Turkey Mince Shepherd's Pie

    1 hour 40 minutes

    This is a turkey variant on the traditional shepherd's pie. Loaded with a few extra vegetables, this goes well with a side of bread.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 4 potatoes, cut into chunks
    • 1/2 head cauliflower, separated into florets
    • 2 cups chicken stock
    • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 3 carrots, grated
    • 700g turkey mince
    • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
    • 2 tablespoons low-sodium Worcestershire sauce

    Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:1hour10min  ›  Ready in:1hour40min 

    1. Place the potatoes and cauliflower into a pot, then pour in the chicken stock. Add water to nearly cover the vegetables; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until the potatoes and cauliflower are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and cauliflower, but keep about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
    2. Separate the cooked potatoes into a large bowl. Transfer the cauliflower into a blender or food processor along with about 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid, and pulse until the cauliflower is thoroughly pureed. Spoon the blended cauliflower into the bowl with the potatoes, and mash together until the cauliflower and potatoes form a smooth, white mixture. Season the mixture with salt and black pepper. For a softer topping, stir in a few more spoonfuls of the cooking liquid.
    3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Spray a 20x30cm baking dish with cooking spray.
    4. Heat the olive oil in a large frypan over medium heat and cook the onion and carrots until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes; stir in the turkey mince, and cook until the meat is no longer pink, breaking it up into small chunks as it cooks. Stir in peas and Worcestershire sauce, then cook until the meat has begun to brown, about 10 more minutes. If the filling mixture starts to look dried out, stir in a few spoonfuls of the cauliflower cooking liquid to keep it moist.
    5. Place the filling into the prepared baking dish, then smooth it out into an even layer. Top the filling with the mashed potato and cauliflower mixture and spread with a fork, leaving little peaks and swirls in the topping.
    6. Bake the pie in the preheated oven until the filling is bubbling, about 25 minutes. Turn on the grill and grill the pie about 15cm from the heat source until the mashed topping has browned, about 10 more minutes.

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    Good basic recipe, however I have added cheese on top of the potatoes and then put it into the oven. I have also put an egg wash on top of the potatoes and baked in the oven - this way there is no need to place under the broiler.  -  27 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I've been making our shepherd's pie like this since I found Ellie Kreiger's recipe last year. I add more onion and some chopped celery & bell pepper, and sometimes even some sliced mushrooms, to the turkey saute, along with garlic powder, poultry seasoning and some cajun seasoning as ground turkey can be very bland. I too add a little grated cheese to the top. This makes for a delcious and healthy version, plus you can sneak all kinds of veggies into the meal!  -  05 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Other reviewers suggestions made this recipe extra good. Added the mushrooms, celery, extra onion, and minced garlic. Put shredded cheese over the top and cooked for the last 10 minutes. Will absolutely make again!  -  22 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)