One of my favorite comfort foods is a delicious Shepherd's Pie...so easy to do gluten free. Many versions, however, are laden with fat and extra calories. Here is a version that is much healthier but retains all of the flavor. Pair this with a nice green salad and a warm slice of crusty gluten free peasant bread and you have an amazing dinner that will warm up your heart and soul.
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place 6 medium peeled potatoes (Yukon Gold's work great here) in a pan with enough water to cover the potatoes. Set the pan on high and bring it to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender.
3. Drain the potatoes and transfer to a large bowl and add 1/4 cup of light sour cream (Daisy is gluten free) and 1 Tbs. of butter. Mash this all until smooth and season to taste with salt and set aside.
4. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbs. of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup of chopped onion, 2 medium carrots diced and 2 medium stalk of celery diced (organic celery has amazing flavor..so worth it). Cook this until soft..about 3 minutes.
5. Add 1 pound of uncooked ground turkey and cook until the turkey is browned (break up the turkey as it cooks). This will take about 5 minutes.
6. Next add 3 Tbs. of gluten free flout (I use Bob's Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour), 1 tsp. of dried rosemary (adds the best flavor), 1 tsp. of dried thyme, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 1/4 tsp. of pepper. Stir this all to coat.
7. Next add 2 cups of gluten free chicken broth (Pacific and Imagine make gluten free broth) ad bring to a simmer. Simmer this all until the mixture thickens (about 3-5 minutes).
8. Transfer the turkey mixture to a casserole dish and spread the mashed potatoes over the top using the back of a spoon. Drizzle a little olive oil over the top and bake it all until the potatoes are golden..about 30 minutes.
Every time I make this it turns out amazing and I forget that I am eating turkey instead of beef or lamb.
I wish you warm hearts, happy homes and dinners that make you smile! xo