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Hamburger Potato Casserole

Greetings, cherished readers! Today, I’m thrilled to guide you through the creation of a dish that epitomizes comfort food at its finest – the Hamburger Potato Casserole. This dish hails from the traditions of American home cooking, where warmth, heartiness, and simplicity reign supreme. It’s a nod to the days when meals were crafted with care, focusing on filling bellies and warming hearts without breaking the bank. Ground beef and potatoes lay the foundation of this beloved casserole, making it an ideal choice for those hectic evenings or whenever you yearn for a taste of home. I’ve added a personal touch to elevate this classic casserole, inviting you to delve into a world where modest ingredients unite to create a rich tapestry of flavors.

 

Complement this casserole with a crisp green salad drizzled with a zesty vinaigrette and a side of steamed vibrant vegetables for a balanced feast. A loaf of crusty bread on the side rounds out this comforting meal, perfect for family dinners or a sumptuous solo retreat.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef

 

4 large russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

 

1 medium onion, chopped

 

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

 

1 can (10.75 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup

 

3/4 cup of milk

 

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

 

1 teaspoon of paprika

 

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

2 tablespoons of olive oil

 

Fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

 

PREPARATION

Prepare: Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Use a bit of olive oil to lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

 

Cook the Beef: Heat a large skillet over medium flame. Brown the ground beef and chopped onion together until the beef is thoroughly cooked and the onions are tender. Be sure to drain any excess fat from the skillet.

 

Continue with the Casserole:

Layer: Arrange a layer of sliced potatoes at the bottom of the greased baking dish. Top with half of the cooked beef and onion mixture. Sprinkle one cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the beef. Repeat the layers with the remaining potatoes, beef, and cheese.

 

Mix the Sauce: In a bowl, whisk together the condensed cream of mushroom soup, milk, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Once blended, pour this mixture evenly over the casserole, ensuring it seeps into the layers.

 

Bake: Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and the casserole is bubbling.

 

Garnish and Serve: Once done, let the casserole sit for a few minutes before garnishing with fresh parsley. Serve hot, and enjoy the comforting embrace of this hearty meal.

 

This Hamburger Potato Casserole is more than just a meal; it’s a warm hug on a plate, offering comfort and satisfaction with every bite. It’s proof that the simplest ingredients, when combined with love and a little creativity, can produce the most heavenly flavors. So, gather your ingredients and let’s bring this heartwarming dish to your table. Here’s to finding heaven in your mouth – one casserole at a time!

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