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Relive the Best of Thanksgiving Dinner with a Tasty Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie!

Whether you’re looking for a creative way to use up those Thanksgiving leftovers or you simply want to switch it up for friends and family this year, this leftover turkey shepherd’s pie is just the trick you’ve been searching for!

It features all the best dishes from Thanksgiving dinner—including turkey, stuffing (or dressing), mashed potatoes, veggies, gravy, and even cranberry sauce! This incredibly tasty dish is a twist on the traditional shepherd’s pie—a leftover turkey shepherd’s pie—that you’ll want to make year after year.

The best part? This leftover turkey shepherd’s pie contains some health benefits that may surprise you. By including assorted veggies such as peas, carrots, green beans, or Brussels sprouts, you’re getting plant-based protein, fiber, and tons of vitamins and minerals. [1]

In fact, one study showed that people who eat more vegetables are able to substantially reduce their stress levels! [2] And as an extra healthy punch, the cranberries included in this are full of vitamins (especially vitamin C) and minerals—and they’re well known to fight urinary tract infections, too! [3]

Finally, did I mention that this recipe is completely customizable? You can add as much of each ingredient as you want, making it perfect for your family’s preferences! So, what are we waiting for? Let’s dig in!



Leftover Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

Time:  40 minutes

Serves: 4 to 6


Leftover turkey shepherd's pie ingredients - Dr. Pingel


Assorted vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans, Brussels sprouts)


Stuffing or dressing


Mashed potatoes

Cranberry sauce (optional)



1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large cast-iron skillet, combine the leftover vegetables, turkey, and stuffing. Drizzle with the gravy.

Making leftover turkey shepherd's pie - Dr. Pingel

3. Cover with mashed potatoes and bake for 30 minutes. If you desire a crispy top, broil for 2-3 minutes before removing from the oven.

Leftover turkey shepherd's pie - Dr. Pingel

4. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

5. Serve topped with additional gravy or cranberry sauce, if desired.

Leftover turkey shepherd's pie: ready to serve - Dr. Pingel


  • *Note: If vegan, you can use mock meat or tofu in place of the turkey.

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