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Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie is practically an English meat casserole consisting of a ground beef layer topped with a mashed potato layer. Some of you may know it as Cottage Pie which only was discovered in 1877. Shepherd’s Pie is traditionally made with minced lamb or mutton . This dish is one of America’s most favorite. Putting naming conventions aside, the American version of Shepherd’s Pie is essentially a casserole, lined with cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked. For my version, I used ground turkey. If ground bison meat is available at your local supermarket, you can opt for that as well. If you decide to take the vegetarian route, you can use ground soy meat ( I tried it once and it wasn’t nearly as good nor tasty and the meat version but don’t take my word for it). For a smokey flavor, you can use BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce.The recipe may be basic but the taste is gourmet and the quantity is plentiful.


  • Prep Time : 20 min
  • Cook Time : 30 min
  • Ready Time : 50 min


8 Servings


  • 2 lbs ground turkey/bison
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cups carrots,corn,peas
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can Tomato sauce
  • 4-5 large Potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons polyunsaturated margarine
  • 1/2 cup Soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper for taste


Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes). While the potatoes are cooking, grease a large skillet with cooking spray and sauté onions over medium heat for 10 minutes. If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked. Add ground turkey and saute till cooked through. Add the Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce. Pour in some water to prevent the turkey from drying up. Cook over low heat for another 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if necessary. When potatoes are cooked, mash them using a masher. Add margarine and soy milk. Mash and stir till creamy. Season potato mixture with garlic powder,onion powder,parsley, salt, and pepper and combine. Place the turkey layer in a baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes).

About Challah Maidel


Chaviva Fiskus-Karon is the author of Challah Maidel blog. She made Aliyah four years ago and is currently residing in the Mercaz area. Challah Maidel is a food blog focuses on healthy cooking without compromising on flavor. Chaviva combines culinary ingenuity, and expertise with her longtime passion for cooking. As a self-proclaimed foodie who is quasi-health concious, she is constantly exploring creative techniques,ideas and healthy alternatives to recreate her favorite dishes and desserts. As someone who is always seeking inspiration, she welcomes suggestions and feedback.

Read more at: http://challahmaidel.wordpress.com/

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