This Thanksgiving-inspired version of Shepherd's Pie is wonderful year-round. Savory turkey is mixed with a touch of stuffing and a layer of vegetables, all topped with a fluffy and sweet potato mixture. Don't have time to make from scratch? Then simply substitute your turkey dinner leftovers! Chopped, cooked turkey and your homemade gravy can be substituted for the ground turkey mixture. Leftover vegetables greatly reduce prep time.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 2-quart, deep-dish casserole pan.

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  • Place the sweet potato, russet potato, and carrot each in separate saucepans. Pour enough water into each saucepan to cover the vegetables. Place each saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook each until tender enough to pierce with a fork, 5 to 7 minutes; drain. Set the carrots aside.

  • Place the drained sweet potato and russet potato in a large mixing bowl; mash lightly. Add the egg substitute and sour cream. Blend the potato mixture with an electric hand mixer set to medium until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the turkey in the hot oil until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onion, celery, garlic, 1 teaspoon thyme, and poultry seasoning. Cook until the turkey is cooked through and no longer pink. Increase the heat to medium-high. Pour the chicken stock into the turkey mixture. Whisk together the hot milk and flour until smooth. When the chicken stock begins to boil, add the flour mixture to the stock and stir until it thickens. Remove from heat and stir in Worcestershire sauce and browning sauce.

  • Pour the turkey mixture into the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the stuffing mix over the turkey mixture. Arrange the carrots, peas, and corn atop the stuffing mix. Season with thyme, salt and pepper. Spoon the potato mixture over the vegetables, spreading to cover all the way to the edges of the dish. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

  • Bake in preheated oven until top is slightly browned, about 35 minutes. Allow to rest 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

452 calories; protein 23.5g 47% DV; carbohydrates 65.7g 21% DV; fat 10.5g 16% DV; cholesterol 63.7mg 21% DV; sodium 566.3mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2008
We have a tradition of having shepherd's pie and angel food cake for Christmas dinner. It is easy to make ahead and it's well...shepherd's and angels get it? But I wanted a more flavorful festive recipe. After searching through a couple dozen I chose this one. It's healthy delicious and had all the wonderful aromas and flavors of a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I had some left over mushrooms and I mixed it with the meat. This will be my Christmas Eve Shepherd's pie for years to come! Thank you very much. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2010
This was a little bland for my taste. I made some homemade cranberry sauce to go with it and that helped a bit. I also thought the ground turkey got a little dried out after all that cooking and would have prefered piececs ofleftover roasted turkey. Overall a good base but not spectacular. Read More
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47 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2008
We have a tradition of having shepherd's pie and angel food cake for Christmas dinner. It is easy to make ahead and it's well...shepherd's and angels get it? But I wanted a more flavorful festive recipe. After searching through a couple dozen I chose this one. It's healthy delicious and had all the wonderful aromas and flavors of a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I had some left over mushrooms and I mixed it with the meat. This will be my Christmas Eve Shepherd's pie for years to come! Thank you very much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2008
This total comfort food for me!! This recipe was deelish. My husband ate leftovers of this for days (which is hard to get him to do). I made this almost like the recipe states..except that I didn't use the white potato. I used about 4 LARGE sweet potatoes that I boiled until soft..mashed with some butter and a little bit of sour cream. This made a LOT of mashed sweets but I had a little cooks treat while the casserole was baking. I sauted the onions garlic and carrot in some oil..then removed and browned the ground turkey..added the cooked vege's back in and added some corn and peas. I also added about 2 cups of chicken broth and then let this cook for a little bit. I then added a slurry of cornstarch to the turkey mixture and let that thicken. I added poultry seasoning salt and pepper some parsley. This turned out really well and I'm sure that I'll make this again. Its relatively healthy and tasty and sure to please. I bet kids would like it too:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/10/2011
On the dry side. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2009
This is absolutely my favorite dish I have tried on AR thus far- and I've tried and loved a lot! Only made a few changes based on what I had- I left out the carrots and peas and used one egg in place of the substitute. Also I had no browning sauce (nor did I know where to find it) so I left that out. My husband raved about it! And has asked for it every night since. So thanks for sharing Christine M! This will become a regular in our house! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2008
This is really tasty! I made it with chicken breasts sliced up really thin. I did not have the browning sauce so I didn't use any. I served cranberry sauce on the side. Yummy and healthy! Thanks for posting. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/30/2010
This was a little bland for my taste. I made some homemade cranberry sauce to go with it and that helped a bit. I also thought the ground turkey got a little dried out after all that cooking and would have prefered piececs ofleftover roasted turkey. Overall a good base but not spectacular. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2010
Christine - thanks for the great recipe! I made it for dinner tonight but everything smelled so good that I had to sneak some early. I made this with shredded chicken because that's what I had. I also put in lima beans because they're my favorite and seemed perfect for me. Tonight when I eat for real I'll be serving with some cranberry sauce. I can't wait! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2009
Delicious! I didn't peel the potatoes and didn't have a few of the ingredients but I made it anyway! I had never made mashed potatoes with egg and sour cream; we liked how light and fluffy these were! We will be making this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2010
Not going to lie- I was a little scared of this one! I wasn't sure that the ground turkey would go good with the sweet taters same with the sour cream and egg in the sweet potatoes. But it turned out really good!! I used a cornbread stuffing mix and added mushroom and extra onion. It was so yummy I will deff be making again!! Read More
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