Cozy, sweet and savory, this Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd's Pie recipe is a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers in a warm delightful casserole.
Prep Time 45minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 1hour
Author The Gracious Wife
For the Filling
3cupschopped cooked turkey
1 ¾cupsturkey or chicken stockbroth works fine too
Pinchof garlic powder
1-2cupsfrozen mixed vegetablesthawed
For the Mashed Sweet Potatoes
3large sweet potatoesboiled until tender and peeled
salt and pepper to taste
1cupshredded cheddar cheese
In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
Add chopped onions to saucepan, and saute until tender
Stir in flour and allow to cook an additional minute or 2, until the mixture turns golden and is nice and hot.
Slowly add stock, a little at a time, stirring between each addition until mixture is smooth.
Stir in milk until fully incorporated.
Add seasonings to filling mixture and stir to combine.
Continue cooking on medium heat, uncovered until sauce thickens. You should be stirring frequently to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom.
When sauce is thickened to the consistency of a medium-thick gravy, add turkey and mixed vegetables, and stir to combine.
Allow filling to heat back up. Then remove from heat and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, mash sweet potatoes with a potato masher.
Add maple syrup and butter, and continue mashing.
Add milk to sweet potatoes, starting with just ¼ cup and continue mashing potatoes to combine. If potatoes are still too thick for your liking, add an additional ¼ cup milk, until it reaches your desired consistency.
Pour the turkey filling mixture into a large 2 quart baking dish or large oven-safe skillet.
Gently pour mashed sweet potatoes on top of filling and spread evenly on top.
Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of mashed sweet potatoes.
Bake in a 375° oven for 15-20 minutes until dish is heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.