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Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

This is comfort food at its best. I served this with steamed broccoli, but a simple greens salad would go perfectly with this. You can also make this ahead of time and refrigerate it. To heat, place a piece of foil on top and place in the preheated oven until heated through (I'm guessing it would take about 35-40 minutes); remove the foil and continue baking another 5-10 minutes.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 5 -6

Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 leek white parts only, washed well and thinly sliced
  • 5 medium potatoes peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 5 roasted garlic cloves mashed (optional)

Shepherd's Pie Filling

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots peeled, minced
  • 2 celery stalks trimmed, minced
  • 1 leek trimmed and sliced, or 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup shredded low-fat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Romano cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mashed Potatoes

  1. Heat olive oil in a saute pan and add leek; saute until lightly browned and caramelized.
  2. Place potatoes in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil; cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain well and place potatoes in a large mixing bowl. Add yogurt and milk; beat until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in mashed roasted garlic cloves (if using) and sauteed leeks.

Shepherd's Pie

  1. Heat oil in a large saute pan on medium heat. Add carrots, celery, leek and garlic, thyme and rosemary and saute until vegetables soften, about 5-6 minutes. Add turkey and use the back of a large spoon to break into pieces; cook until browned. Add red wine and cook until wine reduces and just evaporates. Add tomato sauce and frozen peas, and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large casserole dish. Spread mashed potatoes on top of meat filling. Sprinkle shredded cheese and Romano cheese on top.
  2. Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted.