Gwen's Old-Fashioned Potato-Beef Casserole

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
40 min
45 min

6 servings


Place the potatoes in a large saucepan with water to cover by 1 inch. Add a generous pinch of salt and cook for 15 minutes, or until tender. Potatoes cook quickly. Test often for tenderness and don't overcook them. Alternatively, cook the potatoes in a pressure cooker for 5 minutes, releasing the pressure immediately to prevent overcooking. Drain the potatoes and arrange them in a 6- by 9- by 2-inch casserole dish.

In a large skillet, add a little oil to coat the pan. Combine the beef and onion and cook together over medium heat until the beef is browned and the onion softened, about 10 minutes. Drain excess fat.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and whisk in the flour to make a roux. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and the flour turns light brown in color. Gradually whisk in the milk and continue to stir while cooking over medium heat. When the mixture thickens, season with salt and pepper, then stir in the cheese and browned beef and onions.

Pour the ground beef mixture over the potatoes and bake the casserole for 20 minutes, until heated through and bubbling. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top of the casserole and bake until the crumbs are toasted, about 5 minutes longer.

Cook Notes: Because all the ingredients are fully cooked, if they are still hot when you assemble the casserole, the baking time can be greatly reduced or even eliminated; simply brown the crumb topping under the broiler for a couple of minutes.

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Awesome comfort food. My family loves it. Over the years I have tweaked the recipe. I'll add extra hamburger, season all layers with salt and pepper and even add sour cream into the cheese sauce to give it a richness. Add some red pepper flakes to the cheese sauce for a little heat. Its a Five Star in my book!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this recipe. It is basically Scalloped potato au gratin with ground beef. I added 2 cloves of garlic in with the onions based on the comments and then set my oven at broil for the last 5 minutes so that the top got all brown and bubbly. Over all good dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe should get more than 3 stars. It was delicious comfort food. My husband wants me to make it again. I cut everything in half and followed the directions. I also added garlic powder, seasoned salt, and parsley. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Finally got around to trying this receipt. With all the work associated with this dish, I really wish I had read the reviews first. As instructed, the final dish was overly potato, bland and the bread crumbs were not necessary. I'm going to add a mushroom soup/gravy to the top to try to salvage. Trisha's receipts are usually so good, but this one fell flat. I'm trying the Iced Italian Cream Cake (from the same episode) today - fingers crossed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this on TY's show, and thought it looked really tasty -- good winter-time comfort food. When I came here to find the recipe, I was surprised that so many people didn't seem to like it, so I read the reviews and then did some modifying to my first pass at this dish. I used 2 pounds of potatoes instead of 3. I seasoned them well and also used a fairly shallow and wide casserole instead of a deeper one so the potato layer wouldn't be overly thick. I added my favorite herb seasoning to the white sauce (Sunny Paris from Penzey's) and threw in a couple ounces of cream cheese I had in the fridge. I also topped it with parmesan cheese. Overall, my family loved it and wants to keep it in our regular rotation of winter menus. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you're needing to feed hungry guys on a budget, that will stick to their ribs, this is your recipe! Read what other's said about doctoring it up - do that, and your hungry men will thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent. Everyone enjoyed this dish. I will definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Based on the reviews from others, I prepared the dish with a few modifications for added flavor. I added sautéed mushrooms to the beef, onion mixture and included a big dollop of garlic paste in that mixture as well. Also seasoned the beef mixture with oregano and rosemary. Finally, I used a combo of parmesan and seasoned panko bread crumbs for the topping. It was a huge hit with my family and will be a go-to comfort meal as the weather gets chillier! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I knew I was headed for trouble when the recipe called for 3 pounds of potatoes, but decided to try it anyway. And what's with adding the raw bread crumbs in the last 5 minutes of cooking? Shame, shame on me. I knew better than to try this recipe. . . This was a bland, flavorless waste of time and money. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this before. I needs more flavor. Even my family didn't like it. I love the concept and the contents of this dish but it is fairly bland. Kind of like Shepard's pie. I have had that made by supposed experts and I returned to my Weber grill. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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