Ground Turkey Shepherd’s Pie with Buttery Cauliflower Mash is delicious comfort food. This recipe is lightened up with ground turkey and a mashed cauliflower topping. Frozen mixed vegetables speed up the recipe prep.
- For the cauliflower mash ~
- 1 medium cauliflower, cut in florets, about 4 to 5 cups
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons salted butter
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- kosher salt
- For the meat and vegetable filling ~
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 cups sliced mushrooms
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 10–ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables
- 1 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Make the cauliflower mash ~ Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower and garlic and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. Drain the cauliflower in a colander and return to the pot. Add the salted butter and Parmesan cheese and mash the cauliflower. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside
- Make the meat and vegetable filling ~ In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the extra virgin olive oil. When the oil is heated, add the onion, mushrooms and garlic. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms begin to lose their moisture and soften.
- Add the ground turkey, kosher salt and pepper and cook until the turkey is browned and crumbled, about 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste.
- Sprinkle the ground turkey with the flour and stir to incorporate.
- Add the red wine and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly reduced. Stir in the mixed vegetables and parsley.
- Divide the meat and vegetable filling between 4 ~ 2 cup glass containers or other oven safe dishes. Top with the mashed cauliflower and sprinkle with paprika.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until piping hot. Remove from the oven and serve.
- Sub in frozen cauliflower ~ My first choice is to use fresh cauliflower for the mash. In a pinch, use frozen cauliflower florets instead.
- Use your favorite ground meat ~ Ground turkey is used for the meat filling. Ground beef, veal, lamb, pork or a combination of meats are also good filling substitutes.
- Substitute for the red wine ~ Instead of red wine (Merlot and Pinot Noir are delicious options) use chicken or beef stock.
- Add different frozen veggies ~ Feel free to add your favorite frozen vegetable combinations.
- Make single servings ~ Instead of serving the casserole family style, portion the savory filling and creamy topping into individual servings. Some options for serving the shepherd’s pies are 2 cup glass containers, small metal pie pans or small foil pie pans. Not only do the single size meals fit into today’s busy lifestyle but, they are fun to eat.
- Prep Time: 25 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: entree
- Method: cook on stovetop and bake
- Cuisine: Irish
- Serving Size: 1 single serving
- Calories: 391
- Sugar: 5.9 g
- Sodium: 629 mg
- Fat: 18.9 g
- Saturated Fat: 5.3 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 18.4 g
- Fiber: 5.8 g
- Protein: 40.3 g
- Cholesterol: 130 mg
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