Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

When the weather turns cooler and we start to pull out our sweaters, like clockwork I always crave comfort food. One of my favorite comfort foods is a homemade shepherd’s pie. I remember when I was younger my mom making shepherd’s pie quite often. It was always quick, easy, delicious and included ingredients that we always had on hand. With this recipe, ground turkey is used as an alternative to beef, creating a lightened version of the classic British dish. Topped with crispy shredded hash browns and cheddar cheese, this dish is sure to be a hit with your hungry family. This recipe also freezes beautifully. After assembling, do not bake, instead, seal, and freeze. When you are ready to bake, thaw in the refrigerator then bake as indicated. So perfect for a busy week night dinner! :)

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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

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  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey (no more than 93% lean)
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz), drained
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups frozen shredded hash browns
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
  2. In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of oil until simmering. Add the turkey and brown, 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl to drain.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in the same pan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots and sweat, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in flour and tomato paste and cook 1 minute.
  4. Stir in diced tomatoes, chicken broth, wine, Worcestershire and Dijon; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in peas, browned turkey, salt and pepper. Transfer to prepared baking dish and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Mound the hash browns on top of the filling, pressing lightly to keep it in place. Drizzle butter over hash browns. Bake 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Return to oven and continue to bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

Yields: 8 servings

Source: Cuisine at Home, October 2011

17 Responses to “Turkey Shepherd’s Pie”

  1. #
    sportsglutton — September 19, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    I know the feeling…cold weather hits and it’s time to break out the pies, stews, and chilis. Looks like a great meal. :-)

  2. #
    chicaandaluza — September 19, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Love shepherd´s pie and I like the hash brown topping!

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — September 19, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    This looks great and I think it would also be a good way to use leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. A sort of shepherd’s pie, pot pie hybrid. Yum. Not that you need to change a thing, this is a great recipe.

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    Fran@fransfavs.com — September 19, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    Oh, this is going on my must try list. Now that my son has moved into his own apartment, I am looking for recipes that freeze well so that I can send him back to his apartment with a dish he can bake or microwave on his own after work. That way I am assured he’ll be eating a home-cooked meal at least once or twice a week. Now that I’m an empty nester (between college breaks), I am still cooking in large quantities but freezing a lot more. Thanks for posting the great-looking recipe–keep ’em coming!

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    kaliesthoughts — September 19, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    yummy! great quick meal!

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    Mandy@Withmilkandflour — September 19, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    I agree, Shepherds Pie is the ultimate cold weather comfort food. I like it with several slices of butter toast which is abit random but really good!

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    ChgoJohn — September 19, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    This looks really good. Adding the cheddar cheese to the top is a great idea.

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    Caroline — September 19, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    This is so weird…I was literally just asking my mom for her shepherd’s pie recipe so I can make it. For some reason I’ve really been craving it recently! Love the idea of using ground turkey instead of beef though. Makes the dish much lighter, since it’s so dang heavy.

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    Stefanie — September 19, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    I’ve never had shepherd’s pie, but I really must cuz this looks great! I love the potato topping, and hash browns sounds like a great alternative to mashed potatoes on top :)

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    Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious — September 20, 2011 @ 2:30 am

    I just made a beef shepherd’s pie and I would love to try this healthier turkey version! Plus I love the hash browns over the mashed potatoes. It gives it a nice twist!

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    The Teenage Taste — September 20, 2011 @ 6:11 am

    Ooooh…shepard’s pie! Love that dish! :-)

  12. #
    geet — September 20, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    This is for dinner tonight ! Thanks for the posting.

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    The Farmers Wife — September 20, 2011 @ 11:58 am

    Oh yum… That looks so delicious! I’ve been thinking about making shepherds pie for awhile and yours looks so fantastic!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 21, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    I like that you used hashbrowns instead of mashed potatoes! Great twist on a traditional dish!

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    Carroll — November 3, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    I see this in my future, maybe switch out the ground turkey for whole turkey on Black Friday :) Leftovers! Woot!

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