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Potato and Ground Beef Gratin

potato and ground beef gratin Entree French
Potato and Ground Beef Gratin
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 6

There are some times when only a meaty, hearty dish like this ground beef and potato casserole will do: try it on a cold weekend evening when you’re ready for a family supper, to deliver to a friend who would welcome a warm meal, or to take proudly to the neighborhood potluck. MORE+ LESS-

Updated October 25, 2018

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)

Steps

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  • 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.

Expert Tips

  • In a hurry? Grab frozen chopped onions and purchase your cheese already shredded.
  • Consider using a mandoline slicer to cut perfectly even, precisely thin potato slices that will cook at the same rate. You can buy a heavy stainless steel one, or a less expensive plastic one with an equally sharp metal blade.
  • A gratin is just a casserole filled with food that has a lightly browned crust of bread crumbs or melted cheese. In France cooks often use heavy white ceramic oval baking dishes that are also called gratins for all sorts of casserole-style foods.
  • Fresh herbs will perfume this comforting one-dish dinner—thyme has a mildly floral flavor that blends well with cheese. But go ahead and use any herbs you like or have on hand, like oregano, parsley, or basil.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
640
Calories from Fat
320
% Daily Value
Total Fat
36g
55%
Saturated Fat
20g
102%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
130mg
44%
Sodium
880mg
37%
Potassium
970mg
28%
Total Carbohydrate
45g
15%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
9g
Protein
35g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
10%
10%
Calcium
45%
45%
Iron
15%
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 Choice
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • There’s a reason that one-dish casseroles are such a popular main dish option. They’re invariably hearty and comforting, they come together with just one serving dish needed and they signal to everyone that you’ve taken the time to create a homemade specialty that will warm them from the inside out. This simple potato and ground beef gratin comes together quickly, because a ground beef recipe always means speedy prep. And when friends and family start asking, “Can you bring that ground beef casserole with potatoes?” you’ll know you have a go-to favorite on your hands. Interested in more speedy and economical dishes that center around ground beef? You’ll find time-tested favorites, family-friendly meals and modern new twists in our best ground beef recipes collection.

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