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Turkey Leftovers? Make a Healthy Cottage Pie

Shepherd’s Pie has its origin in England and it was developed in the mid-19th century and is traditionally made with lamb or mutton, topped with creamy mashed potatoes on top and baked until the crust becomes golden brown.

The recipe has evolved and other countries have developed their own shepherd’s pie or cottage pie as they call it in the U.S.A, using beef instead of lamb.   Typically, Shepherd’s Pie or cottage pie or whatever else you like to call it, is a casserole dish with a layer of cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked.

Here is a healthier cottage pie which I would call Greek Cottage Pie as I have followed the Mediterranean Diet, using lean turkey (or chicken) ground meat, olive oil and Greek herbs, such as oregano and thyme.

This is a wonderful recipe to make if you have leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner.  At the beginning of blogging when I didn’t even know about shepherd’s pie, I made a similar recipe, which you can find here.

Healthy Greek Cottage Pie,  Recipe by Ivy

Preparation time:  30 minutes

Cooking time:  45 minutes

Serves:  6


  • 500 grams (1.10 lbs) ground turkey
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kennels
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, grated
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white dry wine
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp tarragon
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped dill
  • 1 dose Olive oil mashed potatoes (see my Olive oil Mashed potatoes)


  1. Prepare the mashed potatoes and while the potatoes are boiling prepare the filling.
  2. In a skillet heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic, until translucent.  Add the ground turkey and sauté for five minutes, until it changes colour to white.  Add the grated carrots, the peas, the corn and mix.
  3. Add the wine and Worcestershire sauce and mix until the alcohol evaporates.  Add the grated tomatoes and season with salt, pepper and the dried herbs.  Mix on low heat until all the juices evaporate.
  4. Remove from the heat and mix in the parsley and dill.
  5. Prepare the mashed potatoes.
  6. Brush a 13 x 9 inch (33 x 23 cm) Pyrex dish with olive oil.  Add 1/3 of the mashed potatoes in the dish.  Add the ground turkey and distribute it evenly on top.   Add the remaining mashed potatoes in a piping bag using a star shaped tip and pipe out peaks, close to each other.
  7. Preheat oven to 180oC (350oF) and cook for about 45 minutes or until a golden brown crust forms on top.

Sorry there is no picture when it was baked as we were hungry and I forgot to take a picture.

My best wishes to all my friends and readers who celebrate Thanksgiving!

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi!!

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13 Responses

  1. mmm…that looks YUMMY! Mashed potatoes atop look great.

  2. I love your perfectly piped potatoes Ivy! So pretty! Almost makes me want to actually eat turkey…

  3. Your cottage pie looks very nice, Ivy.
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  4. I've always loved Shepherd's Pie …. so I am certain I would truly enjoy this. A wonderful cold-weather meal.

  5. This looks hearty and delicious Ivy – perfect for the wet, miserable weather we have here today.

  6. It's a terrific idea, and I love how pretty your potato layer looks on top!

  7. Ήβη μου σε ευχαριστώ για τις ευχές σου. Να είσαι καλά και εσύ και η οικογένειά σου. This pie is ideal to make with Christmas turkey leftovers.

  8. great idea ,ivy,for use the meat leftovers!looks yummy step-by-step recipe!

  9. I haven't eaten a cottage pie in years! Now I want some! Love the mashed/piped potato on the pie Ivy!
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  10. fimère

    un magnifique plat qui est joliment décoré
    bravo pour cette superbe recette
    bonne journée

  11. MaryMoh

    I would love this with the turkey mince….yum. Love those piped mash on top!
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  12. the potato swirls are very alluring; makes one want to gobble up the entire plate, selfishly and without any good manners!

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  13. Hello Ivy
    i love the presentation and also the surprise when you bring the dish on the table what is below?!!!