Happy St. Patty’s day lads!

I have been wanting to try Shepherd’s pie for some time now. I am so glad I finally made it! What I wasn’t aware of was what the typical “Shepherd’s pie” really is and why. It is known that Shepherd’s pie is from a time when money was low (like what we are going through with everything shutting down and jobs stopping) and housewives tried to use their leftovers. Lamb is used, which is why it is called Shepherd’s pie, since shepherds tend sheep. White potatoes are cheaper and used on the top and bottom or just the top. The pie is filled with a stew of similar items like: corn, peas, celery, and meat.

Then there is a cottage pie, which is made with beef. But with the similar concept with potatoes on the top and bottom or just on top. The meat is the only difference.

I changed it up a bit. I used ground turkey for the meat, frozen mixed veggies, and sweet potatoes. Many people add a stout or wine to their recipe, which I decided not to use.

Grocery stores are emptied with the coronavirus, so I know your house is filed with many items (other than toilet paper). A lot of these ingredients are right in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. And you are stuck at home, so no better time to try a new recipe!

SHEPHERD’S PIE

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 cooking onion, chopped

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey

  • 2 tsp dried parsley

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 1 tsp dried rosemary

  • S&P

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tbsp flour

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 cups mixed veggies, frozen

    • corn, peas, carrots, string beans, lima beans

  • 1 cup low sodium broth

    • I used chicken broth

  • 2 lbs sweet potato, peeled and cubed

  • 1 tbsp grass fed butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a medium pot, filled with salt water, boil potatoes until soft- about 20 minutes.
  3. While potatoes are cooking, heat a large skillet or cast iron skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil on medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add meat and spices until browned. Add garlic. Mix together.
  5. Add flour and tomato pasta, mix into meat mixture until it is throughout the mixture.
  6. Mix in frozen veggies and broth until boiling, let simmer on low.
  7. Once potatoes are soft, drain water, add butter, 1 tbsp olive oil, and S&P. Blend together.
  8. Spread mashed sweet potatoes over meat mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until potatoes are lightly browned.