Monday, March 7, 2016

Meat & Potato Casserole with Cheddar Sauce


1 lb ground sirloin
1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
1.5 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup sliced scallion whites
1 1/2 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
1 1/2 tsp. each dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt,
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups no-salt-added crushed tomatoes

1 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 1/2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups skim milk
1 cup shredded Cheddar
1/4 cup bias-sliced scallion greens
1/2 cup diced Roma tomato

Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

Brown ground sirloin in oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat, breaking up chunks, about 5 minutes.

Add potatoes, onion, scallion whites, garlic, oregano, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cinnamon. Cover skillet, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are fork-tender, 15 minutes.

Stir in crushed tomatoes and simmer to reduce juices, 3 minutes.

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; whisk in flour and cook 1 minute.

Whisk in milk; bring to a boil and cook until thick. Off heat, stir in Cheddar.

Transfer sirloin mixture to prepared dish; top with cheese sauce.

Bake casserole until golden and bubbly, 30 minutes; let rest 5–10 minutes.

Garnish casserole with scallion greens and Roma tomato.

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