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Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

This is one of my favourite casserole recipes. I use it all the time, especially when I want to bring a meal to someone in need. I realize not everyone loves sweet potatoes but I take the chance. The combination of the sweet from the sweet potatoes and the salty and savoury flavours from the meat mixture just sing in my mouth. I think the first time I had this combination was at Kendra’s house. It was the first time Kendra and her husband had hubby and I over for dinner (although it was before he was hubby – we were just dating at the time). So I must say, it holds a special place in my heart!dsc_0762Now, this recipe is wonderful if you have leftover mashed sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving or Christmas or any other meal, but I only usually have them at big family dinners. I made it after Thanksgiving this year. It was my first time hosting a big family dinner. And I say big, but I’ll qualify that… hubby only has his immediate family in the area so there was a total of 8 of us plus little TJ. I made the whole turkey dinner (with help from one of my lovely sister in laws) complete with stuffing, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, carrots, cranberry sauce, gravy and pumpkin pie. It was quite the ordeal in my little kitchen with limited counter space, and despite the steam burn on my arm and the fact that dinner was served 1 ½ hours after I had planned for it to be ready, it was a great success! And we had a LOT of leftovers, which I blame on my upbringing. My experience can only go as far back as my grandma, and she always makes too much food which is a trait she passed onto my mother. So I’m just doing the family proud! Back to the point… sweet potatoes were in abundance so I knew it was time to make this shepherd’s pie. Try this recipe out soon or after your next big family dinner that includes mashed sweet potatoes!

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Here are all the ingredients you will need, not including the mashed sweet potatoes


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Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd's Pie
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 lb (454 g) ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups (500 mL) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups (1 L) mashed sweet potato
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45-60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 lb (454 g) ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) flour
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups (500 mL) frozen mixed vegetables
  • 4 cups (1 L) mashed sweet potato
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉ (190℃).
  2. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add turkey and onion. Sauté until turkey is almost cooked (no longer pink) and onion is softened, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and sauté another 2 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle flour over the meat mixture and stir to combine. Let cook 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add chicken broth, worcestershire, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and let simmer until sauce is thickened. Add frozen mixed vegetables and stir to evenly distribute.
  5. Spread mixture in the bottom of a 9x13-in (22x33 cm) baking dish. Spread prepared sweet potatoes on top of meat mixture. Place in oven for 45-60 minutes or until heated through (if your potatoes and meat mixture is hot, this won’t take as long).
Recipe Notes

If you’re not quite sure how to make mashed sweet potatoes or need a new idea, try putting sweet spices in them. By sweet spices I mean cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg. I have a 4-spice blend with those spices from France that I use. A little goes a long way, but it really enhances the sweet potato flavour. Add butter for some richness and milk to get the right consistency. Then whip them up with a hand mixer and ta da, delicious mashed sweet potatoes.

4 Comments

  1. Kendra's Mom

    October 28, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Have you ever made this using leftover turkey instead of the ground turkey?

    1. Clarey

      October 29, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      I haven’t… I’m sure it would taste just as good but be different from traditional shepherd’s pie. If you try it, let me know how it is!

  2. Judy Funk

    October 29, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    You DO do the family proud!

    1. Clarey

      October 29, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks, mom 🙂

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