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Meat and Potato Casserole

Grandma's Never-Fail Meat and Potato Casserole: A Family Favorite

Meat and Potato Casserole

Calling all busy families and comfort food enthusiasts, this Meat and Potato Casserole is a warm hug in a dish! It's a recipe passed down through generations, guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eaters at your table. This casserole is a lifesaver on hectic weeknights, offering a quick, easy, and incredibly satisfying meal that kids and adults will love.

Why This Classic Casserole Belongs on Your Menu:

  • A Taste of Home: This recipe is more than just a meal; it's a trip down memory lane. Every bite evokes a sense of nostalgia and happy memories of family gatherings.
  • A Crowd-Pleasing Classic: The combination of savory ground beef, creamy sauce, and fluffy potatoes is a flavor combination that transcends age groups. It's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for everyone at the table.
  • Weeknight Wins: With minimal prep work and a simple baking process, this casserole comes together in a flash. It's the perfect solution for busy weeknights when you don't have hours to spend in the kitchen.
  • The Ultimate Comfort Food: This dish is pure comfort food magic. It's warm, hearty, and satisfying, perfect for a cozy night in when you crave a taste of home cooking.

Gather the Ingredients for Your Comfort Food Adventure:

  • For the Savory Base:
    • 1 pound ground beef - the base for the flavorful filling
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary - adds a touch of herbal goodness
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder - boosts the savory flavor profile
    • 1 onion, chopped - adds depth and sweetness to the base
  • For the Creamy Sauce:
    • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream - creates a rich and creamy texture
    • ½ cup beef broth - adds depth and savory flavor to the sauce
    • 1 can cream of mushroom soup - the base for the creamy goodness
    • Salt and pepper to taste - adjust to your preference
  • For the Layered Goodness:
    • 5 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced - the foundation for the casserole
    • 1 ½ cups shredded cheese - melty perfection for the topping

Step-by-Step Guide to Casserole Bliss:

  1. Preheat and Prep: Get your oven ready to work its magic by preheating it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish to ensure easy cleanup later.
  2. Browning the Beef: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef and chopped onion together. Keep stirring until the onion is tender and the meat is browned throughout. Once cooked, drain any excess fat from the pan. Nobody wants a greasy casserole!
  3. Creamy Sauce Creation: In a separate bowl, grab your whisk and combine the heavy whipping cream, beef broth, dried rosemary, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Give it a good whisk to create a smooth and flavorful sauce.
  4. Building Your Casserole: Now it's time for the fun part – layering all the delicious ingredients! Start by spreading half of the thinly sliced potatoes in an even layer across the bottom of your greased baking dish.
  5. Flavor Layers Abound: Spoon about a third of the creamy sauce mixture over the potatoes. This layer adds richness and moisture. Then, top it with half of the browned ground beef mixture.
  6. Repeat and Bake: Now you get to repeat the layering process! Add the remaining potatoes, another third of the sauce mixture, and the remaining ground beef mixture.
  7. The Cheesy Touch: Pour the remaining third of the creamy sauce mixture over the top of the casserole, creating a final layer of deliciousness. Finally, sprinkle the entire dish with shredded cheese. Imagine all that melty goodness!
  8. Baking to Perfection: Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil to trap in moisture and heat. Bake the casserole for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Let the flavors meld and the potatoes become tender.
  9. Serving and Enjoying: Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. This allows the cheese to set and everything to come together beautifully. Now you can dish up this delicious and heartwarming Meat and Potato Casserole and enjoy a taste of comfort food magic!

Tips for Extra Casserole Magic:

  • Personalize Your Casserole: Feel free to experiment with different types of cheese, vegetables, or herbs to personalize your casserole. Add chopped broccoli or peas for a veggie boost, or swap the cheddar cheese for Monterey Jack for a different flavor profile.
  • Leftover Love: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.