These non-traditional Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a fun, healthy and delicious twist one of the classic St. Patrick’s Day meals!
With St. Patrick’s Day being less than two weeks away I figured I better get with the program and at least share one Irish inspired recipe. Even though I don’t have an ounce of Irish blood in me, although my currently super pale white skin might suggest otherwise, I still enjoy some of the festive food that this holiday brings to the table.
One of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes is shepherd’s pie. It’s hard not to love a dish full of meat and mashed potatoes, can we say maximum comfort food. The recipe I’m sharing today is far from the traditional recipes you’ll find for shepherd’s pie, but you know me, I like to put a little twist on traditional recipes! Today it’s all about these Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Sweet Potatoes that should definitely make an appearance on your table this St. Patrick’s Day or any day!
I had to look up a little history on shepherd’s pie before I made this recipe. First to make sure it was actually Irish and second to see what it’s traditionally made with. It is in fact an Irish as well as an English dish and sometimes referred to as a cottage pie. Traditionally it’s made with either beef or lamb and topped with mashed potatoes, not sweet potatoes. So basically I threw all traditions aside except for the fact that this is a meat and potatoes meal and did my own thing…this is pretty typical when it comes to the things I cook.
I wanted to boost the nutrition of this shepherd’s pie so the first thing to do was swap out regular potatoes for sweet potatoes. Then because we don’t eat much beef or lamb in our house the next swap was subbing in lean ground turkey. I did stick to using most of the traditional vegetables and seasonings such as carrots, onion, peas, garlic and fresh thyme. Assembling the potatoes is done similarly to how you would with twice baked potatoes. Scoop out the flesh of the sweet potatoes, mash is with some milk, salt, pepper and a little cheese then stuff it along with the turkey filling back into the skin. I topped it with the remaining mashed sweet potatoes and sharp white cheddar cheese, then baked it again until the cheese was melted. The result, completely non-traditional, but super delicious Turkey Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Sweet Potatoes!