I had some leftover frozen mashed potatoes and ground turkey in the freezer looking for a new home. I ran across this recipe on AllRecipes and it was a perfect combination.
The recipe called for canned mushrooms which I never have, but sliced some fresh mushrooms and sautéed them with the ground turkey. You could add some more vegetables (corn, green beans) for a bit more color. Surprisingly, the tiny 1/4 tsp of dried thyme really added some flavor (I'll probably increase it a tad more next just because I like that added punch of flavor).
Easy and quick to assemble (especially if you have any leftover mashed potatoes). Serve it with a steamed asparagus (or other green vegetable) or a green salad and maybe a good baguette or artisan bread for a perfect meal. This could easily be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to bake.
TURKEY SHEPHERD'S PIE (4 servings)
3 large potatoes, peeled
2 Tbsp butter, room temp
1/4 cup warm milk
ready-made mashed potatoes
1 Tbsp EVOO
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground turkey
1 large carrot, shredded
1 (4.5 oz) can sliced mushrooms (or 8 oz package fresh mushroom, sliced)
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/4 tsp dried thyme, or more, to taste
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp chicken bouillon powder
1 Tbsp AP flour
S&P to taste
If making freshly-made mashed potatoes, boil potatoes until tender, 15-20 minutes. While potatoes are cooking, gather other ingredients.
Mash potatoes with butter and milk. Season with S&P to taste. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 375F (190C).
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; stir in onion. Saute onion (and fresh mushrooms, if using....otherwise, add canned mushroom later on) until it has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in ground turkey, carrot, mushrooms, parsley, thyme, garlic, and chicken bouillon. Cook and stir until meat is broken up and cooked through. Add S&P to taste. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute more.
Transfer meat mixture to a deep dish pie pan or casserole dish. Spread mashed potatoes over meat and swirl with a fork.
Bake in a preheated oven until tops of mashed potatoes are lightly browned, about 30 minutes.
Recipe Source: AllRecipes.com