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Mashed Potato Beef Casserole

This recipe came out of my mother's cookbook. The smudges and splatters show that Mom used it extensively to feed our large family. The tarragon really comes through to make a flavorful main dish. Now I prepare this recipe for our four children and six grandchildren. —Helen McGeorge, Abbotsford, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Paprika

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; drain, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings. Set bacon aside. Cook beef in drippings over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • Toss mushrooms, onion, carrot and celery in flour; add to skillet with the broth, Worcestershire sauce, tarragon and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add bacon; transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Combine potatoes and 1/2 cup of cheese; spread over beef mixture. Sprinkle with paprika and remaining cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Broil 4 in. from the heat for 5 minutes or until bubbly.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 381 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 625mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein.

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