Easy Shepherd's Pie

Aloha friends!

Lately I have had a random craving for Shepherd's pie. I say random because I never grew up eating Shepherd's pie. If I think about it, I don't know if my mom has ever even made this dish. Regardless, I needed to satisfy this craving and I figured this would be cozy meal to make now that the days are getting colder -- who doesn't love comfort foods this time of year!? 

Looking online, I noticed there are so many variations of how to make this recipe. You can make it as healthy or unhealthy as you want (e.g., use ground beef or turkey, white or sweet potatoes, etc). The fact that there are so many recipe variations makes this dish a great option because you can tailor the recipe to suit your own needs. I originally planned to make this recipe as healthy as possible, but then I changed my mind quite quickly -- I can be my own worst influence at times! Maybe next time. Anyways, check out how I made first ever Shepherd's pie below:

EASY SHEPHERD'S PIE

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 10 mushrooms (white or cremini)
  • 1.5 cups frozen mixed vegetables 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1b white potatoes
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1/2 cup shredded marble cheese
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Boil potatoes until soft. While the potatoes are boiling, cook the onions in a pan until soft and then add in the heavy cream and boil the mixture for a few more minutes. While mashing the potatoes, add the onion/cream mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. On the stove top, cook the ground turkey and mushrooms. Once the turkey is cooked, add in the water and frozen veggies and cook for another ~2-3 minutes.
  3. In a baking dish, pour in the turkey and veggies and spoon the mashed potatoes on top. Sprinkle the shredded cheese and season with smoked paprika. 
  4. Put the baking dish in the oven and broil for ~5 minutes, until the potatoes start to turn golden brown.

Note: If you don't like using the frozen mixed veggies, you can also saute whatever veggies you would like in a pan with the ground turkey and use that as your base instead. I planned on doing that originally, but since I was short on time it was really quick to skip the chopping part and throw in the frozen veggies.

I quite enjoyed my first attempt! I also got a few meals out of this batch, which was great to take to work for lunch during the week. Perhaps next time I will try a different variation. I would love to hear how you make your Shepherd's pie, so please share on the comments below :)

xoxo Michelle

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