Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie

A version of the Irish classic that substitutes ground poultry for beef and lamb and tops things off with a combination of mashed potatoes and cauliflower
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine English
Keyword easy dinner recipes, shepherd's pie
Prep Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 277 kcal
Author Adapted from


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 sprigs fresh thyme leaves minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 16 ounces frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose or gluten-free flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1-1/4 cup beef chicken or vegetable stock/broth, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 cups mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower or Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet, then add onions. Sauté until translucent, then add the ground meat. Season with salt, pepper and thyme.
  3. Cook until meat is no longer pink, then drain on paper towels. Return to skillet, then add butter and frozen peas and carrots. Once vegetables begin to thaw, sprinkle with flour and stir well.
  4. Add tomato paste, 3/4 cup of stock and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.
  5. Let the mixture reduce slightly, then add remaining 1/2 cup stock. Reduce again until you have a thick gravy. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if necessary.
  6. Spray a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Add the meat mixture, then spread the mashed potatoes and/or cauliflower on top. Brush with egg and sprinkle with cheese. Place the baking dish on a cookie sheet lined with foil to catch any drips.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until top begins to get some color. Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.