Thanksgiving Leftover Shepherd’s Pie

Thanksgiving Leftover Shepherd’s Pie

I don’t know about you, but we always make way more food than we need for Thanksgiving so that we can have leftovers.  I almost think that the leftovers are better than the original meal.  I know it sounds wrong, but Thanksgiving leftovers are the bomb!  Usually we have a pretty well balanced amount of leftovers.  However, this time we had more leftover potatoes than usual.  So, I decided that it was time to come up with a recipe that featured leftover mashed potatoes.  This Thanksgiving Shepherd’s Pie features leftover turkey, gravy, vegetables all topped with a nice layer of potatoes.  It was a hit and I am sure it will be a hit at your house!

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Top Ten Thanksgiving Recipes – Slideshow

Top Ten Thanksgiving Recipes – Slideshow
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Sirloin Tips with Mushrooms

Sirloin Tips with Mushrooms
Back in the day I used to work at a go-kart track that was situated right next to Ponderosa Steak House.  One of my favorite lunch time meals was Sirloin Tips.  I haven’t thought of that for a while until I went to the store and saw that top sirloin steaks were on sale.  So I recreated one of my favorite recipes below.  I served it over rice, but you could easily serve it over noodles or mashed potatoes.

Sirloin Tips with Mushrooms
  • 1 pound top sirloin steak, or tenderloin, trimmed and cut into 1/2 in pieces
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 tbs finely chopped shallots
  • 2 (6-oz) packages sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 fresh thyme sprigs

Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbs butter and then add the steak. Saute for 4-5 minutes, making sure to brown the steak on all sides.

Brown the beef

Remove the steak from the pan and set aside.

Melt the remaining butter in pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and mushrooms, cook for 4-5 minutes or until the mushrooms start to soften and release their liquid.

Add the shrooms and shallots

Then add the garlic, Worcestershire Sauce and flour to the mushrooms.  Mix well and continue cooking for 2 minutes longer.  Make sure to constantly stir the mixture.

Add in the flour

Slowly add the broth to the mixture.  Make sure to continually whisk the mixture to remove any lumps.

Slowly add the broth

Season the mixture with salt, pepper and the thyme sprigs.  Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until it thickens, Roughly 3 minutes.

Time to add the Thyme

Add the beef back to the pan and mix to coat.  Continue to cook until the meat is reheated and hot.  Roughly 3 minutes.

Add the beef

Serve straight up or over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes.

Beef tips with mushrooms over rice

This dish was excellent!

Time to eat

I would eat this easily once a week.

Chicken-N-Noodles over Mashed Potatoes

Chicken-N-Noodles over Mashed Potatoes

Starch Starch Starch, I love Starch.  This is the greatest meal I have ever had.  It is based on one that I had a Bob Evans Restaurant.  It is basically a Biscuit, topped with mashed potatoes, topped with chicken noodle soup.  Amazing!!  This was one meal that I was extremely happy that I had leftovers of.

Chicken-N-Noodles over Mashed Potatoes

I can not emphasize how much I enjoyed this meal.  Noodles, potatoes and a biscuit, so many carbs, so frickin awesome.

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Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Last week I made a pot roast and it needed a few sides.  So I searched the internet to find a couple of sides to serve along with the roast.  One was the Roasted Cauliflower that I posted about last week.  Today I am posting about some exquisitely creamy, garlic Parmesan mashed potatoes.  So tasty and full of flavor.  They honestly take no more time than regular mashed potatoes so if you have a choice, I would always make these.

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

I shaved some slices of Parmesan onto the potatoes for this shot.  It is unnecessary, but added yet another punch of cheese flavor to the dish.

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Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

I have said it and I will say it again.  I love potatoes.  They are tasty, filling, and go great with cheese.  A couple of days ago I posted Braised Short Ribs.  They were delicious and created some of the tastiest gravy that I have ever had.  What goes great with gravy?  Potatoes.  What goes great with braised short rib gravy?  Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes.

Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

They were creamy and delicious.  They had just enough goat cheese to taste the cheese without overpowering the potatoes.  Amazing!!!

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Whipped Red Skin Potatoes

Whipped Red Skin Potatoes

I am in full Turkey Day mode.  To go with the turkey that I made yesterday, I decided to make some whipped red skin potatoes.  Red skin potatoes are my favorite.  They are not too starchy and they taste great.  Since they have less starch, they whip up nicely.  Plus, I like having the skins in the mashed potatoes.  It gives the potatoes a homemade feel and further emphasizes to your dinner guests that you actually made real mashed potatoes.  Another bonus, I think it looks cool.

Whipped Red Skin Potatoes
Whipped Red Skin Potatoes

Simple and super tasty.

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