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Olga Drozd

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Turkey or Chicken Shepherd's Pie
« on: October 09, 2017, 08:25:21 PM »
Turkey or Chicken Shepherd's Pie

This is a turkey version of the old fashioned English pie of meat topped with mashed potatoes, which was originally made with mutton and subsequently with beef.

2 pounds boiling potatoes
4 to 5 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
Salt and ground white pepper to taste
Freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/3 cup chopped celery
1 medium carrot, finely diced
3 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey or chicken
2 to 3 Tablespoons tomato paste or puree
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 cup chicken stock or broth
4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
1 teaspoon dried marjoram, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Freshly ground pepper
2 to 3 Tablespoons grated Cheddar or Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cook the potatoes in their skins in water to cover about 30 to 35 minutes or until tender.  Peel the, return to saucepan and mash them.  With a wooden spoon, beat in butter and milk over low heat. Season to taste with salt, white pepper, and nutmeg.

In a large, deep skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion, celery, and carrot and saute about 7 minutes or until softened.  Stir in garlic, then turkey and saute, stirring to separate meat particles, about 7 minutes. Stir in 2 Tablespoons tomato paste, wine, and stock.  Simmer over low heat 5 minutes.  Mix cornstarch solution and stir into sauce.  Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes, stirring often, until thick.  Add thyme, marjoram, and parsley.  Add more tomato paste if desired.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon turkey mixture into a 2 1/2 to 3 quart shallow baking dish.  Gently spoon potatoes in spoonfuls on top.  Spread potatoes lightly to completely cover turkey mixture.  Lightly make a decorative lines in potatoes with tines of a fork.  Sprinkle with cheese if desired.  Dish can be kept, covered, overnight in refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Set baking dish on a baking sheet.  Bake 40 minutes or until lightly browned.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.
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