Turkey and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Did you all grow up eating shepherd’s pie?? My family TOTALLY did – I loved it. Hearty beef, loaded with potatoes. I always doused it with ketchup… 🙂 it was SO GOOD!

Lately I have been dreaming about my mom’s shepherd’s pie… But since she is all the way back home in Massachusetts I guess I’m on my own!

After making, and loving, my new recipe for Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese, I was totally inspired to try making healthy versions of other comfort food recipes – so I figured why not Shepherd’s Pie?

Comfort food does not have to mean bad food! Check out this healthy-spin on the traditional Shepherd's Pie - made with ground turkey and sweet potato. | NOMaste Kitchen

This Shepherd’s Pie is healthier than standard Shepherd’s Pie in two ways:

  • First, this pie uses ground TURKEY instead of beef.
  • Second, this pie uses SWEET potato instead of traditional white potato

YUM! I know, right?

Comfort food does not have to mean bad food! Check out this healthy-spin on the traditional Shepherd's Pie - made with ground turkey and sweet potato. | NOMaste Kitchen

Personally, I LOVE ground turkey and sweet potato together – I think they are such a great combo! Sweet potato is so rich and decadent, which ground turkey is light flavorful. If you are at all concerned that this turkey/sweet potato combo may be too different from your traditional Shepherd’s Pie, feel free to only swap one the first time around! You can absolutely use this recipe to make a Shepherd’s Pie with turkey and white potato or beef and sweet potato!  In fact, I am sure either variation would also be delish.

Having said that, you SHOULDN’T be nervous because this Turkey and Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie is damn good, if I do say so myself!

Comfort food does not have to mean bad food! Check out this healthy-spin on the traditional Shepherd's Pie - made with ground turkey and sweet potato. | NOMaste Kitchen

The ground turkey base is loaded with mixed veggies then seasoned with garlic, shallots, and fresh rosemary. A few tablespoons of ketchup or tomato paste combine with flour to make a delicious and thick gravy.

Then there are the mashed sweet potatoes… Did I mention I love sweet potatoes? Especially mashed. But if I am being honest, I have always had trouble making them creamy and delicious enough without butter or cream – that is until I experimented with THIS recipe!

Comfort food does not have to mean bad food! Check out this healthy-spin on the traditional Shepherd's Pie - made with ground turkey and sweet potato. | NOMaste Kitchen

Amazingly – using broth (vegetable or chicken works) to boil the sweet potatoes instead of water made a HUGE difference in taste and texture of the final mashed sweet potato. I honestly have no idea why I had never done this before – it is such an easy way to amp up flavor in any veggie! But seriously, it was incredible! I can’t wait to try this hack with traditional mashed potatoes as well.

Comfort food does not have to mean bad food! Check out this healthy-spin on the traditional Shepherd's Pie - made with ground turkey and sweet potato. | NOMaste Kitchen

Try it, try it, try it!! If you like sweet potato and ground turkey, I promise you are going to love it! Although this Shepherd’s Pie may not be the prettiest dish that I have ever made, it sure does hit the spot! And the best part, it still tastes good with ketchup 🙂 (that is, if you are a crazy person like me who puts ketchup and everything!).

Turkey and Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Comfort food does not have to mean bad food! Check out this healthy-spin on the traditional Shepherd's Pie - made with ground turkey and sweet potato.

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Comfort, Mom's Cooking
Keyword: Comfort Food, Healthy, Shepherd's Pie, Sweet Potato, Turkey
Servings: 6 people
Author: NOMaste Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 32 ounces vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 large sweet potatoes chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots diced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter or ghee separated
  • 1-2 cups frozen mixed vegetables I like dice carrots, corn and peas
  • 3 tbsp flour almond or all-purpose
  • 3 tbsp ketchup or 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.

  2. Place chopped sweet potatoes into a large pot, cover in at least 1-inch of broth. Set pot on stove over high heat until boiling. Cook until sweet potatoes can be pierced with a fork (12-14 minutes). Reserve 1 cup of broth before straining in colander.

  3. In same pot, melt 3 tbsp butter. Add sweet potatoes and 1/3 cup milk to pot and mash until desired consistency is reached. Salt and pepper to taste.

  4. In a large pan, heat olive oil until shimmering. Add shallots, garlic, and rosemary - cook for 2-3 minutes, then add turkey, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper.

  5. Cook until browned. 

  6. Add 1 tbsp butter, frozen vegetables and sprinkle with flour. Stir through to combine.

  7. Add tomato paste, wine, and 3/4 cup broth. Reduce heat and simmer until gravy has thickened. Season to taste.

  8. Pour meat into a greased oval baker or 9x13 inch pyrex pan - spread evenly. Spoon or pipe mashed sweet potatoes over meat.

  9. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until sweet potatoes have begun to brown and dish is heated through.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container for 4-5 days.

NOMaste,

Haley

Loved this healthy spin on a classic comfort meal? Try another! Vegan Butternut Squash Mac and CheeseAlmond Flour Coconut Chicken Tenders (GF)Camembert and Peach Toast with Balsamic Glaze

Comfort food does not have to mean bad food! Check out this healthy-spin on the traditional Shepherd's Pie - made with ground turkey and sweet potato. | NOMaste Kitchen



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