Recipe: Mini Shepherd’s Pies

Dinner Recipes, Poultry Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

Traditional Shepherd’s Pie is always good, but this twist using seasoned ground turkey, assorted veggies, and puff pastry as a shell is an amazing healthy recipe. These individual Shepherd’s Pies are adorable and delicious! A handheld meal or appetizer recipe everyone will rave about. In this recipe, I mashed my own “New Jersey” Sweet Potatoes (white sweet potatoes), but if you are in a rush, you could buy pre-made mashed potatoes and cut down on prep time even more.


This handheld mini shepherd's pie recipe is perfect for a crowd! This healthy muffin tin recipe made with turkey and puffed pastry is easy, but tastes gourmet.

Total Time: 80 minutes

Yield: 9 serving(s)


  • 2 sheets of puffed pastry dough thawed
  • 3 Baked sweet potatoes (I used New Jersey sweet potatoes, they are white) You could use pre-made mashed too.
  • 1/2 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 12 oz's of frozen mixed vegetables I use carrots, green beans, peas, & corn.
  • 3 dashes worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp grated (not powdered) parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive
  • 1 egg beaten with 2 tbsp water (egg wash)
  • 1/4 tsp thyme (fresh if you have it)


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Poke holes in sweet potatoes, wrap potatoes in tin foil, and bake for 50-60 min's or until fork tender.
  2. In medium sized heat extra virgin olive oil and brown ground turkey, drain turkey in a strainer then add in 1/2 packet of dry onion soup mix, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp thyme, and 3 dashes worcestershire sauce to ground meat and mix well.
  3. In a separate small pot heat frozen vegetables according to directions, and drain any excess liquid in a strainer. Then add in 1/2 tsp salt to vegetable mix.
  4. Cut 2 puffed pastry sheets into 9 squares, 3 rows across, and 3 rows down. You will have 18 squares total.
  5. When sweet potatoes are done, peel, and mash up well in a bowl. I used a hand potato masher, but you could use a mixer. Add in 5 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese to mashed sweet potatoes.
  6. Set up a meat, veggies, potato station and fill your pies. I did 1 tbsp seasoned ground turkey mix, 1/2 tbsp vegetables, and 1/2 tbsp mashed sweet potatoes.
  7. Brush the puffed pastry edges with the beaten egg wash, and bake for 16-20 minutes until golden brown. In my oven 16 minutes was perfect!
  8. Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika if you like. Cool about 3 minutes then remove from muffin tin to serving plate.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving Size: Makes 18 mini-pies

2 mini-pies | 375 calories, 12 grams protein, 20 grams fat, 37 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber, 5 grams sugar

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I found that the meat was a little dry. Maybe the turkey was too lean? Does anyone have a thought about adding some liquid?

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