Irish Shepherd's Pie

There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with our great tasting Irish Shepherd’s Pie that features chopped cooked turkey. Mashed potatoes and turkey gravy are the perfect complements to make this ideal comfort food for that lingering winter weather. Cooked vegetables also add a touch of green to keep those Irish eyes smiling.

Irish Shepherd's Pie


  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 1/3 cups turkey gravy (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 cups cooked vegetables (or mixture of frozen corn, peas, carrots, green beans, etc., thawed)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup cranberry sauce (homemade or store-bought)


  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a deep-dish pie pan (or a 9 x 9-inch baking dish) with nonstick cooking spray. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, in a large skillet, heat the oil. Add celery, onion, pepper and poultry seasoning. Cook and stir until the onions begin to soften, 2-4 minutes.
  3. While the onions are cooking, mix the potatoes and sour cream in a mixing bowl. Stir well to combine and set aside.
  4. Add the turkey and gravy to the onion mixture in the skillet and stir. When the mixture is heated through, transfer it to the baking dish.
  5. Top the turkey mixture with the cooked vegetables.
  6. Drop the mashed potatoes by large spoonsful atop the vegetables. Using a rubber spatula rinsed with cold water, flatten the potatoes to cover the turkey and vegetables, smoothing to the edge of the baking dish. Brush the top of the potatoes with melted butter.
  7. Place the pie onto the foil-covered baking sheet and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  8. Cover the pie with foil and let it rest for 5 to 8 minutes before serving.
  9. Serve with cranberry sauce on the side.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Idaho Potato Commission through the National Turkey Federation