For Valentine's Day, I thought I'd post a recipe for a delicious comfort food dish, one that you might enjoy around a cozy kitchen table in February with some people you love. This turkey shepherd's pie is a wholesome and satisfying meal, loaded with colourful veggies (and yes, it is also the very dish that caused a dinnertime gong show at our house last week, but my boys have strange ideas about food and you should just ignore them). The recipe is one I adapted from the good food book for families by Brenda Bradshaw and Cheryl Mutch.
Turkey Shepherd's Pie
1 onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
3 large carrots, peeled and diced
1 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp canola oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 lbs ground turkey
1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
1 small can (5.5 oz) tomato paste*
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes*
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
*I buy tomatoes and tomato paste in BPA-free cans
For mashed potato topping:
5 large potatoes, peeled and cut
1/3 cup milk*
1/4 cup butter*
1 clove garlic, crushed
*I made a dairy-free version of the topping by using 2/3 cup of rice milk instead of milk and butter
In a large, deep frying pan or stockpot, saute onion, celery, carrots, and oregano in oil until onion is translucent.
Add garlic and slowly crumble in ground turkey. Saute until turkey is browned. Drain off any excess fat.
Add corn, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes. Mix thoroughly and bring to a boil.
Turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove turkey and vegetable mixture from heat, add parsley and mix thoroughly.
Meanwhile, cook potatoes in boiling water until tender.
Mash potatoes with milk, butter (if using) and garlic.
Evenly divide turkey/vegetable mixture into two 8"x8" pans (a 2.5 L casserole dish also works well) and top with mashed potatoes. Freeze one of the pies for another meal.
To serve, bake pie in oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until warmed through and bubbling around the edges. Each pie serves 4-5 people.
While this turkey shepherd's pie does take some time to make, all the work for two meals can be done in one evening, which is always nice! Served alongside a green salad, this lovingly made dish is sure to create a warm and happy mood at the dinner table. (Unless you serve it at our house. Never mind.)
Enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day!