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Potato-Topped Ground Beef Skillet

Compared to other ground beef skillet recipes, the depth of flavor in this recipe is amazing, and I never have leftovers when I take it to potlucks. I love recipes that I can cook and serve in the same skillet. If your butcher has chili grind beef, which is coarsely ground, go for that; it lends an extra meaty texture. —Fay Moreland, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
  • 1-1/4 cups dry red wine or reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1-1/4 pounds red potatoes (about 4 medium), cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Directions

  • In a 12-in. cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, cook and crumble beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper; remove from pan.
  • In same pan, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute onion, carrots, mushrooms and garlic until onion is tender, 4-6 minutes. Stir in flour and herbs; cook 1 minute. Stir in wine; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Add beef and broth; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until flavors are blended, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  • Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain; cool slightly.
  • Preheat broiler. Arrange potatoes over stew, overlapping slightly; brush lightly with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then cheese. Broil 5-6 in. from heat until potatoes are lightly browned, 6-8 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Common olive oil works better for cooking at high heat than virgin or extra virgin oil. These higher grades have ideal flavor for cold foods, but they smoke at a lower temperature.
  • Using a combination of ground beef and Italian sausage gives this recipe a flavor boost. (And it’s a great idea for perking up most ground beef meals.)
  • Try these super easy ground beef recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1-1/4 cups: 313 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 459mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.