Turkey Shepherds Pie
- 3 Pounds Ground Turkey
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Onion Chopped
- 6-8 Small Potatoes
- 3 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Tbsp Ground Sage
- 1 Can Corn
- 1 Can Peas
- 2 Cans Green Beans
- Season salt optional
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Add Olive Oil, chopped onion and ground turkey to pan on medium heat. Add Sage, salt and pepper while browning
- Transfer turkey and onion mix to 9 x 13 oven safe dish
- Boil potatoes until soft then mash with butter, salt and pepper
- Add drained corn, then peas, then green beans layered on top of the turkey/onion mix
- Top with buttered mashed potatoes and sprinkle with season salt (optional)
- Bake in oven at 350 for 45 minutes or refrigerate for later cooking
In our house, Shepherds pie is celebrated. Revered, even. Everyone wants a second ‘slice of the pie’ and nobody goes to bed anything less than stuffed to the gills. Making it with Turkey just makes it that much healthier! I do make this same pie with ground beef sometimes, but I alter the spices when I do.
We start out with the turkey, olive oil and onions, get those nice and browned up!
Sage. It is my SAGE advice that you put this is every turkey dish you ever make. It really goes perfectly with turkey. Like nothing else, trust me on this one! If you use beef you can easily get by with just salt and pepper but with turkey, sage gives it a whole new dimension.
Lots of potatoes. I suppose this is subjective, how many you want, if you want the skins on or off (I keep the skins on almost always, my personal preference) and how smooshed you want them. Some people (me) like some chunks in there but I know many people like them super creamy smooth. There’s no right way to do this, choose your poison! Just get those babies boiling while we set up the rest of the pie.
When the turkey and onions are browned and cooked through, I transfer to a baking dish then comes the seriously easy part of this whole thing
But first another look, doesn’t that look tasty?
Oh canned vegetables, what would we do without you? You can vary this too, but I like 2 cans of green beans, one of sweet peas and one of sweet corn. Sweet!
I start with the corn, probably because I’m playing favorites. Maybe also because I like it all mixed in with the meat. Yum!
Then the peas
Evenly spread out on the whole pie, as evenly as you can anyhow
Then beans and beans and more beans
When the potatoes are done, get them nice and smooshed up, again, to whichever consistency with or without skins that you want!
Get ready to start scooping out the potatoes, I use a big serving spoon and just try to get even glops across the pie. Then smooth it all across so it’s pretty even
I also like to coat the top with seasoned salt, both because it looks pretty and because it makes it even more tasty
You can see after it bakes the whole time is nice and brown and crispy