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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

This Turkey Shepherd’s Pie warms you up but doesn’t weigh you down, and is the perfect comfort food recipe for a busy weeknight or a casual get together with friends.

I make this easy turkey shepherd’s pie any time I’m craving something cozy and hearty, but not too heavy. (or, when I’m in need of a recipe for leftover turkey)

Ground turkey takes the place of beef or lamb in the filling and creamy Boursin cheese is mixed with the potato and cauliflower topping, making this healthy shepherd’s pie next-level.

A lighter version of a classic, this is one shepherd’s pie recipe to keep on hand for years to come! 

Servings

6

Ready In:

25 Min

Good For:

Lunch, Dinner

Turkey Shepherd’s Pie – Ingredients

  • 1/2 of 16 oz Bag Trader Joe’s Frozen Mashed Cauliflower
  • 1/2 of 28 oz Bag Trader Joe’s Frozen Mashed Potatoes (or about 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes)
  • 1 5.2 oz Package Boursin Spreadable Garlic & Herb Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey (or leftover turkey, chopped)
  • 2 cups Carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Leek, finely chopped 
  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Frozen Organic Sweet Peas
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour 
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves (Plus more for garnish)
  • 1 1/2 cups Trader Joe’s Organic Chicken Stock

Cook’s Note:

This turkey shepherd’s pie recipe makes the perfect Thanksgiving leftovers recipe! It is the ideal healthy recipe for leftover turkey and mashed potatoes. Follow the instructions just as you would otherwise, but reduce the “cooking” time for the leftover turkey as it is already cooked.

For a Gluten-Free version of this Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, simply sub in Corn Starch for the flour!

If you’ve never worked with leeks before, here is a useful slideshow: – https://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/photos/how-to-clean-leeks

 

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Microwave the cauliflower and potatoes according to package directions (I typically combine in one bowl and heat together, but do not do this if using leftover mashed potatoes) until warmed throughout. Add cheese and stir until combined. Set aside.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add turkey and cook, breaking up large pieces with a spoon, until turkey begins to brown, about 5-7 minutes (if using leftover turkey reduce time). Add carrots, leeks, and peas; stir to combine. Add the salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of thyme and cook, stirring often, until vegetables soften, about 8 minutes. Add flour and stir to combine; increase heat to high and add the chicken stock. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3

Spoon potato mixture over the turkey and vegetables in the skillet, smoothing the top with the back of the spoon. Sprinkle with additional pepper if desired.

Step 4

With the oven rack in the upper middle position, turn on the broiler. Broil until topping is golden brown in spots, about 5-8 minutes. Sprinkle with additional thyme leaves and serve immediately.

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Turkey Shepherd's Pie

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Using cauliflower for the topping in place of half of the traditional mashed potatoes reduces carbs and boosts the fiber content in this easy Shepherd's Pie recipe. I also swap out the ground beef or lamb with turkey creating a high protein, healthy dinner recipe that you can cozy up to anytime.
Prep Time 17 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course, Weeknight
Servings 6
Calories 384 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 16 oz Bag Trader Joe's Frozen Mashed Cauliflower
  • 1/2 28 oz Bag Trader Joe's Frozen Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 5.2 oz Package Boursin Spreadable Garlic & Herb Cheese ()
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Ground Turkey (I use Organic, 93% fat free)
  • 2 cups Carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Leeks, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Trader Joe's Frozen Organic Sweet Peas
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour (For a Gluten-Free version, simply sub in Corn Starch for the flour)
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves (Plus more for garnish)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Trader Joe's Organic Chicken Stock

Instructions
 

  • Microwave the cauliflower and potatoes according to package directions (I combine in one bowl and heat together) until warmed throughout. Add cheese and stir until combined. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add turkey and cook, breaking up large pieces with a spoon, until turkey begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add carrots, leeks, and peas; stir to combine. Add the salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon of thyme and cook, stirring often, until vegetables soften, about 8 minutes. Add flour and stir to combine; increase heat to high and add the chicken stock. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spoon potato mixture over the turkey and vegetables in the skillet, smoothing the top with the back of the spoon. Sprinkle with additional pepper if desired.
  • With the oven rack in the upper middle position, turn on the broiler. Broil until topping is golden brown in spots, about 5-8 minutes. Sprinkle with additional thyme leaves and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Here's a helpful slideshow if you've never worked with leeks - https://www.foodnetwork.com/how-to/photos/how-to-clean-leeks
Keyword Comfort, Cozy, Delicious, Easy, Fast, Healthy, Quick, Turkey, Weeknight

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