Potato and Ground Beef Gratin

Comfort food at its finest! Don’t pass on this casserole of beef and potatoes in a creamy Cheddar sauce.

  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 1 hr 45 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 6

Ingredients

1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
3
tablespoons butter or margarine
1
small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
3
tablespoons all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
3
cups milk
3
cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese (12 oz)
6
medium white potatoes (2 1/2 lb), peeled, thinly sliced (6 cups)
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 10-inch skillet, cook beef, salt and pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onion; cook about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in flour. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in thyme.
  • 4 Stir milk into onion mixture. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese until melted.
  • 5 Spread half of the potatoes in baking dish. Top with beef; spread remaining potatoes over beef. Pour cheese sauce over potatoes.
  • 6 Cover with foil; bake 45 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese over potatoes. Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes longer or until top is brown and bubbly and potatoes are tender. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Serving
    Calories
    640
    (
    Calories from Fat
    320),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    36g
    36%
    (Saturated Fat
    20g,
    20%
    Trans Fat
    1 1/2g
    1 1/2%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    130mg
    130%;
    Sodium
    880mg
    880%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    45g
    45%
    (Dietary Fiber
    4g
    4%
      Sugars
    9g
    9%
    ),
    Protein
    35g
    35%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    20%;
    Vitamin C
    10%;
    Calcium
    45%;
    Iron
    15%;
    Exchanges:
    2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 4 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    3
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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