Night before last I used all the potatoes in our bag of spuds to make mashed potatoes. I did that for two reasons: one was they were starting to grow eyes and the second was I have been in the mood for a shepherds pie. Now I have already made and blogged about Traditional Beef Shepherds Pie and Chicken Shepherds Pie so I thought why not try turkey? To add to this we had cooked up a number of ears of corn for dinner and had 3 ears left which we cut the corn off the cob. Two ingredients down. All I needed was some ground turkey and gravy. There was no turkey broth to be had at the store so I opted for some Campbell's® canned gravy which you can find with the bottled and canned gravies and not in the soup aisle in your grocery store.
Also I need to use my fresh herbs from the garden and felt that the combination of sage, rosemary and parsley would lend fabulous flavor to the turkey. If you don't have access to fresh herbs from your own garden then use dried sage and parsley, but I do recommend spending a little over a dollar for fresh rosemary. Plan your next dinner or side dish so you have further use for the fresh rosemary. The dried is too woody and stiff and I think it lacks flavor.
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 - 10 1/2 oz. can turkey gravy
- 3 cups mashed potatoes (left over mashed is fine)
- 1 bag frozen corn or 3 fresh ears of corn with kernels sliced off.
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. fresh chopped rosemary
- 1 tsp. fresh chopped sage or 1/4 tsp. dried
- 1 tsp. fresh chopped flat leaf parsley or 1/4 tsp. dried
- 3 tbsp. extra butter - melted for spreading over the mashed potatoes
- salt to taste
- black pepper to taste
- In a skillet over medium high heat, melt the one tablespoon of butter with the olive oil. Add in the ground turkey, breaking it down and turning over as it cooks. Cook it about 2/3 of the way and add in salt and ground black pepper to taste along with the fresh herbs. Mix well and take off the heat.
- In your casserole dish empty the content of the gravy to the bottom of the dish.
- Then add in the ground turkey and spread out in the dish. Next, you'll add in the layer of corn.
- Finally add the mashed potatoes to the top. If you are using left-over mashed, set your microwave to reheat and reheat for about 2 1/2 - 3 minutes for the potatoes to soften up a bit.
- Spread the potatoes over the top completely covering and using a fork make some swirls in the potato. Pour the melted butter over the top of the potatoes. This adds extra flavor as well as aids in the browning process.
- Bake uncovered in a 350° oven for about 45 minutes. I used my convection on my oven to help in the browning process and did that for about 8 more minutes. You can use your broiler but keep an eye on it.
When you take the casserole out of the oven let it rest for at least five minutes. Dive in and serve this up to your family. This is a complete meal for not a lot of money.