Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie. A healthier twist on the classic comfort food. This Sweet potato shepherd’s pie is made with a ground turkey and veggie filling and topped with garlic mashed sweet potatoes for a tasty comfort that everyone will love.
Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
If you are a fan of sweet potatoes then this is a must-try recipe! This Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie is loaded with amazing flavors yet healthy at the same time!
I am always looking for a healthier twist on a classic recipe. This sweet potato ground turkey shepherd’s pie is loaded with a ton of vegetables plus topped with sweet potatoes. Healthy comfort food at its best.
My whole family loves this shepherd’s pie with sweet potato and ground turkey and we alternate between this recipe and my easy shepherd’s pie recipe. Really for us, the only difference is if we are in the mood for ground turkey or ground beef, however, both of them are always big hits whenever I make them.
What is Shepherd’s Pie?
Shepherd’s pie is an Irish dish that is traditionally made with ground lamb, veggies and a crust of mashed potatoes. Sometimes it is topped with a layer of cheese. In some places, this recipe is called cottage pie, but it is basically the same thing as the traditional Shepherd’s Pie. For this Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie we changed things up and made it healthier. Instead of ground lamb we used ground turkey and then topped it with sweet potatoes instead of potatoes.
What do you Serve with Shepherd’s Pie?
Since this healthy shepherd’s Pie is loaded with veggies and ground meat it really is a full meal already. If you want to have sides then I suggest a salad and some fresh bread. Looking for easy salad ideas? Check out some of our favorites.
How to Store Shepherd’s Pie
After it has cooled completely, you can divide this casserole into airtight containers that will last in the fridge for up to 3 days.
How to Reheat Shepherd’s Pie
There are 2 ways to reheat Shepherd’s Pie. You can reheat a single serving in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or you can place the whole casserole dish in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes.
Can I freeze sweet potato shepherd’s pie?
Yes! This easy dinner recipe is a great freezer meal also. You can make it ahead of time and then heat it when needed. To freeze assemble everything and then allow it to cool completely. Once cooled wrap with tin foil and place in the freezer. It will keep up to 3 months in the freezer.
When you want to eat it, remove it from the freezer the day before and let thaw in the fridge. Then heat in the oven for 30 minutes to heat thoroughly.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes. You can prep everything ahead of time and then store it in the fridge until you are going to bake it. You will need to bake it for a few extra minutes if you are baking it after it was in the fridge.
Can I make individual servings with this recipe?
Yes! If you are wanting to make individual servings you can. You can put the ingredients in individual servings foil pans instead of a baking dish. Then freeze like you would the whole casserole.
Tips & Variations for Making this Recipe
If you are running short on time to make this Turkey Shepherd’s pie then use this easy method for how to cook sweet potatoes in the microwave. It cuts down on the cook time by cooking sweet potatoes in the microwave instead of on the stove.
Change the meat. If you want to use different meat you can use ground beef, ground chicken or ground lamb in place of the ground turkey.
Use dried herbs. If you do not have fresh herbs you can use dried herbs.
Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie ingredients
- sweet potatoes, peeled, diced
- chicken broth
- sour cream
- ground turkey
- olive oil
- onion, diced
- celery stalk, chopped
- garlic cloves, diced
- mushrooms, diced
- frozen mixed vegetables
- tomato paste
- Worcestershire sauce
- freshly chopped rosemary
How to Make Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Peel and boil the sweet potatoes and garlic in water until soft. Drain the potatoes.
Mash with chicken broth, milk, sour cream, salt, and pepper.
In a large sauté pan over medium heat brown the turkey. Once the turkey is cooked, set aside on a plate lined with paper towels.
Add the olive oil to the pan, then add the onion and celery. Season with salt and pepper.
Cook for about 12 minutes, until celery is soft. Add the garlic and mushrooms, sauté for another 3-4 minutes.
Add the flour, salt, and pepper and mix well.
Add in the frozen vegetables, chicken broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, cooked turkey, and mix well.
Simmer on low for about 5-10 minutes.
Spay the baking sheet with non stick spray. Put the turkey and veggies mixture into the pan and spread evenly.
Top the meat and veggies mixture with the mashed sweet potatoes.
Bake for 20 minutes or until potatoes turns golden. Remove from oven and let it cool 10 minutes before serving.
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Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
Sweet potato Topping
Turkey Shepherd's Pie Filling
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 celery stalk chopped
- 2 cloves garlic diced
- 8 ounces mushrooms diced
- 10 ounces frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 teaspoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel and boil the sweet potatoes and garlic in water until soft. Drain the potatoes.
- Once the sweet potattoes are done add the chicken broth, milk, sour cream, salt and pepper and mash.
- While cooking the sweet potatoes, In a large sauté pan brown the turkey. Once the turkey is cooked, set aside on a plate lined with paper towels.
- Add the olive oil to the pan, then add the onion and celery. Season with salt and pepper.
- Cook for about 12 minutes, until celery is soft. Add the garlic and mushrooms, sauté for another 3-4 minutes.
- Add the flour, salt and pepper and mix well.
- Add in the frozen vegetables, chicken broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, cooked turkey, and mix well.
- Simmer on low for about 5-10 minutes.
- Spay the baking sheet with non stick spray. Put the turkey and veggies mixture into the pan and spread evenly.
- Top the meat and veggies mixture with the mashed sweet potatoes.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until potatoes turns golden. Remove from oven and let it cool 10 minutes before serving.