Shepherd's Pie with Cheese

  • 15min
    prep time
  • 1hr 15min
    total time
  • 6

Serve up this Shepherd’s Pie and you’ll be seeing smiles all around the table. Sweet potatoes join not one but two kinds of Tillamook Cheese for a dish that’s cozy, satisfying, and party-perfect.

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  • 2 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons Tillamook Butter, melted
  • 1½ cups Tillamook Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 14 oz (about 3 cups) mirepoix (mixture of onions, carrots, celery, finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons ground curry
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups Extra Sharp Tillamook Cheddar Cheese, grated & divided
  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake sweet potatoes for 45 minutes on a foil-lined baking sheet, or until tender. Allow to cool for a few minutes; peel.

  • Step 2

    Place the sweet potatoes in a large bowl and add the nutmeg, butter, and Monterey Jack cheese. Whip until creamy and smooth. Salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

  • Step 3

    In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, for 4-5 minutes. Stir in the mirepoix (carrots, celery, onions) along with salt and pepper, and 1/2 cup water. Cover and cook over medium heat, stirring once or twice, for about 6-7 minutes, adding more water if necessary. Uncover and stir in the ground curry, peas, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 2 minutes, then remove from heat. Add 1 1/2 cups of grated Extra Sharp Tillamook Cheddar Cheese.

  • Step 4

    Place mixture in a 9x13 pan (prepared with cooking spray). Spread potatoes over the mixture; sprinkle with nutmeg.

  • Step 5

    Bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 25 minutes. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1/2 cup Extra Sharp Tillamook Cheddar Cheese; bake another 5-7 minutes.

  • Step 6

    Serve immediately!

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