Shepherd’s Pie with Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles #JDCrumbles

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Shepherd’s pie (or cottage pie) is a fun Irish meal to serve on St. Patrick’s Day. It is a tasty and filling “meat and potatoes” dish with a hearty dose of veggies tossed in.

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For many people, a traditional shepherd’s pie contains mutton. If it contains anything other than mutton, some would call it cottage pie. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never even tasted mutton – I’ve always made my shepherd’s pie with beef. However, for a fun, time-saving twist I recently started using Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles.

The sausage crumbles are pre-cooked, which saves you a step. In addition to saving time, the turkey sausage crumbles have only 4 grams of fat per serving, yet still provide amazing flavor to the dish.

Oh, and for you moms out there, this dish is a perfect way to get your kids to eat more vegetables. It is packed with carrots, peas, corn, onions and mushrooms… but once you mix those veggies with the flavorful sausage, and cover them with a layer of creamy mashed potatoes, your kids will happily eat them up without even realizing it.

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The first step to creating your shepherd’s pie is peeling, dicing, chopping and slicing. After all of your ingredients are prepped, put the potatoes in a pot of boiling water and the onions in a large pre-heated skillet. While the potatoes are boiling, saute the onions until they are nice and brown. Once the onions are browned, add the mushrooms to the skillet and saute for about 5 more minutes.

Next, add the carrots, corn, peas and Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles to the onions and mushrooms. While they are cooking, add 1/2 packet to 1 full packet of french onion soup mix to 3/4 cup of low-sodium beef broth, and then pour the mixture over the vegetables and sausage in the skillet. If you add the entire package of french onion soup mix, it gets pretty salty. If you like salty, add the entire packet. I chose to add about 2 tablespoons of the seasoning packet instead of the entire packet.

I do not like my shepherd’s pie filling to be liquidy, so I add about 2 teaspoons corn starch to the pan to thicken up the sauce. To do this, I just create a “hole” in the middle of the skillet by moving the veggies aside with a spoon. I then add the corn starch to the liquid that fills the hole and incorporate it before stirring it throughout. Once incorporated, turn the stove to medium/low, and let the vegetables and sausage continue to cook while you make the mashed potatoes.

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When the potatoes are soft (about 20 minutes), drain them and put them in a food processor or mixer. Add 1/4 cup cream or half and half, a couple of tablespoons of butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix the potatoes until creamy.

Pour the vegetable and meat filling into a deep pie plate, 8×8 pan, or individual ramekins. Spread the mashed potatoes over the filling.

If all of the vegetables in the filling are cooked to your liking, you can simply put the shepherd’s pie under the broiler for about 5 minutes to brown the potatoes. I, however, typically like to soften the carrots a bit more, and give the flavors more time to blend. Therefore, I put my shepherd’s pie in oven at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Then, I put the shepherd’s pie under the broiler to brown the mashed potatoes.

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Now, all that’s left is to enjoy these delicious flavors. It is also great as a leftover.

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Shepherd's Pie with Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles
 
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Ingredients
For Potatoes
  • 2 lbs potatoes, cut into cubes
  • ¼ cup cream or half & half
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
For Filling
  • 1 Package Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 pint mushrooms, sliced
  • ¾ cup low-sodium beef broth
  • ½ to 1 packet of french onion soup mix
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add the potatoes to a large pot of boiling water seasoned with a pinch of salt. Cook the potatoes until soft, about 20 minutes.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, add the onions to a large pre-heated skillet. Saute the onions until they are nice and brown. Once the onions are browned, add the mushrooms to the skillet and saute for about 5 more minutes.
  3. Add the carrots, corn, peas and Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Crumbles to the onions and mushrooms. While they are cooking, add ½ packet to 1 full packet of french onion soup mix to ¾ cup of low-sodium beef broth, and then add the mixture to the vegetables and sausage. Note: If you add the entire packet of french onion soup mix, it gets pretty salty. If you like salty, add the entire packet. I chose to add about 2 tablespoons of the seasoning packet.
  4. Using your spatula or spoon, create a "hole" in the middle of the skillet by pulling the vegetables aside. Add corn starch to the liquid that fills the hole, and incorporate it before stirring it throughout.
  5. Turn the stove to medium/low, and let the vegetables and sausage continue to cook while you make the mashed potatoes. During this time, the corn starch will thicken the liquid in the pan.
  6. When the potatoes are soft, drain them and put them in a food processor or mixer. Add ¼ cup cream or half & half, a couple of tablespoons of butter, and salt and pepper to taste. Mix until creamy.
  7. Pour the vegetable and sausage filling into a deep pie plate, 8x8 pan, or individual ramekins, then spread the mashed potatoes over the filling.
  8. Put the shepherd's pie in oven at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes to let the flavors blend and allow the carrots to soften. Note: If all of the vegetables in the filling are cooked to your liking, you can skip the 20-30 minute cook time and skip to step 9.
  9. When cooked through, turn on the broiler and put the shepherd's pie under the broiler for about 5 minutes to brown the mashed potatoes.

Comments

  1. says

    I don’t like Shepherd’s pie with ground beef, but I like the idea of using sausage. It seems like it would make it taste better.

  2. says

    This looks like a great combination. I love Shepherd’s pie though it’s been a while. I think I’m going to have to make it soon. Such lovely comfort food!

  3. Alyssa says

    I found this recipe on pinterest. My family is vegan and I made this with some veg friendly substitutions and it was great! This is a very adaptable recipe- thanks!

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