Ground Beef and Potato Casserole

Ground Beef and Potato Casserole

3 medium white potatoes ( pared, and sliced very thin)
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon celery leaves ( fresh or dried optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes ( spicy optional)
Cheese sauce
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk ( add a little more if needed)
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (optional)
1 pinch salt
1 pinch pepper
1 pinch paprika
grated cheddar cheese
Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
Preheat oven 375 degrees.
Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and brown ground beef.
Drain ground beef, if necessary.
Page 2 of 2Ground Beef and Potato Casserole (cont.)
Add onions and celery to same skillet and cook until soft, adding rest of spice ingredients through pepper flakes. Stir well. But in a bowl and set to the side.
In same skillet, melt butter (or use 1 tablespoon of leftover grease from browning ground beef). Add flour to butter, stirring for one minute over medium-high heat.
Gradually add milk and cook till bubbly and thickened.
Add cheese, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and chili powder continue to stir until melted.
Spoon 1/4 cup of the ground beef mixture and spread evenly on bottom of a baking dish.
Add 1 layer of potatoes.
Alternate ground beef mixture, then potatoes until completely used.
Pour cheese sauce over ground beef and potato mixture.
Top with a pinch of paprika and grated cheese.
Bake for 1 hour, or until potatoes and beef are bubbly and done.


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