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!Now, 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!