Day After Thanksgiving Shepard's Pie | Recipeish | Gustus Vitae

Day After Thanksgiving Shepard's Pie | Recipeish | Gustus Vitae

  • Yield: Serves 4.
  • Time Estimate: 50 hour, including 40 minutes unattended.
  • Storage Notes: Best if enjoyed the same day, will keep for another day covered and refrigerated.
  • Difficulty: Easy.

Some people maintain the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is next day: everything is all prepped and ready, all the flavors have gotten an overnight to get to know each other, and there's no rules or traditions about what you 'have' to make. Shepard's pie is one of our favorite day-after dishes: all the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner, living happily under a creamy, crunchy, cheesy mashed potato roof.

 Ingredients (All approximate: work with what you have and like)

  • 3 1/2 Cups mashed potatoes
  • 2 1/2 Cups stuffing or dressing
  • 1 1/2 Sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Cup panko crumbs
  • 2 Tbs Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 4 Tbs Taste of Provence
  • 1/2 Cup fresh parsley
  • 3 Tbs Herbed Truffle Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 Cups gravy
  • 2 1/2 Cups shredded turkey
  • Either: 2 Cups root veggie gratin, or garlic green beans
    • Remove all ingredients from the fridge, and preheat oven to 350F.
    • Shred turkey and roughly measure out quantities of all ingredients.
    • Separate ingredients into oven-safe bowls and containers, and pop in the oven, working in batches if need be, for around 5-8 minutes, bringing up to room temperature.
    • Use the 1/2 stick up butter to thoroughly grease the bottom and sides of a large rectangular baking dish, like this handsome one from Emile Henry.
    • Place reserved stick of butter in a small bowl and microwave on high for 1-2 minutes to melt it completely.
    • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together panko, Taste of Provence, 1 Tbs Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, Herbed Truffle Seasoning, and Parmesan cheese.
    • Pour over melted butter, and mix well to thoroughly combine.
    • Begin assembling in layers: first stuffing or dressing, then veggie gratin or green beans, then shredded turkey, then mashed potatoes.
    • Take care to make sure the layers go all the way to edges, and completely fill the baking dish.
    • Finally, top with Parmesan & panko mixture, sprinkling on a bit of extra Parmesan after layering.
    • Pop in the oven and cook uncovered for 30 minutes.
    • Increase heat to broil, and cook for a further 5-8 minutes, or until well browned, placing reserved gravy in the oven briefly to warm up as you do.
    • Rough chop parsley, and reserve.
    • Remove from oven and allow 10 minutes to cool: it's hard to wait, but doing this will give everything a chance to firm up a bit so it stays together when you're plating it.
    • Serve, sprinkling over reserved Crushed Red Pepper Flakes and parsley, drizzle over gravy, and devour.
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