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This is a lighter take on the classic dish, which originated in Britain as a cheap but hearty meal made with lamb and potatoes. Cauliflower is substituted for the potatoes (though potatoes are also inexpensive) and ground turkey for the lamb, but most of us can’t really taste a difference. At just $1.56 per serving it's a foodie favorite, and it's healthful, too.

Makes 4 Servings - $1.56 per serving Show Detailed Pricing

  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup green peas (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • dash of paprika 
  • pinches of salt and pepper, to taste 
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

1. Break cauliflower into florets and steam in a little bit of water in a pan with a lid until tender, about 7 minutes or until you can easily pierce cauliflower with a fork. Drain and add to a blender with milk, salt and pepper, and about a tablespoon of olive oil. Blend until mostly smooth with a few small chunks remaining to achieve the consistency of mashed potatoes.

2. Meanwhile, sauté onion with ground turkey in oil in a skillet over medium heat until the turkey is cooked through and beginning to brown. Add the peas and heat for another minute. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and a little bit of water to the consistency of a sloppy joe. Stir in a tablespoon of chopped parsley if you have it.

3. Put turkey, onion, and pea mixture into a pie or casserole dish and layer blended cauliflower on top. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until heated through and slightly browned, and garnish with the remaining parsley.

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Becki L. on 1/25/2018
Made this last night - agree with those below - easy to make and very good! My husband always said he didn’t like cauliflower - guess what - he loved this. I did use turkey (on sale for $2.29 lb) - my sister’s family is vegetarian so she will try using one of the substitutes for the turkey. I used my stick blender to mash the cauliflower - worked well.
Rating: 5
TheFiveDollarFoodie: Hi Becki, thanks so much for sharing this! We are so glad to hear your husband loved it. :) A tip for a vegetarian version -- sometimes we use chopped mushrooms instead of turkey (baby bella, portabella, or crimini work nicely), which is delicious (and vegan, too). Enjoy!
Michael G. on 1/18/2018
Made this tonight...This was real easy to make and real easy to enjoy...I made mine with beef, as that is what I am used to...though the next time I make this it will be with Turkey...and now looking forward to the leftovers.
Rating: 5
TheFiveDollarFoodie: Great to hear you enjoyed it! Beef would also be delicious... Thanks for sharing!
Derek T. on 1/18/2018
This was a blast from the past for me! My grandmother used to make Shepherd's Pie and I had all but forgotten about it. Not only was this nostalgic, it was delicious! The Worcestershire was the perfect subtle ingredient too by the way, would have never thought of it. Thanks for the recommendation.
Rating: 5