Thursday, April 8, 2010

Recipe Box: Turkey Shepherd's Pie

 (A view of my backyard while making dinner one evening in February. Looks like we need to fill the bird feeder!)

This is a recipe I have played with a couple of times. It started as one of those where you look in your refrigerator and your pantry to figure out something to feed your family. When my eyes landed on the frozen ground turkey, stuffing, and potatoes, I knew I had something. This is easy and adaptable. I hope you try it!

Here is what's for dinner:

Turkey Shepherd's Pie
by Amy Dotson

1 - 1.25 lbs ground turkey
1/2 medium onion - chopped small
2 carrots - chopped small
1 celery stalk - chopped small
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs butter
1 pkg chicken stuffing - prepared according to the box instructions
4-5 potatoes - made into mashed potatoes
2 pkgs turkey or chicken gravy (optional) or make your own gravy.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish (or two 8x8 pans and freeze one!)

2. Put oil and butter in a pan on medium-high heat.

3. Add onions, carrots, celery. When soft, add ground turkey (sometimes I will also add about 1/4 cup water for more moisture). Cook until meat is browned and cooked through.

 (While meat is cooking, make the mashed potatoes)
 4. Add prepared stuffing to meat/veg mixture. Stir until combined then pour into baking dish(es).

5. Shmear the mashed potatoes over your meat/veg mixture. Pour the prepared gravy over the top OR serve on the side when done baking OR leave it out completely.
6. Bake in 350 degree oven for approx. 30 minutes. It should be lightly browned on top.
We like to serve it with a side of cranberry sauce and my "better then C*mbells" green beans (Seriously. No canned soup. No crunchy onions. I can give you the recipe if you want it).

Voila! Dinner is served. Your family will love it!