Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 Medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 4 thick cut slices of Bacon, diced
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lg Leek
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 tsp minced fresh sage
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of Chicken Stock
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup heavy cream, heated
  • 6 Tbs unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbs Reserved Bacon fat
  • 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Place the sweet potatoes in a large pot and fill with water till it covers the potatoes by about 2 inches. Salt the water generously like you would for pasta and bring it to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow the potatoes to boil for about 40 minutes or until they are fork tender.
  2. Meanwhile in a large skillet cook the chopped bacon over medium-high heat until crispy. Spoon out the crispy bacon bits and allow them to drain on a paper towel lined plate. Spoon into a small bowl about 2 tablespoons of the rendered bacon fat and set aside; leave the remaining bacon fat in the pan. If needed, add a little bit of extra virgin olive oil to the pan then toss in your leeks. Season with a pinch of salt and cook stirring occasionally until the leeks are soft, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic to the pan and cook stirring for about a minute. Stir the mushrooms into the mixture and allow to cook so that the mushrooms get a nice brown color. This will take about 3-4 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt.
  3. Push your mushroom-leek mixture to one side of the pan and add your ground turkey to the other side of the pan. Raise the heat to high, sprinkle the turkey with 1 tsp of salt and begin to break up the meat while it cooks. Cook the meat till it’s browned which will take between 7-10 minutes. Combine the meat with the mushroom –leek mixture then stir in the carrots, sage, and 1 tsp of black pepper. Cook the mixture stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until the carrots are crisp tender.
  4. Add the flour to the mix and stir for about a minute. Stir in the chicken stock and soy sauce then bring to a simmer. Allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. While the meat mixture is simmering, drain the sweet potatoes and mash them using a potato masher, or ricer. Add the cream, butter and reserved bacon fat to the mashed potatoes and stir till just combined. Sprinkle in the rosemary leaves, ¾ of the cooked bacon and season with salt to taste. Fold in the maple syrup to give a hint of sweetness. The potatoes should be smooth and silky.
  6. Set the broiler rack 6 inches from the heat source, and then preheat the broiler. Dollop the Sweet Potatoes on top of the meat mixture and spread so that it covers the top evenly. Transfer the skillet to the broiler rack and allow to broil till the top of the potatoes is golden. This will take about 3 minutes. Garnish with the last bits of the cooked bacon and serve hot!
Recipe by janie-jean at http://janie-jean.com/2014/10/21/sweet-potato-shepherds-pie/