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Hello! Welcome to my blog! I'm Jennifer, but most people call me Jenny. I'm a small town Texas girl, born again Christian, mommy to 2 beautiful boys, wife to my high school sweetheart, scrapbook supply junkie, and occasional paper sniffer. :) Here you will find bits and pieces of my scrapbooking projects, daily thoughts, and just general randomness. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

We're a Meat-n-Taters Kinda Family!

Tried another new recipe tonight, and it was another hit!  Hubby said this was his favorite out of all the ones I've tried so far.  Both he and my oldest son had seconds.  It made plenty for leftovers tomorrow too. :)  I only wish this was healthier because it truly was delicious and filling.  I made it with a side of green beans.  Here's the recipe:

Recipe #6: Potato and Ground Beef Gratin:
1lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3tablespoons butter or margarine
1small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
3tablespoons all-purpose flour
2teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
3cups milk
3cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese (12 oz)
6medium white potatoes (2 1/2 lb), peeled, thinly sliced (6 cups)



  • Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In 10-inch skillet, cook beef, salt and pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onion; cook about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Stir in flour. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until bubbly; remove from heat. Stir in thyme.
  • Stir milk into onion mixture. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; remove from heat. Stir in 2 cups of the cheese until melted.
  • Spread half of the potatoes in baking dish. Top with beef; spread remaining potatoes over beef. Pour cheese sauce over potatoes.
  • Cover with foil; bake 45 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese and the paprika over potatoes. Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes longer or until top is brown and bubbly and potatoes are tender. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
So simple and sooo yummy!  We will definitely be making this one again.  As always, I'd love to hear your opinions if you try this one out.  Have a great night, and don't forget to wear GREEN tomorrow!! :)

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