Sunday, April 11, 2010
shepherd's pie with ground turkey
this dish is one of those that may not look very pretty but it sure does get the job done in the taste department.
i can not tell you when the last time i bought ground meat was.
i have nothing against it....i have just been purchasing ground turkey as a substitute for years.
i use it in any recipe that calls for ground meat.
since we are heading in to warmer months...this may be the last time we have this for dinner in our home for a while.
its time to fire up that grill!
Shepherd's Pie with Ground Turkey
yields :: 6 servings
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1/4 cup half & half
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups frozen carrots, corn & peas
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel and quarter potatoes. In a large stock pot, pour in the stock, half and half, potatoes and about a 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium and cover. Continue cooking for about 25-30 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.
While potatoes are cooking, heat a large skillet on the stove top on medium heat.
Place ground turkey in skillet and brown.
Add onions and garlic about half way through.
Once turkey is completely browned, drain off any fat.
Add carrots, corn and peas.
Return to skillet to stove on low heat and cook for about 3-5 minutes longer stirring often.
Place ground turkey mixture in the bottom of a 9x13 inch Pyrex pan.
Once potatoes are finished cooking do NOT drain off any liquid.
Mash the potatoes and remaining liquid together in the pot or transfer to bowl of stand mixer to whip.
Add butter and mash or whip the potatoes until smooth and fluffy.
Add more half & half if necessary to reach desired texture.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Add mashed potatoes to top of ground turkey mixture.
Spread to completely cover the turkey mixture. Make some peaks with a fork or spatula.
Place on middle rack in oven and cook for about 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
You may need to broil the top for about 5 minutes to get it really golden brown.