How to Make Zingerman’s Cornman Farms Thanksgiving Leftover Shepherd’s Pie

Chef Kieron Hales of Zingerman’s Cornman Farms shares a delicious way to repurpose those leftover Turkey Day dishes.
Thanksgiving Leftover Shepherd’s Pie Recipe By Chef Kieron Hales. // Photograph courtesy of Zingerman's Cornman Farms.

Thanksgiving is all fun and games until the day is over and you’re left with a fridge overflowing with leftovers, and while you could spend the next month eating as many turkey sandwiches as humanly possible, this recipe by Chef Kieron Hales of Zingerman’s Cornman Farms offers a better solution for your leftover bird, potatoes, stuffing and more.


  • 9×13 inch baking dish
  • 8×8 inch baking dish (in case you have leftovers


  • ⅓ cup pomace oil
  • 1 red onion, roughly diced
  • 2 sticks of celery, roughly diced
  • 1 small leek, rough diced (use the whole thing!)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pureed
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup cooked carrots, roughly diced
  • 1 cup cooked brussels sprouts, roughly diced
  • 2 cups of gravy
  • 1 cup of stock of your choice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup cooked dark meat turkey, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup cooked white meat turkey, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup of sherry
  • 4 ½ cups of mashed potatoes
  • 5 ½ cups of stuffing, roughly chopped


Step 1

  • Add oil to a large heavy bottomed pan and bring to medium heat.
  • Add onion, celery and leeks, cooking until tender for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add roughly chopped stuffing to a blender and pulse until it has a breadcrumb-like consistency. Set aside.

Step 2  

  • Puree garlic with salt. Add to pan and cook for five minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of blended stuffing, diced carrots, brussel sprouts, gravy and stock to the pan. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add cream and bring back to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add all chopped turkey meat and sherry to the pan. Bring back to a simmer and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Remove from stove and place mixture into a 9×13 inch casserole dish. Place dish in refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Step 3

  • Mix remainder of blended stuffing with mashed potatoes. Adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Remove the turkey mixture from the refrigerator.
  • Using your hands, place a thin layer of mashed potato mixture on top of the turkey mixture.
  • Place dish in the oven at 375F for 40 minutes (or until the mashed potato mixture is crispy).
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy! 

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