Fortnightly Note

Gobble Pie Recipe


This gobble pie recipe is our version of a traditional cottage pie or shepherd's pie, but using turkey instead of beef or lamb. 

Of course, you could make it with those meats too. It's just that one of our family members doesn't eat red meat, meaning I've had to modify recipes in order to include them.

Although I make the "crust" using mashed potato, it's perfectly possible to do so using parsnip, celeriac or even cauliflower mash. Yes, it does add to the carbohydrate content of the meal, but when you eat as little CHO across an average day as I do, that little bit of mashed potato has a negligible effect.

If we're honest, nobody ever got fat or sick by eating a little bit of mashed potato; "keto" baked goods and similar are far more ultra-processed and more likely to derail you from your goals than something you cooked from scratch in your own kitchen.

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are a traditional herb combination, but you could almost certainly substitute mixed herbs in this gobble pie recipe and get a similar result. The real flavour enhancer in the recipe is the Worcestershire sauce. It's a British classic; if you've never tried it, you're missing out. I've linked to the brand we use, but you can get it in most supermarkets (I buy it in the supermarket, not online).

Like many of my recipes, gobble pie is designed to be simple to make and tasty enough that our children will eat plenty of it. There are often no leftovers from this dish.

Gobble Pie Recipe

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Children


For the meat...

  • 500g Turkey Thigh Mince
  • 2 large Carrots - chopped
  • 1 large Onion - chopped
  • 3 sticks Celery - chopped
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp each of dried Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme
  • Salt to taste

For the mash...

  • 3 large Potatoes - cut into 3 or 4 pieces
  • Large knob of Butter
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Mustard (optional)
  • 100g Cheddar or mixed cheese - grated


Preheat the oven to 180ºC (360ºF).

Boil the potatoes until soft.

Mash the potatoes with a large knob of butter and salt to taste. Add mustard if desired.

While the potatoes are boiling...

Soften the onions, celery, carrots and herbs with a pinch of salt in a little butter.

Add the turkey mince and cook until browned.

Add the Worcestershire sauce and cook for a further 2 minutes.

Empty the mince mixture into an oven-proof dish and cover with the mashed potato.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the mashed potato crust has crisped up nicely.

Serve piping hot.

Will Newton

In over twenty years of coaching, I have coached everyone from absolute beginners to world champions.
My interest in getting the best results for people who train for health and fitness or the love of sport, rather than as professionals, drives me to find the most effective ways to get results.
My mission is simple: Be in better shape at 70 than most people are at 20, and to help you do the same.

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