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Recipe for Turkey Sheppard’s Pie

Making one dish meals like Sheppard’s Pie is quick, easy and economical.  I make this one with turkey instead of the usual beef because I like to save my “beef days” for a big, juicy steak!  So in this recipe you can still get your meat and potato fix, just with lower calorie, lower fat turkey.  And in my mind, mashed potatoes are pretty close to the perfect food so what’s not to like?  Oh, and don’t forget you get your veggie requirement is in this, too.

Recipe (serves 4):

  •  3 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed
  •  Sea salt
  •  tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  •  1 1/2 pound ground turkey breast (white or dark meat)
  •  1 tablespoon paprika
  •  1 tablespoon cumin
  •  Freshly ground black pepper
  •  2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  •  1 medium onion, chopped
  •  2 carrots, peeled and diced
  •  3 ribs celery, chopped
  •  ½ red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  •  1 cup frozen peas
  •  2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  •  1 cup chicken broth
  •  1 cup sour cream, divided
  •  3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ tablespoon fresh chives, chopped

Directions:

  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, add salt, and cook the potatoes until tender, about  15 minutes.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add olive oil.
  3. Season the turkey with paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, and thyme.
  4. When turkey is cooked through, add the onions, carrots, and celery.   Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook 5 minutes, then add the red pepper and peas.  Cook 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in flour and cook for 2 more minutes.
  7. Stir in broth.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of sour cream.  Simmer over low heat while you prepare the potatoes.
  9. Drain potatoes and return to the warm pot.   
  10. Add remaining 1/2 cup sour cream, butter, half of the chives, and salt and pepper.
  11. Mash the potatoes.  If the potatoes are too thick, add a bit of milk.
  12. Pour turkey mixture into a pie plate or medium casserole dish.  
  13. Top turkey with an even layer of potatoes.
  14. Garnish potatoes with the remaining chives.

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