Ground turkey and vegetables combine with fresh dill before being topped with sweet and salty sweet potato fries.
Comfort food season is in full effect, my friends. Here in my neck of the woods, the snow is falling and the ground covered in a beautiful, sparkly Winter wonderland. It literally looks like a snow globe outside my window and I couldn’t be happier.
When it comes to classic comfort dishes, I am all about using healthier ingredients to hit all of the flavor and texture notes we crave from food. Instead of a butter-filled pie crust, I top my Lighter (Dairy Free) Chicken Pot Pie with light and flaky phyllo dough.
Cauliflower is pureed with sharp parmigiano reggiano cheese and spicy dijon mustard in my decadent Creamy Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower.
And when it comes to chili, I love topping it with avocado and cilantro instead of sour cream and frito chips.
Not only will your swimsuit thank you come Spring but your body will feel energized and happy after the meal, not weighed down begging to be hidden in a giant sweater.
Although I’m all for giant sweaters and leggings this time of year. Just sayin’.
Your fork is waiting.
Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Fries
- 16 oz ground turkey breast
- 1 medium onion (diced)
- 4 cloves garlic (grated)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 carrots (diced)
- 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour (or all purpose)
- 1 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
- 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
- ¼ cup fresh dill
- Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries (for topping)
- Prepare Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries and bake for 30 minutes or until crispy.
- While fries are baking, heat deep saucepan over medium-high heat and add ground turkey. Use a potato masher to break down the turkey a bit then add diced onions, grated garlic, salt, pepper, and carrots.
- Stir turkey and vegetable mixture frequently with a wooden spoon until turkey is cooked through and veggies are soft about 10-12 minutes.
- When turkey starts to become golden brown and delicious, add flour and cook for 30 seconds stirring frequently.
- Add chicken broth to the pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape up browned bits from the bottom. Stir in frozen vegetables then bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 5-10 minutes. Stir every minute or check the thickness of the gravy. Feel free to add more broth if the sauce is too thick.
- When the sweet potato fries are hot and ready, add fresh dill to the turkey mixture. Check for seasoning and add salt or pepper if necessary.
- Serve sweet potatoes on top of the turkey mixture to create Shepherd’s Pie or simply serve side by side.
Steered! Not smeared! Gahhhh!
Ah crap, swimsuit season! I’ve smeared waaay clear of my favorite winter “comfort” foods but think I might have to try these. Great substitutionsM
Let me know what you think!!
I love love love that snowglobe! So adorable!
Thank you friend!! Our photographer is the best. :-)
That picture of y’all in the snow globe is absolutely precious! How did you make it?! And I’ve been craving sweet potato shepherd’s pie, but I’ve only seen it with mashed sweet potatoes before- great twist!
Thank you so much!!! Our photographer did it – I have no idea how but I’m guessing it was some photo shop thing?? He is so cool and talented!!
Love the idea of using sweet potato fries as a topping for shepherd’s pie!
It totally came to me on a whim but it was a huge hit – you really can’t go wrong with sweet potato fries involved. ;-)
Best food EVAHHHH!!
Have fun in Mexico you lucky B!!! xo
I love that snow globe photo! And that sweet potato topping is so perfect.
Thank you so much!! Let me know if you try it – and make extra fries. ;-)
deeeeelicious looking! I’ve never thought to top Shepherd’s pie with anything other than mashed potatoes, but I can easily see how this would totally work and taste amazing.
We love doing various toppings. Another tasty one was butternut squash and parsnips – super tasty!!! Let me know if you try this!
Oh I love that snowglobe! It looks like it came straight out of a scene from a movie! And this shepherds pie… love this idea. I have some leftover ground turkey in the freezer… might just have to use it to make this!
Aww thank you!!! Our photographer is super talented!! Let me know if you give this a try – it’s definitely up your alley!
What a genius take on shepard’s pie! I love that you don’t have to dirty up your mixer to make the mashed potato topping. Fries are always better in my book! :)
I am all about saving a pan – hahah!! Plus I use tin foil on the baking sheet when making the fries so no washing there either. ;-)
Great post Liz – I really loved the chicken pot pie btw! It was a hit :)
I’m so glad to hear!! I love anything phyllo.
Oh I’m so glad you liked the pot pie!!! I’ve been craving it again!
I love a good sweet potato…anything!!
Same here!! Such a versatile food. :-)
Girl you need to get out of my head! I have shepherd’s topped with mashed sweet potato on my to make list for this week. Love that you used sweet potato fries though!
No way!!! Great minds think alike!! Too funny. :) I don’t want to get out of your head!
Sweet potatoes! Duh! Why didn’t I think of that?!
For some reason, we never have white potatoes in the house (never did growing up either) but I always crave shepherd’s pie in the Winter!!
Mmm so many healthy tips! This looks delicious as always.
Thank you friend! xoxo
Oh what – what a brilliant idea to top with Sweet Potato Fries! Loving this recipe.
Thanks Kristen!!! It was a huge hit – the fresh dill really adds so much flavor!
yum. looks so hearty while still being healthy – I’ll definitely be trying this!
Let me know what you think!! This was a family hit. :)
Love this idea!! Sweet potato fries on top?? Perfect!
I’m so glad you don’t think I’m a lunatic for doing that!! For a minute I thought I had lost my mind.
I have been craving shepherd’s pie and I’m all for a sweet potato topping. Brilliant, girl!
Thank you friend!! You would love this..I’m sure of it! xo
Using sweet potato fries for a shepherd’s pie topping is absolutely brilliant! And I love that snowglobe photo.
Thank you so much!!! I was a little worried I had officially lost my mind with this one!! :-)