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 the ground turkey and potatoes casserole up tonight for a dinner your family will love and impress everyone with the final result! Also, what is one real benefit of this recipe is its versatility. Not only you can always switch from turkey to ground beef if you are a red meat lover, but also you can add some extra veggies. A healthy and delicious treat combined together to create a perfect dish.
Therefore, that’s also an amazing way to make some room in your fridge! It is perfect to eat with your family and your friends. You might want to try this dish out!
First of all, let’s see where did my idea for this Ground Turkey and Potatoes Casserole recipe came from… Do you like shepherd’s pie? Well, I’ve only had it a couple of times, and I wasn’t impressed. However, I’m sure it could be good if the mashed potatoes on top were done well.
Unfortunately, the versions I’ve had were topped with bland potatoes, which kind of ruined the experience for me. I haven’t thought I’m a mashed potato snob till now, but maybe I am. So, yes, if they aren’t smothered in gravy, I think they need to be pretty flavorful on their own.
Ground Turkey Meat and Potatoes Casserole Tips
So, yes, this hearty but healthy casserole was inspired by shepherd’s pie. However, I wanted to change up the topping a bit to add more flavor and texture. Therefore, I topped it with frozen potatoes, which browned nicely and created a chewy instead of mushy topping. Also, the casserole is smothered in a creamy sauce, but it’s made with only one tablespoon of butter so is actually pretty light.
As mentioned before, you can make the casserole recipe with ground beef too, if you prefer. Actually, I made it twice this week because I wanted to improve the recipe a bit after the first time. So, I used beef first and ground turkey the second time. All in all, me and my family preferred the ground turkey with potatoes casserole. However, we are turkey meat lovers, so our opinion is a little subjective.
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. However, it’s great for a Sunday dinner or for making ahead if you are home to cook during the day. It will totally with it, believe me! Even though it takes some extra time and energy, the result is extremely delicious and also good for you!
How’s the Meal?
Last but not least, I have the one pictured here in the refrigerator for tonight’s dinner, and I can’t wait to dig in (again) later. So, I hope you will love this recipe as much as we did! There is no better treat than this for any occasion. Even in a simple family meal, this will do its job!
Ground Turkey and Potatoes Casserole Recipe
Well, the time to start preparing your Ground Turkey and Potatoes Casserole finally came! So, good luck and keep in mind to closely follow the steps and indications! Have fun!Print
Simple and Quick Meat and Potatoes Casserole
This stick-to-your-ribs dinner is actually pretty light and good for you!
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 6 1x
- 16–20 oz. ground turkey or beef
- 1/2 onion diced
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic minced or crushed
- 2 c. frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, green beans, corn)
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1 tbsp. flour
- 1 1/2 c. milk
- 1/2 c. shredded cheese (cheddar monterey jack, or a blend)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 c. sour cream reduced fat is fine
- 32 oz. bag frozen cubed or tri-cut potatoes you will only need about 2/3 of the bag
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground meat, onion, oregano, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring often and crumbling the meat, until onions are tender and meat is mostly cooked through. Stir in garlic and vegetables, and continue cooking until vegetables are heated.
- Meanwhile, in a smaller skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Whisk flour into melted butter until smooth. Stir in milk a small amount at a time, whisking constantly to keep mixture smooth. Bring sauce to a simmer. Turn off heat, and stir in cheese, a pinch of salt, and pepper to taste.
- Stir sour cream into meat mixture, and spread meat and vegetables into the prepared baking dish. Arrange an even layer of frozen potatoes over the meat, and then pour the cream sauce evenly over the potatoes. Gently jiggle the pan back and forth a few times to allow the sauce to sink into the meat a bit.
- Bake in preheated oven for 45-60 minutes, until potatoes are browned to your liking.
