Shepherd’s Pie

November 16, 2018

With Thanksgiving just around the corner (less than a week!!) food, specifically leftovers, have been on my mind! I am a huge fan, like huge huge huge fan, of Shepherd’s Pie. Everything about it screams comfort, it is so just so damn delicious. Another awesome thing about it? Almost everything you need to make this, can be found in your Thanksgiving leftovers! Its the perfect way to make use of your leftovers while creating a simple meal without too much effort.

The recipe I have included here is my original recipe that I use when I make this throughout fall/winter BUT simply substitute the ground beef for turkey leftovers and you’re golden.


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large yellow onion (diced)
  • 2 large carrots (diced)
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • red pepper flakes to taste


  • 5 russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 stick of butter
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • paprika
  • green onion

Start by making your mashed potato topping. If you have leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving then use those! Otherwise, you’ll want to peel and boil your potatoes until they are fork tender. Drain the water and return to the pot on low heat until the potatoes are no longer steaming. Then add in your sour cream, butter, milk, salt and pepper.

Next up the filling! Saute the ground beef until browned and set aside. Again, if you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, use that in place of the ground beef! Dice up your onion, carrot and celery. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil to the pan and saute veggies until softened. About 7 minutes.
Return the ground beef to the pan (or add your leftover turkey) with veggies and add minced garlic. Cook until fragrant.  Mix in the tomato paste, worsestershire sauce, rosemary, parsley, flour, red pepper flakes and let cook for about 5 minutes until thickened.

Now its time to assemble this delicious dish. Spoon the filling mixture into a casserole dish. Cover it with mashed potatoes and sprinkle your cheese over top. Top it with a few dashed of paprika. Bake it in the overn at 350 degreess for about 40 minutes or until the cheese gets a golden crust to it. Sprinkle with green onions and enjoy!

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