Potato Leek Casserole with Minced Meat

Potato Leek Casserole with Minced Meat

This potato leek casserole includes minced meat, the perfect healthy dinner for carnivores.

I just love leek! But my family doesn't like it very much. In order for them to eat it, I always have to be inventive. This casserole includes the vegetable in a subtle enough manner for even my small son to eat it.

The picture above was taken before baking.

The recipe itself is quite straightforward, but it takes a while to prepare. Preparation time is around 30 minutes, and baking another 20-30 minutes.

Leek helps to keep blood sugar steady (amongst many other health benefits). One more reason to include it more regularly into your diet.

Ingredients for Potato Leek Casserole

  • 2 lbs potatoes 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 lbs leeks (you can use less if your family doesn't like it very much)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion 
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • salt and pepper

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Baking Time:  20-30 minutes

Potato Leek Casserole with Minced Meat

This is what you do

  1. Peel and chop potatoes. Cook them in a large pot of salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. (Cook them less time than you usually do, because they will go into the oven afterwards.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).
  3. Cut off the dark green ends of the leeks (about one third of total length) and saute in a medium saucepan.
  4. Add ground beef/minced meat, chopped onion and chopped garlic. Cook and stir until everything is well done. Season with salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. In a medium-sized baking dish, put a layer of potatoes, then meat/leek mixture, then again potatoes.
  6. Mix water and sour cream in a cup and pour over the baking dish to thoroughly soak the casserole.
  7. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese (don't use too much though, because it makes the dish taste "heavy").
  8. Bake 20-30 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cheese is golden and just a bit brownish.

Time Savings Tip:

Make the double amount of all ingredients and fill two baking dishes. 

Do NOT add water/sour cream mixture and Cheddar cheese to the second one. Cover with cling wrap and place into fridge.

Now you have a hands-free dinner for you family (or yourself) later during the week. You can store it for 2-3 days and serve when needed.Before serving you just need to add water/sour cream and cheese. Then put it into the oven.


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