If you want to use fresh potatoes, just dice them, and soak them in water for about 5 minutes. Then, drain them and dry them on a kitchen towel. That step helps to wash some of the starch off the potatoes, and they will crisp up better in the oven.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 45
- Category: Casseroles, Dinner
- Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information of Ground Turkey and Potatoes Casserole
|Calories||456 kcal||Carbohydrates||21 g|
|Calcium||376 mg||Fat||29 g|
|Sugar||5 g||Monounsaturated Fat||11 g|
|Vitamin A||427IU||Vitamin C||5 mg|
|Iron||2 mg||Protein||26 g|
|Cholesterol||97 mg||Potassium||927 mg|
|Fiber||2 g||Sodium||471 mg|
All in all, that is the recipe and all you need to know about the meat and Potatoes Casserole recipe. So, now, it’s your turn to share your taught and advice on this in the comment section below.
Tell us everything: How was the final result of this casserole recipe? Did your family enjoy it? (Also, keep in mind that I appreciate the negative feedback too). Did you need to improvise when it came to the ingredients list? If so, what did you replace and with what?
In addition, please, don’t hesitate to ask any further questions in the comment section too. I am here for you!
Why Will You Love Ground Turkey and Potatoes Casserole Recipe?
- This casserole includes the tastes of comfort food that are sometimes just plain and simple.
- On a chilly day, it acts as a warm blanket, insulating you from the inside out.
- Instead of pasta, this casserole is low in carbs.
- Both straightforward and original.
- As a result, there is a tonne of variations you may attempt with it to alter the flavors to your personal choice.
Storage Tips for Ground Turkey and Potatoes Casserole
- For 1-2 days, the potato dish can be stored in the refrigerator. Use a container made of glass or plastic that has an airtight lid.
- For 1-2 months, frozen potato casserole can be kept. Use a lidded container or one that is sealed to prevent moisture buildup during storage. You can also put the dish inside of a baking dish and store it in the freezer.
- The casserole won’t keep fresh for more than six hours at room temperature.
Last but not least, you’ll also love these stick-to-your-ribs casseroles that are good for you too!
I was thinking of doubling the meat–2lbs of Turkey or half-half turkey/beef and doubling the binder (sauce).
Keeping the veg and spuds about the same as indicated. I usually use 1lbs of meat (ground) in various casseroles and that seems to fit a 9×13″ pretty well, with about as many added ingredients as this has.
Anybody tried that? Too much meat, not enough everything else, or…? Going to embark on this one tonight, so if I learn anything useful (even if it’s “don’t do what I did,” LOL) will post back.
Thx in advance, Clancy
Cr*p, meant, 2lbs of meat in a 9×13″ casserole, dang it.
In fact, you can double the ground turkey or beef as much as you want, but do not forget to add some of the ingredients, especially the spices and seasoning, to achieve the best taste. Because when you increase the amount of meat in your ingredients, it also requires more seasoning to balance the taste. Thank you for your suggestion. We want to hear more from you. Not all are chefs, but you are a great cook.
I’ve been using this recipe for about 4 years now and I just want to say it’s always a favorite! My grown kids beg me to make this for them! Then only difference of what I do is use tater tots instead of potatoes and I put them on top at the last before baking. My kids call it Tater Tot Casserole. Thank you so much for this recipe! No matter how much I make I never have leftovers. Love it! <3 <3 <3
I used Simply Potatoes, the 20oz bag and the casserole baked for 30 minutes. Also subbed cream cheese for sour cream. Was really good! Thanks!
Just wanted to comment on your shepherd’s pie observation…I certainly agree. So, try mashing the potatoes with sour cream and cheese (no milk or butter). With the meat, substitute onions, bell pepper, and zucchini instead of the corn and stuff. Add in some sherry, worchestershire, and liquid smoke. Bake until the potatoes get some browning on them.
That’s my version.
Can you recommend a substitute for sour cream (I hate sour cream.). Can I just leave it out? Is there a liquid I should increase if I do?
I made this tonight with the help of my 11 year old granddaughter. So easy but yet so good. She being a very picky eater went back for seconds because it was so good but she was too full to eat it! The only change I made was I used just corn ( did I mention picky!) And used garlic oregano potato wedges. Definitely a repeat for this household.
I found this recipe while looking for something to do with ground turkey other than meatballs, chili or tacos(which is what I usually do with it). Made this last night and it was so good! I made it thinking I’d have enough to get me through the rest of the week since I was the only one eating it. I did half potatoes and half sweet potatoes because I just wanted to . I love this and will more than likely be making it again! Thanks!!