Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Thanksgiving leftovers reinvented into a flavorful shepherd’s pie. Moist leftover turkey combined with vegetables and gravy are topped off with creamy mashed potatoes and cheese. A must make dinner! Everyone will be asking for seconds!

Easy and flavorful leftover Thanksgiving turkey shepherd's pie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Last week during my errands, I took a trip to my favorite local apple farm to pick up some apples. I had full intentions of going anyway, but it was especially necessary after seeing what apples my local grocery store had available… pitiful. When I go to the farm, I like to stock up. I don’t get a tiny bag, I usually get a half bushel which is easily 20-25lb of apples. They were having a Thanksgiving deal that was too good to resist. So… I left with a full bushel of apples. I’ve never had this many apples in the house at once. It’s kind of nuts. I see pie, crisp and applesauce in my very near future. That is of course, if the kids don’t eat them all first!

Also, we went on a gingerbread house hunt. I’m all for making my own, but it’s time consuming. Maybe another year. But for now, a boxed kit works for us. Unfortunately most aren’t peanut free, so finding a safe one can be hard. Last year I found the Tootsie gingerbread house kit which just so happens to be peanut free – big win there! I’ve only seen it in a few stores so far this year, but if you’re looking, just know it’s out there!

Easy and flavorful leftover Thanksgiving turkey shepherd's pie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Julie convinced me to watch The Royals. The first season is free through Amazon Prime and I’d been looking for a fun new show to try. It was a quick show to not only get sucked into but to fly through. A short ten episodes for the first season. The good thing is the second is currently airing! If you like drama or English shows… though to be fair, this isn’t your typical English show. It’s a modern day English drama with mystery and romance all intertwined. Fun all around.

I’m now in prep mode, trying to nail down my schedule for what’s going on this week… appointments, days off from school (we’ll get back to that), recipe testing and of course pie making for Thanksgiving! So much to do in such a short time. My obsession with lists is going to come in very hand this week. Also, seriously someone explain to me why on earth kids these days have the day before a holiday completely off? Growing up we always had a half day, which to me still seems totally reasonable. It’s enough time to still get any traveling in and then you’re not wasting a whole day in the school calendar. Is it just our school district or are all doing this now?

Easy and flavorful leftover Thanksgiving turkey shepherd's pie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Clearly I’m a HUGE fan of reinventing Thanksgiving leftovers. Because the same thing can get boring real fast.

Remember… if you want even more ridiculously tasty leftover ideas to check out the archives!

Going for something new and fun, I decided to put a spin on a classic shepherd’s pie, using Thanksgiving leftovers! Of course, if you don’t have leftovers, feel free to start from scratch. It’ll be completely worth it!

This super flavorful leftover Thanksgiving turkey shepherd’s pie is an absolute must make! Even the kids were asking for more!

Moist leftover turkey combined with vegetables and gravy are topped off with creamy mashed potatoes and cheese! A fantastic dinner for the entire family…and everyone will be asking for seconds!

Be sure to add this turkey shepherd’s pie to your dinner plans!

Easy and flavorful leftover Thanksgiving turkey shepherd's pie recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Yield: Serves 4-6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Shepherd's Pie

Moist turkey, combined with vegetables and topped off with creamy mashed potatoes. Thanksgiving leftovers reinvented into a flavorful shepherd's pie.


  • 2Tb unsalted butter
  • 3/4C onion, chopped
  • 1/3C celery, chopped
  • 1/3C carrots, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2C leftover turkey meat
  • 1/4C peas or green beans
  • 1/4C corn
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1C gravy
  • 2C mashed potatoes*
  • 4oz cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion, celery and carrots, cooking until onions are translucent. Add minced garlic, cooking for an additional minute. Add turkey, corn and peas (or green beans), along with seasonings and gravy, cooking until heated through. Transfer to a 1 quart baking dish, pressing into an even layer. 
  3. Heat mashed potatoes util luke warm and easy to stir. Add half of the shredded cheese to the potatoes, stir to combine. Spread mashed potatoes over the turkey filling. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. 
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. If desired, broil or use a kitchen torch to char cheese slightly. 
  5. Serve warm. 

