- Prep time
- 1 hour
- Cook time
- 1 hour 20 minute
- 6 servings
Traditionally served in British pubs, Shepherd's Pie is hearty fare that soothes the soul and fills the belly. Lighten up this classic (and add a little Irish twist) by using ground turkey, rustic mashed cauliflower topping and a wee bit o' Irish beer.
For the Filling:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and diced
- 1½ pounds ground turkey
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- ¼ cup cream
- 1¾ cups chicken broth
- ¾ cup beer
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
- 1 cup frozen peas
Roasted Cauliflower Mash:
- 2 heads fresh cauliflower, cut into florets
- ½ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese
- ½ cup water
- Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400° F.
For the filling, heat butter in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat and add onion and carrots. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add ground turkey, salt and pepper and cook until browned, about 10 minutes. Add flour and tomato paste and cook for 1 minute, then add cream and cook for 1 minute. Add broth, beer, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme and simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is thick but still slightly saucy, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in frozen peas.
Transfer mixture to an oven-safe 2-quart casserole dish and set aside.
For the cauliflower mash, place cauliflower florets onto a rimmed baking sheet and toss with olive oil. Spread florets in a single layer and roast for 20 minutes, until tender and caramelized. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Blend roasted florets in food processor, then add parmesan cheese, cream cheese, salt, pepper and water and blend into a smooth paste. If necessary, add more water until the consistency of mashed potatoes.
Spread mashed cauliflower over prepared filling and bake for 20 minutes until topping is browned. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before serving.