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Author Notes: This was the first recipe posted on my blog this past June. I chose it because it fully encompasses my tagline.....Clean Healthy and Yummy! I love Sweet Potatoes in sweets and savories. My little kids love this dish as well. The addition of cinnamon adds a nice flavor twist and balance to the other ingredients. This Shepherds Pie is great paired with a light side salad. - Marla
Makes about 10 servings
Sweet Potato Topping
- 4 large Sweet Potatoes cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup Non Fat Milk
- splashes Maple Syrup
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- pinch of Cinnamon and/or Nutmeg to taste
Shredded Turkey and Veggie Filling
- splashes Olive Oil for Pan
- 1 chopped Onion
- A few cloves chopped Garlic
- 1 cup Frozen Peas
- 2 handfuls Baby Spinach Leaves
- 1 pound Shredded Turkey (Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey works great here!)
- 14 ounces Can Cream of Mushroom Soup (not condensed)
- 1 handful Chopped Italian Parsley
- 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- You can add extra veggies if you wish. Mushrooms, carrots, celery, broccoli. Be creative here!
- Place sweet potatoes in large pot of boiling water, use enough water to cover. I left the skins on, they provide even more nutrients and flavor.
- Simmer Sweet Potatoes until they are cooked through about 20 minutes. Drain immediately.
- Add milk and desired seasonings. Mash sweet potatoes with a fork or potato masher. Set aside.
- Pre heat oven to 375? degrees.
- Heat a large sauté pan with the olive oil over medium heat. It is easiest to use a pan that can go straight into the oven so you only have one pot to clean up. Saute the onion until softened and fragrant.
- Add mushroom soup, peas and other veggies to pan. Add parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes until spinach wilts and vegetables cook through. If there is too much liquid in the pan you can spoon it out so the filling doesn't get too runny.
- Take pan off the stove and spoon or use a spatula to cover the top with the mashed sweet potatoes. Here you can be "fancy" and let the kids help to create a pattern on the top. Beware that this is a very hot pan, so maybe second thoughts on help from the kids. They can re-decorate when you serve them their portion!
- Sprinkle some cinnamon or nutmeg on the top. Place in pre-heated oven and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove, let sit a few minutes and serve.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for Turkey Leftovers