*Roughly 3/4lb potatoes should be used for mashed potatoes, if no leftovers are available. Cook, mash and season as desired, then continue with recipe.

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25 Responses to “Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Shepherd’s Pie”

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    Sarah — November 23, 2015 at 7:01 am

    This looks delicious, and is such a good way to get all the extra turkey used up!

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2015 @ 7:42 am

      Thanks Sarah!

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    David @ CookingChat — November 23, 2015 at 7:12 am

    oh, I love Shepherd’s Pie…great idea to make one w the turkey leftovers!

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2015 @ 7:42 am

      Thanks David!

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    Ramona W — November 23, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Now that is a brilliant use of leftovers! I could eat some right now. :)

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2015 @ 7:42 am

      Thanks Ramona!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — November 23, 2015 at 7:52 am

    BEAUTIFUL my friend! Nothing better than new ideas on what and how to use your Thanksgiving leftovers in the best way possible! You hit this one right on! :) Now scoop me up some please :)

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2015 @ 7:42 am

      Thanks Taylor!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — November 23, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Gorgeous meal Rachel!!! I love this take on Shepherd’s Pie. And so many apples… I’m jealous. :) (Of course I could always go to the farm too.) FYI, my kids are in school on Wednesday.

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2015 @ 7:43 am

      Thanks Allie!

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary — November 23, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    This is a fabulous way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers! I love shepherd’s pie, but when it can be made quick and easy with Turkey Day leftovers I feel like it tastes even more delicious! This makes me seriously hungry for Friday! Cheers and thanks for sharing the YUM!

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2015 @ 7:43 am

      Thanks Cheyanne! :)

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    Janele — November 23, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Hello Rachel,
    How would you replace the gravy if you had too?

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2015 @ 7:45 am

      If you don’t have any leftover, use a new batch of homemade (I have a dripless gravy recipe that would be a good substitute) or a new jar of store bought.

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    Malinda @ Countryside Cravings — November 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    This looks amazing! I love shepherd’s pie and this twist looks really good! I am also a list person and if I don’t make one I just can’t seem to stay focused and somewhat organized through the day. Our school does a half a day but I think most schools have a full day off.

    • Rachel — November 24th, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

      Thanks so much Malinda. And yes… I’m so right there with you. Lists are necessary.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — November 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Fun twist on shepherds pie! Definitely a nice use of leftovers. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Rachel — November 27th, 2015 @ 7:36 am

      Thanks Pamela!

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    Martin @ The Why Chef — November 27, 2015 at 6:47 am

    Quality! Love how this is totally different from the typical leftover meals that usually come to mind!

    Is the gravy just for serving? We usually have beef gravy on the go (the wife insists!), so should I plan for turkey gravy to make this work?

    • Rachel — November 27th, 2015 @ 7:37 am

      The gravy is used as the sauce for the turkey and vegetables. As for the beef gravy, I’d say it depends on how strong the flavor is. Turkey gravy or my dripless gravy recipe would be your best bet, but if the beef flavor is mild it might still work. Enjoy!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — November 30, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    My boyfriend was sad that I had a sweet potato instead of mashed potatoes this year. I now have the same feelings after seeing this as we have tons of turkey leftover and might need to make a fresh batch haha,

    • Rachel — December 1st, 2015 @ 7:31 am

      I think you definitely do! :)

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    Nick — December 6, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Rachel, I’m curious as to when the gravy is added? Do you add it to the skillet with the rest of the seasonings? or do you just mix it together with the turkey mixture once you transfer that to a baking dish?

    • Rachel — December 6th, 2015 @ 3:53 pm

      It should be added in with the seasonings. Sorry for the accidental omission and confusion! I’ve updated the recipe.

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    Nick — December 6, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Ah thats okay! Thank you so much for the ridiculously fast response haha :)

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