Smoky Shepherd's Pie

Smoky Turkey Shepherd's Pie

I love putting a new twist on an old favorite. Turkey bacon gives it a smokey taste that your family will love.

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American/Canadian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 506 kcal
Author Merry


  • 3 large Idaho potatoes peeled & cubed
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil EVOO
  • 1/4 pound turkey bacon
  • 1 1/3 pound ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • Coarse black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 3 celery ribs from the heart, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper cored seeded & chopped
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 cup sour cream I used lite
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 10 to 12 fresh chives chopped or snipped


  1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil, salt it, and cook the potatoes while you make the turkey filling.
  2. Heat a deep, large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the EVOO to the skillet, then add the bacon and brown it up. Drain off the excess fat. Add the turkey to the pan & break it up with a wooden spoon. Season the turkey with the smoked paprika, salt pepper & thyme. When the turkey is browned, add the onions, carrots & celery. Season the veggies with salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the red bell peppers and peas & cook for another two minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add the stock and combine. Stir in the 1/2 cup of sour cream and simmer the mixture over low heat.
  3. Preheat the broiler to high.
  4. When the potatoes are tender (10 to 12 minutes), stir a ladle of the cooking water in to the beaten egg, then drain the potatoes. Return the potatoes to the warm pot to dry them out a little. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of sour cream, the butter & salt & pepper. Smash the potatoes, mashing in the beaten, tempered egg. If the potatoes are too stiff, mix in a splash of milk.
  5. Pour the turkey mixture into a medium casserole dish. Top with the smashed potatoes & spread evenly. Place the casserole 5 inches from the hot broiler. Broil until the potatoes are golden at the edges. Garnish the casserole with the chives & a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
Nutrition Facts
Smoky Turkey Shepherd's Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 506 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 907mg 38%
Potassium 1283mg 37%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 6g
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 112.9%
Vitamin C 84.3%
Calcium 13.2%
Iron 37.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.