Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Turkey Shepard's Pie

A couple of days ago I took a giant turkey breast out of the freezer and I had big plans for it, but as so often is the case....... life happens.  Well that turkey breast sat there for two or three days.  At the end of another busy day after opening the fridge I realized that I would have to do something with that pretty lil piece of meat or it was going to have to be tossed.  Food waste is not something we take lightly in this house and so despite the fact that cooking was the last thing I wanted to be doing at that moment I pulled out my slow cooker.  To  prep the Turkey I rubbed it down with onion powder and garlic powder and a small amount of the soup bullion mix (making sure to also rub it under the skin). I placed the large breast in the slow cooker and added just enough water to cover the bottom of dish. I removed the turkey after about 6 hours and hit up allrecipes.  I found a turkey Shepard's pie recipe that looked good and decided I'd give it a whirl. 
This is a definite comfort food! and so Delicious!
Here's what you need:

  • 2 cups cubed cooked turkey
  • 3/4 cup turkey gravy * I make my own from the juice released from cooking the turkey and whisk it with a tiny bit of cornstarch to thicken it*
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 2 cups prepared stuffing *you can use home made(see recipe below) or store bought* 
  • 2 cups whole kernel corn
  • 2 cups warm mashed potatoes *see recipe below*
  • Here's what you do:
    1. In a greased 2-qt. baking dish, layer the turkey, gravy, mushrooms, onions, stuffing and corn. Top with potatoes. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until edges of potatoes are browned.

    It is actually that simple!

    Mashed Potatoes
    You'll need 6 medium-large potatoes peeled and chopped.
    Throw them into a pot of salted boiling water and leave them be for about 20 minutes or until tender.
    Remove from heat and drain.
    Add 2 tbsp of butter and a 1/4-1/2 cup of milk, season with salt and cracked pepper and then mash away!
    once you have reached the consistency you like add 1 cup grated mozzarella, 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, 3 cloves of garlic minced, and 1/4 cup of finely diced shallots stir to incorporate


    • 1 loaf sliced bread
    • 3/4 cup butter
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 4 stalks celery, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • * you can also add chopped dried cranberries if you like to give it a bit of sweetness
    • What you need to do:
    1. Let bread slices air dry for 1 to 2 hours, then cut into cubes.
    2. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Cook onion and celery until soft. Season with poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stir in bread cubes until evenly coated. Moisten with chicken broth; mix well.
    3. bake in a buttered casserole dish at 350 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes.

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