Shepherd’s pie is our all time ultimate favourite thing to eat. More than mac and cheese, more than grilled cheese and even more than french fries, I would choose shepherd’s pie as my meal of choice. There is something about the combination of ground meat and mashed potatoes that taste so, so good. Even now, a bowl of shepherd’s pie tastes like home, happiness and comfort.
Shepherd’s pie is such a homey dish that it doesn’t even need a recipe, but we have given you a turkey dinner inspired one anyway. If you wanted to go all out, We think a shepherd’s pie layered with turkey, then cranberry sauce, stuffing and then mashed potatoes would be fantastic. We kept it simple here, though, because sometimes, simplicity is what brings out the best this dish.
- 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 3 tablespoons butter, or more to taste
- 1 cup milk or chicken stock, or more to taste
- salt and pepper
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1 can of corn
- 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
2. Put the peeled and chopped potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil over high heat then turn down to a simmer. Boil the potatoes until fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes.
3. While the potatoes are cooking, heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large frying or sauté pan. When the oil is hot, add the diced onions and brown slightly, 2 minutes or so. Add the carrots and cook until slightly tender, 2-3 minutes. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking up the turkey into pieces. When cooked, add the frozen peas and corn. Mix well, taste and season with salt and pepper. Move to an oven-proof casserole dish.
4. By now your potatoes should be tender. Drain and mash with 3 tablespoons of butter. Stir in the milk or chicken stock, taste and season with salt and pepper, adding more butter and liquid if needed.
5. Top the meat mixture with the mashed potatoes and sprinkle with the shredded cheese. Bake until golden and delicious, about 30 minutes. You may want to broil the pie for the last 5 minutes if you really like a crispy, cheesy potato crust. Enjoy hot!