If you’re looking for a hearty and satisfying meal that your family will love, you’re in the right place. My husband’s favorite recipe is a simple yet delicious potato casserole that he asks me to cook almost every day. In this article, we’ll take you through the ingredients you’ll need and the step-by-step procedure to make this mouthwatering dish.
Before we dive into the cooking process, let’s gather all the ingredients required to make this scrumptious potato casserole:
- 5-6 Potatoes (cut and boiled in water with 1 teaspoon of salt)
- 1 Onion, chopped and fried for 3 minutes
- 500g of Minced Meat, fried with onions for 5 minutes
- 1 Red Pepper, finely chopped
- 2 Teaspoons of Tomato Puree
- 50ml of Water, as needed
- Spices: 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of red pepper powder, 1 teaspoon of dry oregano, black pepper to taste, 1 bunch of young green chives, finely chopped
- 8-10 Thin Sheets of Cheese
For the dressing:
- 3 Eggs
- 125ml of Milk
- 1 Teaspoon of Salt
- 1 Teaspoon of Oregano
- 150g Grated Cheese for sprinkling on top
Bake at 180°C for 15-20 minutes.
Now that we have all our ingredients ready, let’s go through the step-by-step procedure to prepare this delectable potato casserole:
- Peel the Potatoes: Start by peeling the potatoes and cutting them into cubes. Boil them in water with a little salt until they soften. Then, strain them and set them aside.
- Fry the Onions: While the potatoes are boiling, fry the finely chopped onion in a pan until it becomes translucent.
- Cook the Minced Meat: Add the minced meat to the pan with the onions and fry them together for about 5 minutes or until the meat changes color and any excess liquid evaporates.
- Add Vegetables and Seasoning: To the meat mixture, add the finely chopped red pepper, tomato paste, and a little water. Season with the spices mentioned – salt, garlic powder, red pepper powder, oregano, and black pepper. Simmer until everything is nicely softened and combined.
Now, let’s assemble the casserole for baking:
- Layer the Potatoes: Spread a layer of the boiled potatoes (half of them) in a fireproof dish. Next, cover them with thin sheets of cheese to add a rich and creamy texture.
- Add the Minced Meat Filling: Place the minced meat filling on top of the potatoes and press it down evenly to ensure a delicious combination of flavors.
- Layer of Cheese: Once again, arrange another layer of cheese leaves over the minced meat.
- Remaining Potatoes: Now, add the remaining boiled potatoes on top of the cheese.
- Prepare the Dressing: In a bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and season with salt and oregano. Pour this dressing over the casserole.
- Final Touch: To make this dish even more irresistible, sprinkle the grated cheese generously over the top.
- Baking: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and then bake the casserole for 15-20 minutes or until it turns golden brown and the cheese on top is bubbling.
There you have it – my husband’s favorite recipe, a simple yet incredibly delicious potato casserole. The combination of tender potatoes, savory minced meat, and layers of cheese creates a mouthwatering dish that’s perfect for any occasion. Give it a try, and you’ll see why my husband can’t get enough of it!
- Can I use any type of cheese for this casserole?
- Yes, you can use your favorite cheese or any cheese that melts well.
- Is it possible to make this dish vegetarian?
- Absolutely! You can substitute the minced meat with your favorite vegetarian protein, like tofu or lentils.
- Can I prepare the casserole in advance and bake it later?
- Yes, you can assemble the casserole and refrigerate it before baking. Just make sure to adjust the baking time accordingly.
- What can I serve as a side dish with this potato casserole?
- A fresh salad or some steamed vegetables make great side dishes to complement the casserole.
- Can I freeze the leftovers?
- Yes, you can freeze the leftovers for later. Just make sure to store them in an airtight container.
Get ready to enjoy a heartwarming meal with this potato casserole recipe. Don’t hesitate to customize it to your taste, and share it with your loved ones. Happy cooking!