From The Chew: Turkey Shepherd's Pie

What’s more comforting on a cold night that hearty, gooey shepherd’s pie? Too bad the traditional version is terrible for you! Fortunately, there’s a fix: My take on it replaces the potatoes with cauliflower and the beef or lamb with turkey for a much healthier—but just as delicious—recipe.

Clinton Kelly Healthy Shepherd's Pie

Turkey Shepherd's Pie


  • 2 heads cauliflower (cut into florets)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 carrot (diced)
  • 1 stalk celery (diced)
  • 1 pound ground turkey (mix of dark and white meat)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1 1/2 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons thyme (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 cup peas (fresh or frozen, thawed)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Place whole garlic cloves in a sheet of foil and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast until softened, about 25 minutes.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and cook for 5 minutes, until fork tender. Drain cauliflower. Puree the cauliflower, roasted garlic, olive oil, yogurt and parmesan until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a medium cast iron pan, add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the onions, carrots and celery, sauté until translucent. Add the turkey, season with salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through. Add in the tomato paste and allow to cook for 3 minutes, until rich in color.
  • Sprinkle the meat with flour and toss to coat, cooking another minute. Add in the red wine, scraping the bottom of the pan and cook for another 2 minutes. Add chicken stock, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, rosemary and peas. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

Turn on the broiler. Top meat mixture with roasted cauliflower puree and place under broiler until golden and crispy, about 5 minutes.

If desired, you can make the entire recipe ahead up to this point and refrigerate, then warm in the oven and finish in the broiler when you’re ready to serve it.

Turkey Shepherd's Pie

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Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

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