Monday, January 30, 2012

Spotted Beef Bake

Jason told me last week that he wanted "Polka Dot Potato Bake" for dinner.  Um, what!?  Never heard of was something that he used to eat at a buddies house in high school.  Basically, a beef casserole with canned corn and instant (blech!) potatoes.  So, I took the idea, lightened it up, and created something with the same premise, but new.  Jason loved it!

Spotted Beef Bake
8 servings

1lb ground beef or turkey
1 small red onion, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp basil
Salt and Pepper
16oz no salt added tomato sauce
1 roma tomato, diced
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
4 cups mashed potatoes (approx 2lbs)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350°.  Over medium heat, combine ground beef, onion, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.  Cook until beef is no longer pink; drain off any excess grease and return to the pan.
2.  To the beef mixture, add the tomato sauce, diced tomato and corn.  Combine all ingredients and then transfer the mixture to a 7x11 or 9x13 baking dish.  Top mixture with mashed potatoes and shredded cheese.

3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until heated thoroughly and the cheese is melted.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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