Turkey Shepherd's Pie with Two-Potato Topping


This makes a large pie, but you can also prepare the dish in individual 1 1/2-cup ramekins. Check them for doneness after 20 minutes.

Turkey Shepherd's Pie with Two-Potato Topping

© Lucy Schaeffer

Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
4 servings

The recipe is from Jimmy Bradley of the iconic, now-shuttered Red Cat restaurant in New York City, 


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, 1 tablespoon of it melted

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 1 medium celery rib, finely chopped

  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped

  • 4 cups diced turkey meat

  • 1 cup turkey gravy

  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped sage

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes

  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes

  • 2 tablespoons minced chives

  • 1 large egg, beaten


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet. Add the onion, celery, and carrot and cook over low heat until softened, about 12 minutes. Add the turkey and cook, stirring, until heated through. Add the gravy and cook until bubbling. Remove from the heat, stir in the parsley and sage, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the filling to a 9- x 13-inch baking dish and let cool.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a bowl, blend the mashed white and sweet potatoes with the chives. Season the mashed potatoes with salt and pepper and beat in the egg. Spread the potatoes over the filling and brush the top with the melted butter. Bake in the upper third of the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly browned and the filling is bubbling. Let the pie stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

Suggested pairing

A smooth, generous Chardonnay will echo the texture of the creamy gravy and the soft mashed potato topping in this comforting baked pie. Look for an inexpensive, fruity wine from southeastern Australia.

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