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Turkey & Bacon Shepherd's Pie

RecipesHeatherAnne NorburyComment
I forgot again so no picture.  It's a shame too because this looked beautiful when it came out of the oven.

4 medium potatoes, peeled & cubed
4 slices bacon, cut into 1" pieces
1 pound ground turkey
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp dried thyme
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 medium onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
3 celery ribs, diced
1 small bell pepper, any color, diced (I used about a 1/2 c diced out of my freezer)
Additional veggies - whatever you have, about 2 cups.  I used frozen broccoli
2 Tbl flour
1 cup stock, chicken, veggie, whatever you have at the ready
1 egg, beaten
3 Tbl butter or margarine

Bring a medium pot of salted water to boil and cook the potatoes.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.

Once the potatoes are on, toss the bacon into a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook until about half way brown and add the turkey.  Break it up and brown the turkey.  Add the paprika, cumin, thyme, salt & pepper. Once the turkey is brown, add the onions, carrots & celery.  Add a splash of liquid, cover and cook about 5 minutes. If the extra veggies you are using are raw (not frozen or canned), add them now too.  If they are frozen/canned, add them and the bell pepper after the 5 minute cooking time and cook for an additional 2 minutes.  Stir in the flour and cook for 2 more minutes.  Stir in the stock and simmer until the potatoes are ready.

Preheat the oven broiler with a rack that'll put your casserole dish about 5 inches from the broiler.

Once the potatoes are tender, add a couple spoonfuls of cooking water to your beaten egg to temper it, then drain the potatoes.  Return the pan to the hot, but off burner to help dry the potatoes a smidge.  Mash with butter, salt & pepper then add in the egg.  Add a bit of milk/soymilk if they are too stiff.

Pour the turkey mixture into an oven-safe casserole.  Spoon and spread the mashed potatoes over the casserole.  Cook under the broiler until the mashed potatoes start to turn golden around the edges. Mine took about 8 minutes.  Serve with a side salad and you have an amazingly yummy, very hearty and satisfying winter meal.  YUM!