Recipe by Amanda Fetters
"Ground turkey stands in for ground beef or the more traditional lamb in this simple version of shepherd's pie. Frozen vegetables make assembly simple; you can even use instant mashed potatoes instead of making your own to cut down on preparation time."
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1 1/2 pounds
russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2-inch thick slices
butter, cut into pieces
salt and pepper, to taste
2 (1 ounce) packages
instant chicken gravy mix
1 (16 ounce) package
frozen peas and carrots, thawed
shredded cheese of choice
I made this for dinner the other night to rave reviews. I made the following changes:
-used one jar of prepared turkey gravy and omitted the water and gravy mix
-used instant mashed potatoes (6 servings)prepared according to the box instructions
-doubled the onion called for.
-used mixed vegetable (corn, carrots, lima beans, peas)
-added a spoonful of worschestshire
-added rosemary and garlic
-topped with one cup mild cheddar and broiled it until the chees was bubbly.
We fought over the leftovers.
With the only seasonings being salt and pepper, I imagined this would be a very dull dish. I made lots of adjustments, adding garlic, white pepper, and worchestershire sauce to the turkey to spice it up.
It was great, I think this is a good template recipe that is easily adjusted to your palette, but isnt much on its own.
I did add my own veggies, instead of frozen, my own herbs and made the fresh mashed. This one is worth a try.
I was skeptical of this recipe to be honest, but I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I didn't measure anything, but did for sure cut back on butter. Made it (a little) healthier also by using less cheese, nf milk and extra lean ground turkey. Used fresh steamed peas/carrots. Added garlic, oregano, red and black pepper, and a good amount of Worcestershire sauce. I'm not a meat and potatoes kind of girl, but I loved this and the darling boyfriend was a huge fan. I will definitely make this again!!
This was so good, the kiddos, who have never had shepherd's pie and were a little skeptical, went back for seconds! I only had one necessary change: I've never bought a gravy mix, so I scraped all the turkey and onion to one side of the pan, made a roux of butter and flour, added a spoonful of chicken "Better Than Bouillon", and finished the gravy with milk, boiling to a nice consistency before adding the turkey back in. The results were very tasty! I can't say if I'd like it as much with a packaged gravy mix... prepackaged sauces just don't taste good to me. But this was a definite comfort food keeper recipe! Thanks, Amanda!
Easy to substitute with. I used frozen corn and some green pepper for the veggies. Also, I didn't have gravy mix...so I used a mix of BBQ sauce, whirschire sauce, and chiptole spice blend to mix into the meat mixture. The longer it sits the better. Great make ahead meal and reheat the next day.
Finally a Shepherd Pie I like! I used ground beef because that's what I had thawed. Since some reviewers felt it lacked flavor, I added a generous amount of garlic salt and Italian seasoning. I only had a brown gravy packet, so I used that and just one rather than two. I would think 2 packets of gravy would be a bit much. I also used mixed veggies rather than just carrots and peas. The result was yummy and enjoyed by all!
Very good. I've made it twice now, and the only thing I did differently the second time was use less milk because the potatoes were a bit on the runny side the first time.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
The Humble Shepherd
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 566
** Calories from Fat: 310
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