Posted by: marthabernie | November 20, 2014

After Thanksgiving Casserole aka Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie – Reposted

11/20/14 NOTE:  I am reposting this recipe since Thanksgiving and leftovers are coming up soon.

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The recipe I found for this casserole started with unseasoned bread crumbs which were made into stuffing, and potatoes that had to be cooked and mashed.  The woman who posted it online said that she had used instant mashed potatoes when she last made it, and that she had dreamed it up because she had leftover turkey.

This recipe is very much like a shepherd’s pie but instead of using beef or lamb, it calls for tukey.  In my view, if you have enough stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy left over after Thanksgiving, you can make the whole thing with leftovers.  In fact, you could cook one pan of stuffing in a casserole dish ahead of time and make the process that much faster.  You can also use cream of chicken soup instead of gravy as a substitute, but here is what I did:

Cover the bottom of a deep casserole dish with stuffing, either leftover from your turkey or from a box or from scratch.  Chop four stalks of celery and one medium onion and saute in a frying pan in a little oil until translucent.  Season with salt, pepper, white pepper, sage and poultry seasoning.   Remove from heat.  Chop leftover turkey into half inch cubes.  Mix turkey with enough leftover gravy to cover the casserole dish.  Mix in 3/4 cup sour cream, then add the onion and celery and mix.  Pour this mixture over the stuffing layer and spread out evenly.

Heat mashed potatoes (about four large potatoes) and if they have not already been seasoned, add 4 tblespoons butter, salt and pepper.  When heated, mix in 2/3 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup cream cheese.  Combine until smooth.  Then top the casserole dish with the potatoes and spread evenly over the top.  Sprinkle grated cheddar and/or Monterey Jack cheese over the top and bake at 350 degrees F until heated through.

The first time I made this casserole, I did not have turkey or chicken in the house but had some turkey sausage.  Since my mother always made sage-sausage-cornbread stuffing, the end result was reminiscent of the Thanksgivings of my childhood.  I even ate a few bites mixed with cranberry sauce!


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