Now that Halloween is behind us, it's finally time to kick
off that magical, most wonderful time of year we all
know as the Holiday baking and cooking season!
That season when comfort foods reign supreme, families gather together and
socializing always revolves around really great food! And, if you're anything
like me, it's also the time of year when we cook a whole lot more than we
need so we're left wondering what to do with all of those great leftovers!
In our house, there's a tradition of having Shepherd's Pie the day
following our Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. It's so easy to put
together and is as delicious as the first time dinner was served. In
fact, if you ask my son who loves to eat a little bit of everything on
his plate in one bite, he would tell you that it tastes even better!
I think holiday dinner leftovers make the perfect Shepherd's pie! This
recipe can be made in a casserole dish, pie plate and even in a muffin
pan for individual servings that can be frozen and popped into the
microwave for quick meals that tastes like you spent hours in the
kitchen! The first step to creating my Be Thankful for Holiday
Stuffing naturally creates the perfect crust - So just add a few cups to
a pie plate and press it over the bottom and into the sides. Like this...
Then, spread whole berry or jellied cranberry
sauce over the surface of stuffing crust...
Leftover turkey meat is added to the cranberry sauce layer...
Then, topped with vegetables. Any veggies will do. Honey-glazed
carrots, green beans, asparagus... Even broccoli and cauliflower or a
mix of every vegetable served at your holiday table works just fine!
Just don't forget to drizzle a little gravy over your vegetables before...
Crowning your Shepherd's Pie with my incredibly
delectable Garlic Mashed Idaho® Potatoes!
Seriously, this is a mashed potato recipe you'll have to double, just
to ensure you have leftovers to create this Shepherd's Pie at all!
Finish with a pinch of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and...
Slip your Shepherd's Pie into a preheated 400°F oven...
For 22-25 minutes or until potatoes turn golden brown!
This Shepherd's Pie is a marvelous way of using up all of
your holiday dinner leftovers! And, it tastes so good...
You may find yourself bringing out desserts
early, just to make sure you have leftovers!
That being said, there are no rules! Which means you have permission
to create my Holiday Shepherd's Pie for dinner any time!
I am delighted to have shared this recipe with the good people
of the Idaho® Potato Commission where you can now find it,
along with other amazing holiday recipe ideas featured at their website!