The Shady Porch: Meat and Potato Casserole - One Dish Dinner!


Meat and Potato Casserole - One Dish Dinner!

I love comfort food recipes that require little time and effort, but yield hearty flavor. This casserole is easy to put together, and is adaptable to family preferences, too! With staples like beef, potatoes, onions, and cheese, its every-thing-in-one-pot character is likely one of the reasons this dish has also been called the Hobo casserole.

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An easy, delicious, satisfying meat and potato casserole.

Meat & Potato Casserole aka Hobo Casserole
1.5 lbs lean ground beef/sirloin (we buy ground sirloin)
4 - russet potatoes (you can use whatever potato you prefer - Yukon, Red, etc)
1 lg. white onion - chopped
1 can French Onion soup
2 tsp. Beef granules
1 jar Beef gravy 
6 slices Velveeta cheese or American
1 1/2 cups French's Fried Onions
salt and pepper, to taste

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 casserole dish. 
2. Here you have a choice - since I used very lean ground sirloin, I simply pressed it, uncooked, into the bottom of the casserole dish creating layer one. If you are using a less lean cut of ground beef, browning the hamburger first will allow you to drain much of the fat away before creating the first layer, and avoid a greasy base to the dish. Cooking the onion with the beef here is another option. In that case, skip step 3.
3. Peel the onion and chop into bite sized pieces. Layer on top of the ground beef.  
4. Thinly slice the potatoes (I do not peel mine) and layer on top of the onions. 
5. Open the French Onion soup and stir in the 2 tsp of Beef granules; now pour soup mixture over the meat, onions and potatoes. Spread evenly. 
6. Pour jar of Beef gravy over casserole. Spread evenly. 
6.  We used Velveeta cheese, sliced to cover the top of the casserole but any sliced or shredded cheese will work.
7. Cover casserole with foil and bake for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, until the meat is cooked and the potatoes are soft.  Remove foil and sprinkle the French's Fried Onions over the top and pop back in the oven for about 5-10 minutes. 

This is one of those meals that the guys at my house loved...sometimes, I wonder if there's something about their DNA that causes them to gravitate to meat and potatoes? Whatever, I am happy when they are happy, so it's a win-win.

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