This turkey shepherd's pie is a classic shepherd's pie with a twist. This recipe takes your traditional shepherd's pie recipe and swaps out the ground beef for lean, flavorful turkey. The cheesy mashed potatoes on top are the perfect complement to the turkey and veggie filling.
Why You'll Love Turkey Shepherd's Pie
There are many reasons to love this recipe for turkey shepherd's pie. The savory turkey and veggies filling combined with the creamy mashed potatoes on top make for an irresistible dish. It’s easy to prepare and combines your meat and veggies all in one pan. And it’s a hearty dish that will keep you full for hours. You can customize the recipe to your taste by adding or removing vegetables or seasonings.
Is this Recipe Healthy?
Turkey shepherd's pie is a healthy option because it contains lean protein in the form of ground turkey as well as plenty of fiber, vitamins, and minerals from the vegetables. Peas are a good source of protein, fiber, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Carrots are loaded with vitamin A. The tomatoes are full of vitamin C and other antioxidants, such as lycopene.
Potatoes often get a bad rap, but they are a great source of many nutrients that make them a healthy food choice. Potatoes contain a significant amount of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium. And potatoes provide complex carbohydrates for sustained energy throughout the day. With all these ingredients combined, this dish makes for a nutritious meal.
How to Make Turkey Shepherd's Pie
Prep the veggies:
- Peel and dice the onion.
- Peel and mince the garlic cloves.
- Peel and finely dice the carrots.
- Dice the celery.
- Peel and cube the potatoes. Boil the potatoes until soft.
Prepare the meat and veggie filling:
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan. Add the minced garlic, diced onion, and a bit of salt. Cook until soft and fragrant.
- Add the carrots and celery and cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes on medium heat.
- Add the ground turkey meat and season with the salt, pepper, and thyme. Cook until browned, making sure to break up any big lumps.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and Worcestershire sauce to the pan and mix well. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Taste the mixture. If it is too acidic, add a teaspoon of sugar.
Prepare the mashed potatoes:
- Drain the boiled potatoes and place them in a big bowl.
- Add the butter, salt, pepper, and shredded mozzarella.
- Mash everything together with the help of a potato masher.
Assemble and cook:
- Fill the baking dish with the meat and veggie filling. Spread evenly.
- Cover the filling with a layer of cheesy mashed potatoes.
- Make lines in the mashed potatoes with a fork for decoration and crispiness.
- Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until the mashed potato top is golden.
Tips & Variations for Turkey Shepherd's Pie
When making turkey shepherd's pie, there are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Choose lean ground turkey for the filling. You can also substitute other ground meats, such as ground chicken, lean ground beef, ground pork, or even ground lamb.
- Add a bit of sugar to the tomato to balance out the acidity.
- Skip the Worcestershire sauce if you don't have it, but add if you can because it amps up the flavor.
- Substitute ½ cup of brandy or cognac for the Worcestershire sauce and allow it to boil.
- Add in other vegetables, such as mushrooms, bell peppers, squash, or zucchini.
- Try different fresh herbs, such as rosemary or parsley, for added flavor.
- Add chopped chives or grated cheddar cheese to the top of the potatoes.
- Opt for different types of potatoes for the topping. You can try sweet potatoes, purple potatoes, or even cauliflower mash instead of mashed white potatoes.
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Turkey Shepherd's Pie FAQs
If you don't have a potato masher, there are a few alternatives that you can use. Use a fork or large spoon to mash the potatoes. You can also use an immersion blender or food processor to help break down the potato chunks into a more mashed consistency.
This turkey shepherd's pie recipe is gluten free as long as you check the label on the Worcestershire sauce. Some Worcestershire sauces contain gluten, so make sure you find one that is labeled as gluten free.
You can store leftovers of turkey shepherd's pie in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.
Turkey shepherd's pie is a classic dish that has been transformed with turkey instead of beef. This turkey shepherd’s pie is full of flavor, nutrition, and comfort, and you can adapt it to better suit your diet. Serve this one pot meal tonight.Print
Turkey Shepherd's Pie
Classic shepherd's pie made with ground turkey instead of ground beef. Supper delicious meat filled with flavor and topped up with cheesy mashed potatoes.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Lunch/dinner/chicken/poultry
- Cuisine: English
1 pound ground turkey
1 cup frozen peas
2 small celery sticks
2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
1 medium-sized white onion
2 garlic cloves
1 bunch of fresh thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons butter
For the mashed potatoes:
4 medium-sized potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Prep the veggies:
Peel and chop finely the onion.
Peel and mince the garlic cloves.
Peel and dice finely the carrots.
Chop finely the celery.
Peel and chop the potatoes.
Boil the potatoes with enough water until soft.
In a pan with one tablespoon of butter cook the minced garlic and the chopped onion. Season with a bit of salt and let cook until soft and fragrant.
Add the carrots and the celery and cook for additional 5-7 minutes on medium heat.
Add the ground turkey meat to the mix and season with salt, pepper, rosemary, and salt. Cook until browned, making sure to break any big lumps it might form.
Add the tomato puree and the Worcestershire sauce to the pan and mix well. Let cook for 10-15 minutes. Taste and if too acidic add a tablespoon of sugar.
Prep the mashed potatoes:
In a big bowl add the drained boiled potatoes.
Add the butter, salt, pepper, and shredded mozzarella.
Mash everything together with the help of a potato masher.
Fill the baking dish with a layer of cooked meat and veggies, and spread evenly.
Cover with a layer of cheesy mashed potatoes.
Make lines with a fork (for decoration and crispiness)
Bake in the oven for 12 minutes until the mashed potato top is golden.
This recipe can be done with the ground meat of choice, chicken, turkey, beef or pork, or even lamb (with very delicious results!)
Adding a bit of sugar to the tomato will balance out the acidity. If you don’t have Worcestershire sauce, don’t worry just skip it, but if you can, add it since it will amp up the flavor. Another option is to add ½ cup of brandy or cognac and let boil.
Leftovers can be kept in the fridge in sealed containers for up to a week.