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Winter Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

We seem to eat for comfort during the holidays...but comfort foods aren't necessarily healthy. To make a classic comfort food dish more healthy, I came up with this lovely take: turkey shepherd's pie. It's perfect for putting out on your holiday buffet table. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 55 min. Bake: 30 min. + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed peeled butternut squash (1-inch pieces)
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon plus 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups frozen peas (about 8 ounces)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Place first 4 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, 10-15 minutes. Drain vegetables, reserving broth. Mash vegetables until smooth, stirring in 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  • In 2 batches, cook turkey and onion in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until turkey is no longer pink, 5-7 minutes, breaking turkey into crumbles. Remove from pan.
  • In same pan, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute mushrooms until tender, 7-9 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add wine, thyme and the remaining salt and pepper; bring to a boil, stirring to remove browned bits from pan. Cook until liquid is evaporated. Stir in flour until blended; gradually stir in reserved broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened. Stir in peas and turkey mixture; heat through.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-quart baking dish. Spread with mashed vegetables. Bake, uncovered, until filling is bubbly, 30-35 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Before you peel potatoes, scrub them with a vegetable brush under cold water. Remove eyes or sprouts. If you have a lot of potatoes, place them in cold water after peeling to prevent discoloring.
  • Lean ground turkey (93% lean) contains 53% less fat and 38% less saturated fat than regular ground turkey (85% lean). It works great in casseroles, tacos and other dishes that use crumbled meat. Higher-fat meat works better for burgers or meat loaf.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 314 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 654mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

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    • Danielle
      Jun 23, 2019

      Awesome

    • geipa
      Mar 15, 2019

      This was good. We enjoyed it but it is a bit of work. Filling needs more veggies.Not sure if I would make this again.

    • Daniel
      Nov 21, 2018

      Excellent recipe! Perfect blend of flavors that makes a light, yet rich dish.