Laughter is brightest where food is best…

On a cold night there is nothing better than a warm hearty dish and since St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner I decided to be adventurous and make Cottage Pie. Cottage pie is also known as Shepard’s pie, it is a traditional UK dish that usually consists of a base made from beef, lamb, or mutton and topped with mashed potatoes. How can you go wrong with this dish?! 

I decided to put my own twist on this classic by using ground turkey (fewer calories and less fat than beef or mutton) and added deliciously sweet parsnips and horseradish cream to my mashed potatoes.  PURE HEAVEN! Parsnips are a root vegetable (a relative of the carrot) and are jammed packed with vitamins, minerals, potassium, and fiber! The result was a warm deliciously satisfying dish that my ancestors would be proud of. 🙂 Enjoy!

Cottage Pie with Ground Turkey and Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Yields: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 3 Large Carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 14 oz. Can of No Salt Added Sweet Peas, rinsed
  • 2 Large Parsnips, peeled and cut into 2 inch sized chunks
  • 1/2 Large White Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cups Organic Low Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tb. Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tb. Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Freshly Cracked Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Light Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 4 Tb Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 Dried Bay Leaf
  • 2 Tb. Horseradish Cream
  • 1 lb. Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch sized chunks
  • 1 lb. ground turkey (try not to get only white meat, get 93% lean if you can, it adds more flavor)
  • Fresh Parsley – Optional Topping
  • Salt & Pepper to taste for Mashed Potatoes & Parsnips


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prepare pie dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Chop onion and carrots
  4. Cut potatoes and parsnips into 2 inch sized chunks
  5. Place bay leaf and a pinch of salt into a large pot of water, once water is boiling place potatoes and parsnips in pot then bring to a boil again. Boil until potatoes and parsnips can be pierced with a knife (usually 15 to 20 minutes) then drain.
  6. Drizzle 2 Tb. of vegetable oil in the bottom of a deep dish saute pan then place ground turkey in. Use a wooden spoon to break up the turkey periodically. Make sure to stir turkey around to brown completely, this takes about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Add onions and carrots to turkey and cook for 2-5 minutes.
  8. Add tomato paste, fresh thyme, flour, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chicken stock, and peas to turkey, cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring periodically.
  9. Once potatoes and parsnips are drained smash in the pot used for boiling and add sour cream, horseradish cream, buttermilk, and butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Pour turkey mixture in pie dish then top with mashed potatoes and parsnips. Drag a fork through the topping lightly to create “peaks and valleys” (for looks 🙂 )
  11. Bake for 20 minutes, then allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

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2 Comments on “Laughter is brightest where food is best…”

  1. jaime
    March 2, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

    This is perfect! My mom has been looking for a recipe for shepards pie(she LOVES it) and I don’t eat beef so I am passing this along to her to make it for me(hehe 😉


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