Hamburger & Potato Casserole



Frugal and easy, I try to incorporate casseroles or one-pot meals into each weekly meal plan.  If you have an oven-safe sauté or frying pan, you could use that and transfer it right to the oven eliminating the need to transfer the mixture to a baking dish.   


You can use less meat if you would like or even switch it up with ground chicken or turkey, ground sausage, or even pre-cooked chicken cut or shredded.  It's basically meat and potatoes with a cheesy cream sauce.  Except for the potatoes, the vegetables and mushrooms are optional - use what your family likes or leave them out altogether.    

This is even more flavorful once it's reheated so it's great for leftovers.


Hamburger & Potato Casserole
Makes 1 8x8 dish (easily doubled if you would like more)
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1/2 pound ground beef (see note above for other meats)
1/4 cup diced onion (optional)
2 medium mushrooms, cleaned and diced (optional)
1 cup frozen corn or peas (or other vegetable - no need to thaw)
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon
1 1/4 cup milk (any type including half and half will work here)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into either 1/4 inch chunks or 1/16-1/8 inch slices (I use either red or yukon)
1/2 cup shredded cheese or 4 large deli slices of cheese (use your favorite - my husband prefers American Cheese slices)

If not using an oven-safe pan, spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray.  Set aside.

Brown ground beef in a medium sized sauté or frying pan over medium heat.  Once almost browned, add mushrooms and onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  If your burger is lean, add a teaspoon or two of oil or butter to the pan first.  

Stir in the frozen corn and bouillon.  Pour 1 cup of the milk into the pan and whisk the cornstarch into the remaining 1/4 cup milk.  Stir this mixture into the pan.  Stir in the potatoes and turn heat up to medium high.  Once mixture just starts to come to a boil, turn heat to low, cover pan and cook 10-15 minutes, until potatoes are just starting to soften.


While mixture cooks, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.


Pour mixture into prepared pan.  Sprinkle shredded cheese on top, or if using slices, lay slices across the top to cover the surface.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and cheese is starting to brown.  Let sit 10 minutes before serving.



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