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Ground turkey stands in for ground beef or the more traditional lamb in this simple version of shepherd's pie. Frozen vegetables make assembly simple; you can even use instant mashed potatoes instead of making your own to cut down on preparation time.



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


  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.

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  • Cover potatoes with water in a saucepan and boil for 20 to 30 minutes, or until fork-tender. Drain and beat until smooth with an electric mixer. Add butter, milk, and salt and pepper to taste; beat to desired consistency.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook and stir turkey and onion until turkey is fully cooked. Add gravy mix and water; stir often, until gravy is thick and bubbly. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Add turkey mixture to the baking dish. Next, layer the peas and carrots, and top with the mashed potatoes. Top with a layer of shredded cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and the potatoes are golden on the top.

Nutrition Facts

566.47 calories; 30.47 g protein; 36.03 g carbohydrates; 34.41 g fat; 129.66 mg cholesterol; 1037.56 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

I did add my own veggies instead of frozen my own herbs and made the fresh mashed. This one is worth a try.

Most helpful critical review

This was not good at all to me. It was very bland and just did not taste good. Others that tried it did not like it either.
147 Ratings
  • 5 Rating Star 69
  • 4 Rating Star 62
  • 3 Rating Star 15
  • 1 Rating Star 1
I made this for dinner the other night to rave reviews. I made the following changes: -used one jar of prepared turkey gravy and omitted the water and gravy mix -used instant mashed potatoes (6 servings)prepared according to the box instructions -doubled the onion called for. -used mixed vegetable (corn carrots lima beans peas) -added a spoonful of worschestshire -added rosemary and garlic -topped with one cup mild cheddar and broiled it until the chees was bubbly. We fought over the leftovers.
I did add my own veggies instead of frozen my own herbs and made the fresh mashed. This one is worth a try.
With the only seasonings being salt and pepper I imagined this would be a very dull dish. I made lots of adjustments adding garlic white pepper and worchestershire sauce to the turkey to spice it up. It was great I think this is a good template recipe that is easily adjusted to your palette but isnt much on its own.
This was so good the kiddos who have never had shepherd's pie and were a little skeptical went back for seconds! I only had one necessary change: I've never bought a gravy mix so I scraped all the turkey and onion to one side of the pan made a roux of butter and flour added a spoonful of chicken "Better Than Bouillon" and finished the gravy with milk boiling to a nice consistency before adding the turkey back in. The results were very tasty! I can't say if I'd like it as much with a packaged gravy mix... prepackaged sauces just don't taste good to me. But this was a definite comfort food keeper recipe! Thanks Amanda!
I was skeptical of this recipe to be honest but I was VERY pleasantly surprised. I didn't measure anything but did for sure cut back on butter. Made it (a little) healthier also by using less cheese nf milk and extra lean ground turkey. Used fresh steamed peas/carrots. Added garlic oregano red and black pepper and a good amount of Worcestershire sauce. I'm not a meat and potatoes kind of girl but I loved this and the darling boyfriend was a huge fan. I will definitely make this again!!
Easy to substitute with. I used frozen corn and some green pepper for the veggies. Also I didn't have gravy mix...so I used a mix of BBQ sauce whirschire sauce and chiptole spice blend to mix into the meat mixture. The longer it sits the better. Great make ahead meal and reheat the next day.
Finally a Shepherd Pie I like! I used ground beef because that's what I had thawed. Since some reviewers felt it lacked flavor I added a generous amount of garlic salt and Italian seasoning. I only had a brown gravy packet so I used that and just one rather than two. I would think 2 packets of gravy would be a bit much. I also used mixed veggies rather than just carrots and peas. The result was yummy and enjoyed by all!
Very good. I've made it twice now and the only thing I did differently the second time was use less milk because the potatoes were a bit on the runny side the first time.
For what I wanted this was perfect. I just made my own gravy and added some more spices (parsley garlic powder mixed up salt). Instead of milk in the potatoes I added sour cream and used red potatoes.