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Potato and Ground Beef Gratin

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

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  • Prep Time 35 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 45 min
  • Servings 6

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)

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LOCATION

Directions

  • 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

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.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
640
(
Calories from Fat
320),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
36g
36%
(Saturated Fat
20g,
20%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
1 1/2%
),
Cholesterol
130mg
130%;
Sodium
880mg
880%;
Total Carbohydrate
45g
45%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
35g
35%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
45%;
Iron
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 Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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