so i still had thanksgiving turkey sitting in my freezer. and since tamales are currently taking up space in said freezer (both actually), i needed to get rid of something. turkey it was. my friend Emily said she made a turkey shepherd’s pie that sounded awfully intriguing. i generally am not a fan of shepherd’s pie (something about the way the ground beef tastes all mixed together with everything else reminds me of meatloaf. ick. erik however, loves shepherd’s pie). but i do like roasted chicken and i do like to mush it with mashed potatoes and peas and this was pretty close to that. i made a few modifications based on some stuff i needed to use up in the fridge but otherwise this idea: all Emily. make it. then thank her. with kisses and gold dubloons … thanks Emily!
Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
recipe adapted from Emily Cooper
leftover chopped up turkey
onion or shallot, chopped
red chili pepper flakes
leftover mashed potatoes
salt and pepper
shredded cheddar cheese (she suggested white cheddar, but since i can’t get that very often (if ever) here, i used yellow)
heat your oven to 350. in a large pan, melt some butter with some olive oil. saute the onions until soft. stir in the garlic. cook for about 30 seconds. stir in the celery, carrots, and mushrooms. cook for a few minutes. add in the chopped up turkey. season with salt and pepper. sprinkle with parsley. add in the peas. cook to let them warm through. spoon the mixture into an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. spoon your mashed potatoes over everything and smooth them out. place these in the oven and cook until the potatoes are slightly browned along the edges. sprinkle the cheese on top; cook until the cheese melts.
this is a true 30 minute meal, ya’ll. matter of fact, i knew i’d be working until 7 p.m. tonight (and this seriously cut into my Top Chef watching time by the by) so i assembled it the night before. all erik had to do was bake and melt.
cooking music: a shuffled playlist on my kick ass new ipod stereo thing, including but not limited to Kris Kristofferson (Casey’s Last Ride), Ugly Casanova (Cat Faces), and Modest Mouse