Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Mashed Potato Beef Casserole ~ A Recipe to Share

During my cooking weeks, I have been having fun experimenting with new recipes! Here's one of the new main dishes, the recipe of which had been in my recipe binder for awhile, but had yet to be tried . . . until recently. :)

First a few slices of bacon were fried, and then the ground beef (which was already browned), vegetables, and herbs/spices were simmered in the bacon grease and beef broth until the vegetables were tender . . . .

Ground beef, carrots, onion, celery, mushrooms, bacon, and seasonings

Meanwhile, potatoes were boiling in preparation for being turned into mashed potatoes . . . .

The potatoes with added cheese

And the finished product . . . .

Mashed Potato Beef Casserole

(the recipe called for 1 tsp. tarragon which we don't have so I substituted with basil, rosemary, and thyme - you can see my alterations in the recipe below.)

-2 bacon strips, diced
-1 pound ground beef
-1 large onion, finely chopped
-1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
-1 large carrot, finely chopped
-1 celery rib, finely chopped
-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-1 cup beef broth
-1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
-3/4 to 1 tsp. dried basil
-1/4 to 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
-1/8 tsp. thyme
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-dash of salt
-3 cups hot mashed potatoes (mashed with milk, salt, and pepper)
-3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. Set bacon aside. Cook beef in drippings over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Toss onion, mushrooms, carrot and celery in flour; add to skillet with the broth, Worcestershire sauce, herbs, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add bacon; transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Combine potatoes and 1/2 cup of cheese; spread over beef mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Enjoy!


  1. Yum! Thank you for tomorrows dinner at my house. I was looking for a new casserole to try. : )

    1. You're welcome, Stephanie! Hope you all enjoyed. :)

  2. We call that a Cottage pie! Always comforting.

    1. Sometimes they're called "Shepherd's Pie" here, Elizabeth. :) And yes, they are!

  3. This looks delicious! Hearty and healthy, the best combination for dinner time. : ) I hope to try this soon!

    1. Thank you, Sarah! Yes, a combination of those two is great for dinnertime. :) Hope you enjoy!

  4. Looks like the ultimate comfort food. Yummy!

    ~ Betsy

  5. AnonymousJune 08, 2016

    Looks great! Will give it a try ~ thanks for the recipe.♥

    1. Thank you, Anne! Hope you enjoy. :) And you're welcome!


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