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The Ultimate Usage of Thanksgiving Day Leftovers

So we are swiftly encroaching on it being nearly a week now since Thanksgiving. And if your fridge is anything like mine, it is still over flowing with leftovers.

We had the obligatory Black Friday sandwich.


Complete with leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.

We’ve also gone the easy route and thrown a bunch of crap on some spinach and called it a salad.


But if you are like me, I’m already slightly weary of turkey and am already looking for weighs to amp up the daunting tupperware containers staring back at me every time I open the fridge.

Their time has come.


Stuffing. Mashed Potatoes. Gravy. Turkey. Hell, if you have some green bean casserole left, through that in there too. But we went without this year.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Shepherd’s Pie

Start by chopping up a couple cups worth of turkey. White, dark, it makes no difference. I used a mixture of both.


Spread it out on the bottom of a pie dish. Or a casserole dish. Whatever suits your fancy. You can even make this as a 9 x 13 casserole so just double the amounts of everything to do it that way.


Pour about one cup of gravy over the turkey. If it is real gravy, you’ll probably have to heat it up first to liquefy it a bit.


Then it is time for your veggies. This is where you can use leftovers also but veggies don’t stand a chance in my house so I used 1 carrot, chopped, and 1 cup each of frozen corn and peas, and a quarter of a red onion I had in the fridge, chopped.


Spread those out over the turkey/gravy, nice and even.


Go ahead and give it a shake of pepper here if you’d like.

Then it is time for some stuffing. You can do without if you don’t have any left. It’s not a money maker here.


Sprinkle about a cup worth over the veggies.


And then, to round it all out, mobs of mashed potatoes. I think I used about 3 cups?


It’s easiest just to spread it out with your hand, and smoosh it down nicely.


Cover it with foil, bake at 350* for 35 minutes.

Remove foil, flip oven to broil, broil until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.


Gorgeous, right?


The first piece is always a disaster.


The second comes out a bit better.


But the leftover leftovers are really the best.


4 Responses

  1. I love the casserole idea. I’m seeing a lot of sandwiches and turkey chili on the internet this week…but casserole sounds good!

  2. This looks amazing homes! Nom nom

  3. Holy YUUUUUUUM!
    Oh, how I wish Brazilians would celebrate Thanksgiving… I’d love to use the leftovers 😀

  4. I love sherpherd pies! And you did it justices. Thanks for sharing your version… Luna

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