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Turkey and Mushroom Shepard’s Pie

I am realizing now that I probably shouldn’t have asked what your favorite comfort food was for the Le Creuset Giveaway. Not because it is a bad question. Or an uninteresting question. But because reading all of your responses has made this pregnant lady crave even more comfort food, as if she wasn’t craving it enough. But oh well a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do and this girl just had to make this Shepard’s Pie variation with ground turkey, mushrooms, onions, corn and rosemary mashed potatoes.

There is a bit of work to this dish. I like to think of comfort food as food that might take a bit longer to prepare but is worth every minute spent on it. Dishes that are perfect for those cold, rainy, October Sundays. Dishes that make the house smell amazing. Dishes that warm your tummy and your soul. At least that is what comfort food is to me. And this dish is exactly that. So while you’re making the mashed potatoes and sauteing the vegetables and waiting for it all to bake up to bubbly goodness just know that it’s worth it. And it’s also worth knowing that you’ll want a nap afterward so keep a pillow close by.

Note: I used an stove to oven pan for this recipe and it made things quite easy. With that said if you don’t have a pan that is big enough simply make each component separately and then layer it in a casserole dish.

turkey and mushroom shepards pie in pan.

Turkey and Mushroom Shepard's Pie

Comfort food heaven creamy mushrooms, onions, corn and turkey topped with rosemary mashed potatoes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings



  • 6 medium russet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 - 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt plus more as desired
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus more as desired
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 10 crimini mushrooms sliced (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups mushroom broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup frozen corn


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place potatoes in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook until fork tender and drain.
  • Return the potatoes to the pot add in butter and milk. Whip with a hand held mixer or use a potato masher. Once creamy, stir in salt, pepper and rosemary. Reduce heat to low and cover while you prepare the rest of the dish.
  • In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Cook turkey until cooked through and no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
  • In the same skillet heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, stir in onions, garlic and mushrooms. Cook until onions are softened and mushrooms have browned slightly, about 7 minutes. Stir in flour. Allow to cook 1 minute and slowly whisk in the mushroom broth. Continue cooking until sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Stir in cream cheese and Worcestershire. Once the cream cheese has melted return the turkey to the pan and stir in corn. Mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • If your pan is oven proof, at this time spread the rosemary potatoes over the top. If you are transferring to a casserole dish, transfer the turkey mixture to a 9 x 13 baking dish. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the top.
  • Bake the Shepard's Pie in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 - 4 minutes or until potatoes brown slightly. Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve.


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Keywords: casserole, comfort food, dinner, fall, Food, ground turkey, mashed potatoes, mushroom, Recipe, rosemary mashed potatoes, shepard's pie

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    Mordred Pentangle
    May 4, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Excellent recipe. Very hearty dish. I substituted sour cream for the cream cheese , also I used mushroom seasoning from an Asian market , and asparagus. What I had in my fridge that day, without going to the store. I found the recipe by googling recipe with ground turkey , mushroom , onion and potatoes. Wonderful! Thank you

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      Des @ Life's Ambrosia
      May 4, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      So happy that you enjoyed it!! I will have to look for mushroom seasoning next time I am at the Asian market. I think that that would come in handy!

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    September 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I just made this – but its for Sunday lunch. I did not have mushroom broth, so I ‘made’ chicken broth with water and bouillon – I didn’t think i used much bouillon, but it made the flavour of the sauce a funny kind of strong. And the second sub that I did was to use cream and cheese instead of cream cheese…. silly, but it does kind of work in some things. :-) My 3rd sub was to use frozen peas & carrots mix. I personally don’t think it’ll matter too much in the end. Despite the bouillon-flavour in the sauce, my taster bites were delicious!

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    January 23, 2012 at 8:19 am

    This turned out great! I really liked using turkey instead of beef or lamb and the mushrooms were a fantastic idea.

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    October 15, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Oooohhh, this looks so yummy, and now I’m craving Shepherd’s Pie too! I will definitely be bookmarking this and making it soon… although I may have to leave out the corn (or just put corn in half of it), because unfortunately my bf doesn’t like corn. He just doesn’t know what he’s missing out on!

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    October 15, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Even when they have ingredients I don’t use (in this case, corn and potatoes) your recipes always sound so good to me!

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    October 14, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I hope this is not a duplicate. I am a great fan of shepherd’s pie. I am glad for cooler weather to justify making these more hearty dishes.

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