, combine the turkey gravy and milk. Whisk to thin the gravy.
Add all the remaining ingredients except the mash potatoes to the gravy mixture: carrots, peas, turkey and thyme. Gently stir together until well combined.
Transfer the turkey mixture to a large casserole dish. Level out the mixture before spooning (or piping) the potato mixture over top. This works best when the potato mixture is warm. Sprinkle with shredded cheese if using.
Heat in a 350 F oven for 20 minutes or until heated through. Can also be frozen at this point.