This easy ground turkey shepherd’s pie is the perfect comforting dish to make for your family! A flavorful meat base is topped with cream mashed potatoes and melty cheese – so tasty and filling. Make this gluten free recipe for a cozy Sunday dinner or bring it to a potluck to share.
It’s about this time every year when I start to crave comfort food. Cooler weather has me craving creamy mashed potatoes and hearty casseroles. If you’re gluten free, you might be wondering how to adapt recipes to suit your dietary needs.
One of our family’s favorites is naturally gluten free – this easy turkey shepherd’s pie. The recipe for this shepherd’s pie came from a book called Desperation Dinners that has lots of great recipes. It’s a book I used often before we had food allergies, and I still use it, because many of the recipes can be easily adapted.
I’ve adapted this recipe to be a little lighter, and the original version called for peas, not mushrooms. But we love mushrooms, so we put them in everything we can! If you love peas, feel free to add those in as well.
This is a very fast recipe, easy to throw together on a busy night.
If you’re looking for a vegan dish, try my vegan shepherd’s pie, which is also delicious and hearty!
- Ground Turkey – Make sure you get 93% lean ground turkey. If you get ground turkey with a lower fat content, the meat will be dry and have less flavor.
- Mushrooms – I like to use white button mushrooms, but you could also use baby bella mushrooms.
- Worcestershire Sauce – In the United States, many brands of Worcestershire sauce are gluten free. Be sure to read the label, and take a look at this article for more information. You could also leave it out if you prefer.
Time Saving Steps
- Use refrigerated mashed potatoes instead of homemade (if that fits in with your dietary needs)
- Buy pre-sliced mushrooms
- Use frozen chopped onions
- Buy refrigerated minced garlic that comes in a jar
- If you need to use dairy substitutes, you can do that! Go ahead and use your favorite dairy free milk and then some dairy free cheese on top. I don’t recommend broiling the dairy free cheese however – it won’t brown and bubble the same way that dairy cheese does.
- Feel free to use ground beef or ground lamb in this dish if you prefer.
- If you like more vegetables, you can add carrots, green beans, or corn to the ground turkey mixture.
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Easy Ground Turkey Shepherd’s Pie (Gluten Free).
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 large onion for 1 cup chopped
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- 1 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 6 ounces button mushrooms sliced
- ½ cup water
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 cups mashed potatoes either homemade or store bought refrigerated will work
- 1 Tablespoons butter
- ½ cup reduced fat sour cream
- ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Turn on the oven broiler.
- Heat the oil and the onions in a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the ground turkey and mushrooms, raise heat to high, and cook the ground turkey until brown. Stir in Ketchup and Worcestershire and garlic.
- When the meat is fully browned reduce heat to medium low and simmer.
- Mix the cornstarch and water in a small cup. Add to the meat mixture and stir until the sauce thickens.
- Warm the potatoes according to package directions and add butter.
- Add the sour cream to the meat, and stir.
- Transfer the meat mixture to a large glass pie plate or casserole dish. Spread the potatoes over the top.
- Sprinkle cheese over potatoes. Place under broiler and broil until the cheese bubbles, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
What’s your favorite comfort food at this time of year? If you need more inspiration, try this quinoa sausage casserole.