MEAT AND POTATOES CASSEROLE RECIPE
By: Andi from The Weary Chef
If you like shepherd’s pie, you’ll love this new and improved version, Meat and Potatoes Casserole. The simplicity of this ground beef casserole is what makes it great. It uses basic ingredients like ground beef, frozen mixed vegetables, and potatoes for a hearty meal that will fill you up. With a made-from-scratch sauce and wholesome ingredients, you can feel free to indulge in all of the homestyle flavors that you know and love. Like traditional shepherd’s pie, this casserole starts with beef and veggies. What sets this apart is the potato topping that is made with cubed potatoes instead of the typical mashed potatoes.
16 to 20 ounces ground beef
½ onion, diced
½ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, green beans, corn)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 ½ cup milk
½ cup shredded cheese (Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend)
salt and pepper to taste
½ cup sour cream
1 (32-ounce) bag frozen cubed or tri-cut potatoes (you will only need about ⅔ of the bag)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Sprays a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground meat, onion, oregano, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring often and crumbling the meat until onions are tender and meat is mostly cooked through. Stir in garlic and vegetables, and continue cooking until vegetables are heated.
3. Meanwhile, in a smaller skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter until smooth. Stir in milk a small amount at a time, whisking constantly to keep mixture smooth. Bring sauce to a simmer. Turn off heat, and stir in cheese, a pinch of salt, and pepper to taste.
4. Stir sour cream into meat mixture, and spread meat and vegetables into the prepared baking dish. Arrange an even layer of frozen potatoes over the meat, and then pour the cream sauce evenly over the potatoes. Gently jiggle the pan back and forth a few times to allow the sauce to sink into the meat a bit.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 60 minutes, until potatoes are browned to your liking.