Shepherd's Pie Bowls! This dish will make any Irish grandmother proud.

I'm Irish...and a bunch of other nationalities. Growing up, my Grandmother made Shepherd's Pie and it was always one of my favorites. She used ground beef and tons of butter! I adapted this easy spin on a classic comfort food from a Betty Crocker recipe to make it a little healthier. I use ground turkey in place of beef, milk instead of half and half and less butter. This stovetop version uses frozen veggies and broth for a hearty stew that gets topped with cheesy mashed potatoes. It’s easy to whip up for a weeknight meal in a hurry!

Shepherd’s Pie Bowls

Servings – 6


1 lb. ground turkey

½ cup chopped onion

2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic

1 bag (16 oz.) frozen mixed vegetables

½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves

¾ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

2 ½ cups beef or chicken broth

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes

4 tablespoons butter

1 cup whole milk or half and half

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

Paprika, if desired

1 - In a large skillet, cook turkey, onion and garlic over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until meat is cooked through. Stir in frozen mixed vegetables, thyme, salt and pepper.

2 -In 4-cup measuring cup, add broth and flour, beating with whisk to combine. Add broth mixture to skillet. Bring to a boil. Cook 8 to 10 minutes over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is slightly thickened.

3 -Meanwhile, boil potatoes for 15-20 minutes, until fork tender. Drain and mash potatoes. Add butter, milk and stir in cheese until melted. Season with salt and pepper and add 2 tablespoons of the parsley.

4 -To serve, divide turkey mixture among bowls; top with potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika; garnish with remaining 2 tablespoons parsley.

There you have it! Easy peasy, right? This dish deserves a regular spot on your weeknight dinner rotation!

Owner of Rapid Slicer, LLC, Cindy loves being creative with food, coming up with ways to make food prep easier and spending time entertaining family and friends in her New England home. 

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