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Potato and Ground Beef Gratin

  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 6

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

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

  • If you love kitchen gadgets, you may want to look into getting a mandoline. This hand-operated machine has blades that adjust for thin to thick slicing of firm vegetables and fruits. It works nicely for slicing the potatoes in this gratin.
  • Use frozen chopped onions, and purchase already-shredded cheese.

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.

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