Spicy Au Gratin Beef Bake
- Ready In:
- 3⁄4 lb ground beef
- 1⁄3 cup finely chopped white onion
- 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1⁄4 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1 (5 1/4 ounce) package au gratin potatoes
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2⁄3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon melted butter or 1 teaspoon margarine
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- In a medium non-stick skillet, over medium heat, add the first 4 ingredients and cook until meat is no longer pink and onion is tender.
- Drain if needed.
- While meat mixture is browning, boil water.
- In a large bowl add rest of ingredients except shredded cheese. Mix well.
- Pour into a greased or sprayed 2-quart baking dish.
- Cover with lid or foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- Sprinkle with cheese and bake until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
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Good golly Miss Shapeweaver! This was comfort food at it's best!! I used ground turkey and I had to use minced onions so I could hide them from the man. LOL! Otherwise,I followed the recipe as written. I served this with Recipe #9055 on the side and even though I doubled the recipe,I was told that I didn't make enough!! This will be made regularly here. Thanks so much for posting!!
shapeweaver, made this for lunch today, and boy was it good! Hubby especially loved it, as he enjoys spicy dishes. I did however made a few modifications when preparing it. I only added 1/2 cup of milk, and added 2 tablespoons of a cheese powder, which I had gotten at a Mennonite Store, and didn't use seasoning salt, but rather regular table salt, plus I baked it in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes, and then 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Topped it with 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese, then baked it in the oven for about 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Also, I don't think grocery stores no longer carry (5-1/4 oz.) boxes of Au Gratin Potatoes, as mine was (4.9 ounce) and it was Hungry Jack Cheddar & Bacon Potatoes, (with Immitation Bacon Bits added) but I didn't even notice them in it when eating the casserole. Bet this could also be made with regular boxed scalloped potatoes. For those who prefer to make this a bit less spicy, I'd say to just add 1/4 teaspoon of the red pepper flakes, and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper. Thank you shapeweaver for submitting this delicious tasting beef potato recipe. It's a keeper!