Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Turkey Shepard's Pie

Shepard's Pie is a great recipe to improvise and that's what we did for this one.  The basic concept is simple and a winter classic: a ground meat base (traditionally lamb) with mashed potatoes on top.  Assuming you can brown meat and have a mashed potato recipe you can take this in whatever direction you want.  The twist with what you are seeing here is that we used ground turkey - the same grind-your-own turkey thighs that I use in the turkey burger recipe.  It's got the juiciness and flavor that make this taste special.  Make your base with the meat, onions, salt, and pepper, then throw in some veggies.  Peas and carrots shown here.  For the potato, I think yukon golds are probably your best bet, but go with what you like.  For the top, Parmesan or Gruyere work nicely.  Brown the whole thing in the oven for a few minutes.  If you have oven proof bowls this would make nice individual servings as well.

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