It’s time for Sunday Dinner! I will tell you right away I filed this ground beef casserole under “Keeper”. Hubby and I were both fans, and it will definitely hit the spot for some comfort food on the colder days ahead. (Really, they are coming!)
I have included the full recipe below for your convenience, so you do not have to click between two sites, and you can print the ingredients from the recipe card below. I have always given credit to who created the recipe – in this case, Ore Ida. In the future, I will have the recipe card here and will list a link to another great recipe from the creator’s site for you to check out. I thought their Juevos Rancheros Breakfast Wrap looked quick and yummy.
My Version Of Ground Beef Casserole
- I listed the prep time as 20 minutes and not the ten listed on Ore Ida’s website because between making the meatloaf and getting the mashed potatoes ready, it was not 10 minutes.
- I used prechopped onions as a time saver. I had two recipes calling for onions this week, so I didn’t mind paying a little extra for a shortcut.
- You have to drain the fat off the meatloaf after it has cooked before putting the mashed potatoes on.
- I could not find the garlic, and herb mashed potatoes from Ore Ida, so I bought their original flavour and had some of the garlic and herb butter from the chipotle steak I did recently, so I mixed it in instead, and it worked great.
- I had never used the Ore Ida frozen mashed potatoes before but definitely will again. They come peeled and cooked, so you defrost them in the microwave and add the milk and butter and mash. A much better alternative to instant or peeling and cutting up potatoes, and they have my hubby’s official Irish person seal of potato approval.
- I usually add seasonings to recipes to put my own stamp on it or just because I think it needs a little extra flavour, but with the Bar B Que sauce, fresh onions, chili powder, french onions, real bacon bits, and seasoned bread crumbs I already thought it was a flavour party and smelled great so why crash it. I did serve it with a bit of Bar B Que sauce on the side as suggested though.
- I used egg beaters instead of fresh eggs and seasoned Shake N Bake instead of bread crumbs.
Keep this ground beef casserole in mind for when the colder weather comes, but I’m not sure we will wait that long.
Ground Beef CasserolePrint Recipe
- 1 pack of Ore-Ida® Steam n’ Mash Garlic Seasoned Potatoes
- 1 pound of ground meat lean
- ¾ cup of onion finely chopped
- ⅓ cup of bread crumbs seasoned
- ¼ cup of Jack Daniel’s® Barbecue Sauce, Honey Smokehouse™
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoons of chili powder
- ¾ teaspoon of salt
- ⅔ cup of evaporated milk
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 cup of crumbled bacon real
- ¼ cup of crispy fried onions canned
- ⅔ cup of Mexican blend cheese shredded
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine beef, onion, breadcrumbs, Barbecue Sauce, egg, chili powder and salt until well mixed. Gently press into the bottom of the baking dish.
- Bake uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked through. Carefully pour off any excess fat if needed. Adjust oven to broil and place oven rack 6 to 8 inches from heat source.
- Meanwhile, microwave potatoes according to package instructions. In a large bowl, mix hot potatoes, milk and butter, and mash with a potato masher until smooth. For a smoother consistency, mix with an electric mixer to desired consistency. Stir in bacon and fried onions. Spread evenly on top of the beef mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
- Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is lightly browned.
- Serve hot with additional Barbecue Sauce if desired.