This satisfying Meat and Potatoes Casserole features ground beef or turkey sauteed with vegetables, covered in potatoes, and smothered in a light, creamy sauce. Bake it up tonight for a dinner your family will love!
Do you like shepherd’s pie? I’ve only had it a couple times, and I wasn’t impressed. I’m sure it could be good if the mashed potatoes on top were done well, but the versions I’ve had were topped with bland potatoes, which kind of ruined the experience for me. I don’t think I’m a mashed potato snob, but maybe I am. If they aren’t smothered in gravy, I think they need to be pretty flavorful on their own.
This hearty but healthy casserole was inspired by shepherd’s pie, but I wanted to change up the topping a bit to add more flavor and texture. I topped it with frozen potatoes, which browned nicely and created a chewy instead of mushy topping. The casserole is smothered in a creamy sauce, but it’s made with only one tablespoon of butter so is actually pretty light. You could make this with ground beef if you prefer. I actually made it twice this week because I wanted to improve the recipe a bit after the first time. I used beef first, but I liked the turkey version better.
This isn’t what I would call a quick weeknight dinner. It uses two skillets plus a baking dish and takes over an hour to make including baking time. It’s great for a Sunday dinner or for making ahead if you are home to cook during the day. I have the one pictured here in the refrigerator for tonight’s dinner, and I can’t wait to dig in (again) later. I hope you love this recipe as much as we did!
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