I’ve really got to get better at photographing this stuff. The first few pictures were just steam (lol) so I decided to pitch them. There’ll be more text and less photos at the beginning, so hopefully you don’t care that much. I love shepherd’s pie and well, I wanted to do something to make it a little healthier. So here’s my take on it. You can make your mashed cauliflower any way you like, but I will detail what I do to make it for this recipe. This tastes amazing .. I’ve already gone back for more!
Country Cottage Pie
1 head cauliflower, cut cooked and mashed (I mash mine with 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup light sour cream)
1 lb ground turkey
6 mini sweet peppers (2 red, 2 yellow, 2 orange), chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
1 small sweet onion, chopped
6 mushrooms, chopped
2 tbsp garlic, diced
2 tbsp worchestershire sauce
2 TBSP flour
1/4 cup water
3 sprigs fresh thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups frozen peas
1 cup shredded low fat cheese
I prepare my mashed cauliflower first, just so I can set it aside. Well actually I do it while I’m doing the meat and veggies, it’s just easier to put that down first then go onto the rest of the pie. I cut out the florets off a head of cauliflower and boil the heck out of it. Once it’s done, I drain well, add 1/4 cup of grated parmesan and 1/4 cup of light sour cream then mash, baby mash! I like to add some pepper but the parmesan is salty so additional salt shouldn’t be needed.You can prepare them however you like, just make sure it’s a head and it’s mashed. This subs as the mashed potatoes in a real shepherd’s or cottage pie.
Now the bottom layer! Heat the olive oil in a skillet on medium high and cook the onions, peppers, garlic, and mushrooms for 3-5 minutes. Add the ground turkey and salt and pepper and turn to high, cooking until everything is done. Add in the worchestershire sauce and stir well. The sauce just adds a bit beefier taste since we are using ground turkey. Sprinkle in the flour and add the water then strip the thyme leaves into the goodness and stir well, cooking until there’s a nice gravy formed.
Preheat the oven to 350 and get ready to build! In a casserole dish, put down the meat and veggie mixture. On top of that layer the frozen peas. Give peas a chance.
After that? Layer that gorgeous mashed cauliflower on top and sprinkle the cheese. It should look like this beautiful photo below!
Then this bad boy is ready for the oven. Bake it at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melty. See photo below. Note: You can let it go a little longer if you like browner cheese. This is just to my liking. At this point everything is cooked so it’s just to let flavors meld.