Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

About This Recipe:

To be honest, I had never actually tried shepherd’s pie prior to making this dish at home because it is traditionally made with ground lab at Irish pubs. However, this recipe is basically what I imagine it should taste like. It is still really delicious and hearty with ground turkey or chicken, and who doesn’t like mounds of mashed potatoes on top of meat and vegetables? This isn’t the quickest recipe because you have to prepare the mashed potatoes and filling on the stovetop, and then let it all bake together, but it is pretty simple and worth the different steps! It’s a fun and healthy recipe to add to your rotation if you have a bit of extra time at home.


Ingredients (4- 6 servings) 

Mashed Potatoes
-2 lbs gold potatoes, peeled and diced
-3/4 cup milk
-2 tbls butter
-Salt and pepper

Turkey Filling
-1 large onion, diced
-2-3 large carrots, peeled and diced
-1 lb ground turkey
-2 tbls flour
-1 tbl tomato paste
-2 tsps fresh thyme
-1 cup frozen peas
-3/4 cup chicken stock
-1/4 cup parsley, chopped
-Olive oil
-Salt and pepper

Instructions (1 hour 15 minutes)
1. Mashed potatoes:
-In a large pot, bring water to a boil and cook the potatoes until they are fork tender (about 10-15 minutes depending on the size.)
-Drain the potatoes and mash with the milk and butter. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Turkey filling:
-In a large skillet over medium high heat, pour in 1-2 tbls of olive oil. Sauté the onion and carrots for 5 minutes until softened.
-Add in the ground turkey and brown for 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for another minute.
-Mix in the tomato paste, thyme, and peas. Then pour in the chicken stock and simmer for 5 minutes to thicken. Toss in the parsley and season with salt and pepper.
3. Put together:
-In a baking dish, pour in the turkey filling and then top with the mashed potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.

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