It’s still winter here. I’d love to say Spring is on its way, but the snow outside my window says otherwise. What’s my comfort food of choice on a cold, winter day like this? Shephered’s pie. Not just any shepherd’s pie… I’m talking mini turkey shepherd’s pie. Seriously, this recipe is just as mouthwatering as it sounds!
If you aren’t familiar with shepherd’s pie, you need to add it to your dinner menu ASAP. It’s traditionally a minced meat and veggie pie topped with mashed potatoes, and it’s incredibly delicious. I mixed up my recipe a bit to accommodate a family member that doesn’t eat red meat, so I used ground turkey instead. The result: something that resembles an incredibly fragrant and savory turkey stuffing topped with creamy mashed potatoes. Yum.
These mini turkey shepherd’s pies make a fantastic dinner for the whole family! Even for kids! It’s a great way to use the whole potato, too.
My veggies of choice for this recipe: carrots, celery, mushrooms, and leek.
If you’ve never cooked with leeks before, I highly recommend it! They have a nice mild onion taste, and pair really well with turkey. You do need to clean them before cooking with them, since sand and dirt gets trapped between the layers. Here’s how to do it:
- Cut off the dark green tops and discard them, or save them for making stock! You will be left with the white and light green part.
- Cut off the root end, then slice the leek in half lengthwise.
- Dice the leek and place in a bowl of cool water. Swish around so that the sand and dirt sinks to the bottom.
- Strain the pieces and remove excess water.
That’s it! I like to dice most of my veggies so that they are all the same size. I also like a smaller dice so I can stuff even more into the potatoes.
Now when it comes to the potatoes, I prefer to bake them after rubbing them with a little olive oil. This helps crisp up the skin so its a little firmer when you try to stuff them! However, you can always opt for the faster version and microwave them instead.
This recipe is also a good one for prepping the ingredients in advance to cut down on time. You can always dice the veggies, and even cook and scoop out the potatoes ahead of time! Then just cook the meat filling when ready and top with your mashed potatoes before baking.
Here are some other comfort food recipes for you to try:
- Instant Pot Orange Chicken
- Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili
- The Best Beef Brisket Recipe
- Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Spinach Gnocchi
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