Recipe by Andi of Longmeadow Farm
An old farm recipe, updated to today's fast paced life.
Top Review by Rita~
Yes, I tweaked making in a 3 quart dish. I used 4 potatoes which I sliced just before layering so no need to cover with water and chill. I browned 2 pounds of 90 percent less fat beef skipped the oil and sauteed the onions celery and garlic right in with the beef, so no need to remove. I skipped the butter and sprinkled 3 tablespoons flour right over the beef mixture. Stirred it in then added 2 cups of low fat milk and 1 cup cheese heated till thickened stirring in the spices. Now I sliced the potatoes in which I layered with the meet mixture. Quick and easy and a lot less clean up with quicker results. I do suggest covering the casserole dish with foil for 45 minutes to prevent the top from browning to quickly. At which point add the remaining cheese to melt! Comfort food! Oh my son just had to top his with ketchup and I found it pretty good. Thanks for the warmth!
- 3 medium white potatoes (pared, and sliced very thin)
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup celery, chopped
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon celery leaves (fresh or dried optional)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (spicy optional)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3⁄4 cup milk (add a little more if needed)
- 1⁄2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch pepper
- 1 pinch paprika
- grated cheddar cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
- Preheat oven 375 degrees.
- Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and brown ground beef.
- Drain ground beef, if necessary.
- Add onions and celery to same skillet and cook until soft, adding rest of spice ingredients through pepper flakes. Stir well. But in a bowl and set to the side.
- In same skillet, melt butter (or use 1 tablespoon of leftover grease from browning ground beef). Add flour to butter, stirring for one minute over medium-high heat.
- Gradually add milk and cook till bubbly and thickened.
- Add cheese, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and chili powder continue to stir until melted.
- Spoon 1/4 cup of the ground beef mixture and spread evenly on bottom of a baking dish.
- Add 1 layer of potatoes.
- Alternate ground beef mixture, then potatoes until completely used.
- Pour cheese sauce over ground beef and potato mixture.
- Top with a pinch of paprika and grated cheese.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until potatoes and beef are bubbly and done.