Sweet and Savory Cottage Pie

Total Time
1hr 35mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

For vegetarians, cooked lentils or cooked mung beans may be substituted for the turkey.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil all of the potatoes in water until tender.
  2. Drain well and mash the potatoes with the butter, buttermilk and 1/4 teaspoon sage; add salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan and saute the turkey, onion, garlic, carrots and zucchini for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the cayenne pepper, 2 teaspoons marjoram, 2 teaspoons sage, tomato paste and stock.
  5. Simmer, uncovered, gently for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Add the peas and adjust the seasoning.
  7. Put the turkey/vegetable mixture into the bottom of a 2 quart casserole and frost the top with the mashed potatoes.
  8. Sprinkle with the sunflower seed kernels and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350°F for 30 to 40 minutes.


Most Helpful

Great comfort food. I loved the combo of the sweet potato/ potato/ buttermilk topping for this casserole. I think next time I will increase the amount of potatoes so the layer will be thicker. I used a large square corningware pan so the potato layer was thinner than I would have prefered (not the recipes fault). As my family are not big fans of marjoram, I used only 1t of it and added 1t of thyme. That worked well for us and resulted in a very enjoyable meal I will make again!!!

Susie D July 25, 2004

We liked this but we didn't feel it was anything special, it is like a variation of shepard's pie or cottage pie, which ever name used. Couldn't find any sweet potatoes so I had to use yams, they worked just fine, except it make for a yellow looking top. Also found sunflower seeds to be way to expensive and too large an amount no small inexpensive packages available , so I subed with sliced almonds I had on hand. It was a nice variation of cottage pie and the cayenne gave it a little zip. Without the cayenne I think it would have been very bland, perhaps because fresh herbs are used they should have been double what was called for, the cayenne definately overpowered them. We did enjoy it as an every day type meal. Good Luck in the contest.

Derf July 06, 2004

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