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Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey

Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey

A comforting, filling version of Shepherd's Pie made with ground turkey, red wine, carrots, potatoes, and cheese. Takes about an hour.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, dinner, oven, poultry, stovetop, turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings


Mashed Potatoes

  • 3 large potatoes peeled and cubed (about 2-3 lbs)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded, divided

Turkey Mixture

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (or more to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

Mashed Potatoes

  1. In a large pot, cover potatoes with water and add a tablespoon of salt.

  2. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until completely tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and return to pot.

  3. Use a potato masher to mash potatoes. Leave them slightly chunky for some nice texture.

  4. Add butter, milk, and sour cream. Mix together, then season with salt and pepper to taste and fold in about 1 cup of cheese. Set aside.

Turkey Mixture

  1. Heat olive oil in a large cast iron (or ovenproof) skillet over medium heat. Add onion and carrots, and cook about 5 minutes until softened.

  2. Add the garlic, thyme, sage, and peas and cook for another 2 minutes.

  3. Deglaze with wine and cook 2 minutes more. Move vegetables to the sides of the pan and add ground turkey.

  4. Add Worcestershire sauce and cook turkey until it's no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.

  5. Sprinkle meat with flour and chicken bouillon, and stir to combine.

  6. Cook a couple minutes more and add broth. Bring to a low simmer for about 5 minutes and let mixture thicken slightly. Remove pan from heat.

  7. Top turkey mixture with the prepared mashed potatoes and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

  8. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the mashed potatoes are turning golden.

  9. Broil for two minutes until the tops of the potatoes start to char.

  10. Serve hot with hot sauce, ketchup, or whatever else you desire. Enjoy!

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