Shepherd’s Pie

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The picture isn’t mine but the Shepherd’s Pie I made looked very similar. I’ve been experiencing technical difficulties uploading my own photos to my blog so this will do for now.  Shepherd’s Pie is practically an English meat casserole consisting of a ground beef layer topped with a mashed potato layer. Some of you may know it as Cottage Pie which only was discovered in 1877.  Shepherd’s Pie is traditionally made with minced lamb or mutton .  This dish is one of America’s most favorite. Putting naming conventions aside, the American version of Shepherd’s Pie is essentially a casserole, lined with cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked. For my version, I used ground turkey. If ground bison meat is available at your local supermarket, you can opt for that as well. If you decide to take the vegetarian route, you can use ground soy meat ( I tried it once and it wasn’t nearly as good nor tasty and the meat version but don’t take my word for it). For a smokey flavor, you can use BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce.The recipe may be basic but the taste is gourmet and the quantity is plentiful. For this recipe, you will need:

  1. 2 lbs of ground turkey or ground bison
  2. 1 onion chopped
  3. 1-2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas
  4.  1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  5. 1 can of tomato sauce
  6.  4 -5 large potatoes
  7. 3 tablespoons of polyunsaturated margarine
  8. 1/2 cup of soy milk
  9. 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  10. 1 teaspoon of  onion powder
  11. 1 teaspoon of dried parsely
  12.  Salt and pepper for seasoning


Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes). While the potatoes are cooking, grease a large skillet with cooking spray and sauté onions over medium heat for 10 minutes. If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked. Add ground turkey and saute till cooked through. Add the Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce. Pour in some water to prevent the turkey from drying up. Cook over low heat for another 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if necessary. When potatoes are cooked, mash them using a masher. Add margarine and soy milk. Mash and stir till creamy. Season potato mixture with garlic powder,onion powder,parsley, salt, and pepper and combine. Place the turkey layer in a baking dish.  Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes).

Yields 8 servings


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