Baked Mashed Potato with Beef—made with two layers of creamy mashed potatoes, filled with spiced ground beef and coated with bread crumbs.
This dish is a family favorite. You can make it with simple pantry ingredients in no time. You can use any type of potato available in addition to ground beef or lamb, some spices and herbs, and you are up for the best comfort food meal ever!
We make this potato and beef dish regularly at home because the kids love it, especially with salad on the side. I think it is the idea of baked mashed potatoes that excites them most.
I use Russet potatoes to make the mash. Russet is on the starchy side and that is the type of potato you want for this dish. Simply boil them and then add milk and butter and whisk together with some seasoning.
For the beef filling, I used lean ground beef cooked with chopped onions, cinnamon, all spice and fresh thyme.
Finally, I assemble the dish and bake it with bread crumbs on top and some extra piece of butter because why not! I often keep a tab on the amount of butter and fat in my food but with mashed potato butter is essential.
This recipe calls for simple home ingredients.
For the mash you will need potatoes, butter, cream, seasoning and a pinch of nutmeg.
For the filling, you will need ground beef, onions, cinnamon, all–spice and salt. You will also need bread crumbs for the topping and some extra butter.
How to Make Baked Mashed Potato with Ground Beef
Wash the potatoes well; peel and cut each into quarters and place them in a deep pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil for about 20 minutes until fully cooked.
Meanwhile, sauté the onions in a large pan until translucent and then add the beef. Stir for 3 minutes and add salt, pepper, cinnamon, all–spice and fresh thyme. Stir occasionally until meat is fully cooked, 5–7 minutes.
Once the potatoes are fully cooked, remove from heat and drain. Add the butter and cream and mash well using a fork or a potato masher. Season with slat, pepper and nutmeg.
Grease a large baking dish with butter and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Use half of the mashed potatoes quantity to make one layer, cover with the ground beef and then add the remaining mash to make the second layer. Sprinkle bread crumbs to cover the top layer and scatter a few pieces of butter. Bake for 20–25 minutes at 350F (180C) until golden brown.
Remove from oven and serve immediately.
What to Have with Mashed Potatoes
You can have this dish as a meal on its own or with some simple green salad on the side.
I personally like to have some Tabbouleh with it.
For the mashed potato:
- 6 medium size russet potatoes, about 3lbs. (1.5Kg)
- 2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
For the beef filling:
- 1lb ground beef (450g)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon all–spice
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- Wash the potatoes well; peel and cut each into quarters and place them in a deep pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil for about 20 minutes until fully cooked.
- Remove from heat, drain and add salt, pepper, nutmeg, butter and cream. Mashe with a fork or potato masher until well combined and a smooth creamy texture is formed.
- While the potatoes are boiling, sauté the onions in a large pan until translucent. Then, add the beef. stir for 3 minutes and add salt, pepper, cinnamon, all–spice and fresh thyme. Stir occasionally until meat is fully cooked, 5–7 minutes.
- In a large baking dish, use half of the mashed potatoes quantity to make one layer, cover with the ground beef and then add the remaining mash to make the second layer. Sprinkle bread crumbs over to cover the top layer and bake for 20–25 minutes at 350F (180C).
- Remove from oven and serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1185mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 31g