Made this with ground turkey and used homemade taco seasoning. Poured 2 tbsp melted butter and 4 tbsp of milk over it after layering with velveeta and shredded cheddar.
- 5 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/4-1/2 inch thick
- 2 -3 tablespoons chopped onions
- 1 lb ground beef (really lean is preferable)
- salt and pepper
CHEESE SAUCE (THE SAME ONE I USE FOR MACARONI AND CHEESE)
- 2 cups milk (I use skim)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ketchup (optional condiment)
- I use a 2 1/2 quart covered casserole dish for this. This will stick unless you have a great non-stick baking dish - I never grease the pan though because of all the fat that's already in this.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Brown hamburger and onion.
- Place a layer of sliced potatoes in casserole dish, top with half of hamburger/onion mixture. Salt and pepper to taste (kind of depends on how salty your cheese sauce is - you can always salt it later if it needs it).
- Repeat layering of potato slices and hamburger mixture (and salt and pepper if desired).
Make Cheese sauce:
- Melt 3 T butter in saucepan over med-high heat.
- Add 3 T flour, and the salt and pepper. Stir quickly to blend.
- Add 2 cups milk; stir with whisk to incorporate butter/flour mixture.
- Reduce heat, stir till thickened and bubbly.
- Remove from heat and add shredded cheddar. Stir until cheese melts.
- Pour cheese sauce over hamburger and potatoes in baking dish. Push potatoes around to let cheese sauce into all of the crevices so it's well coated.
- Cover and place in oven. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, till potatoes are tender and top is browned. I like to take off the lid for the last 20 minutes or so to brown the top a bit.
- Even with the leanest ground beef, this can get little pools of grease on top - I just spoon these off. It doesn't mean the whole thing is greasy - just cheesy.
- My family members consider generous amounts of ketchup a necessary addition to this dish. I like it fine by itself (ok, maybe a spot of ketchup on the side).