Turkey Shepherd’s Pie (with Leftover Potatoes)

dsc_1544-001RECIPE #344, DAY #524

FOUR STARS

ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Recipe” at Food Network online*

TIMING: 40 minutes

DIFFICULTY: Pretty easy

TOOLS: A skillet and a tall, narrow casserole dish (tall and narrow for casserole dishes, anyways)

COOK TYPE: Stovetop and oven, possible broiler

HEALTH: Nothing wrong here. Lots of vegetables and lean protein. You might want to add a raw salad, but you’ll be okay just to curl up with this and have a low-key supper.

dsc_1543-001EXPERIENCE: Was still looking for ways to use up the leftover Thanksgiving things. I knew the mashed potatoes were at home in the fridge, and I was at the store. So I grabbed some ground turkey, cheddar, and peas, and went home to look up a good Shepherd’s Pie recipe.

This one did it just fine. Better than fine.

NOTES: My cold, leftover potatoes were too firm to work with easily, so I stirred in just enough milk to make them more spreadable.

You may also have to switch to the broiler before serving, if your casserole is ready but not browned.

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  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon safflower oil. Add 1 diced onion and 1 diced carrot and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cloves pressed garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  3. Add 12-16 ounces ground turkey and 1/2 teaspoon thyme and brown meat, breaking up. Work in 1 tablespoon all purpose flour, then whisk in 1 cup chicken or turkey broth and 2 tablespoons ketchup until sauce thickens. Add 1/2 cup frozen peas and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Taste for seasoning.
  4. Dump meat mixture into a narrow, tall casserole dish. Spread with about 4 cups leftover mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup sharp cheddar.
  5. Bake for 15-plus minutes, until casserole is hot all the way through, potatoes are browned, and bubbling around the edges. Serve sprinkled with minced chives.

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Serve as is, or, if wanted, a green salad with a nut vinaigrette and a cup of cider or beer.

*Recipe changed from the original.

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