Sweet Potato & Turkey Shepherd's Pie

I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest while searching for ground turkey recipes and decided it was a must try. Shepherd's Pie is typically a nice warm comfort food but lean ground turkey and sweet potatoes make it just a tad bit healthier and it tasted amazing!

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp flour
2.5 lbs lean ground turkey
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
12 oz. frozen peas
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 tsp of paprika
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2.5 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 cups chicken broth
2 tbsp butter
1 egg, beaten
4 oz. cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste

The recipe requires a lot of ingredients but it's really fairly simple to whip together. 

What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Boil cubed sweet potatoes in large pot until tender. 
3. While the sweet potatoes are boiling, heat large pan over medium-high heat with olive oil. 
4. Add celery, carrots and onion to the pan and cook until soft.

5. Add ground turkey to the cooked vegetables along with garlic powder, paprika, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Mix all ingredients will and let turkey cook until golden and crumbly. 
6. Add the tomato, flour and chicken broth. Stir well and let simmer. 
7. Add the frozen peas while it simmers. 

8. Drain the sweet potatoes and return to the pot to cool.
9. Use a potato masher to smash powder until sooth. Add in butter, cream cheese and black pepper (to taste).
10. Beat the egg and add to the sweet potato mixture. Mix all ingredients well with a sturdy spoon or hand mixer. 
11. Grease a 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray and pour turkey mix into the dish. 
12. Cover turkey with sweet potato and evenly layer it out with a spatula. 
13. Bake for 35 minutes. 

I've never used cream cheese in mashed sweet potatoes but it makes it taste really good!

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  1. Who doesn't love a healthier version of a comfort food!!! I think the mashed potatoes always made me a little sketch about this one, but with sweet potatoes I'd like to try it! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

  2. uh what?! something i can almost eat?? haha. i would just leave out the cream cheese or just use a soy one (i know - sounds so good) :) great recipe! xo


  3. That looks delicious, lady! I love me some sweet potatoes :)!

  4. This looks like a great way to "lighten up" regular old shepherd's pie!! Delicious!

  5. um yum!! What a fun twist on a classic!


  6. I've never even made real shepherd's pie! This sounds great. Thanks for sharing and hosting the linkup!

  7. Ive never had shepherds pie but it always sounded weird to me. This looks fabulous tho!

  8. I love shepherd's pie, but I've never heard of a sweet potato version, that's genius! I need to try this!

  9. YUM!!! I've made the traditional version many times but never with turkey and sweet potato - looks amazing!!!

  10. This looks so good! I'm a huge fan of Shepherds Pie and love the way you changed it up with ground turkey and sweet potatoes. My son actually prefers ground turkey to beef, so I know this is something he would love too - can't wait to try this out!

  11. I make a recipe that is similar to this and so yummy. But cream cheese in mashed potatoes is something I haven't tried yet, but am going to, that sounds great!!

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  12. That's a great way to lighten this dish up!

    I typically use a dab of cream cheese in my mashed sweet potatoes. It smoothes them out and makes them creamier!

  13. I could go for this right now, sounds great! I love ground turkey!

  14. Yummm love how you incorporated sweet potatoes and cream cheese, it looks delish :)

  15. That looks so good and a definite man approved recipe!

  16. I love the use of the sweet potato, so much lighter!

  17. This looks absolutely yummy!! Sweet potato is always a winner!