Everybody loves to bite into a mouth-watering hamburger now and then. But if you want to trim your calorie intake and opt for a better carb ratio by avoiding high-carb bread and buns, try making this Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole Recipe instead. The potato is a healthier option to hamburger buns.
Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole with Spiraled Potatoes
- 1 lbs. ground beef
- 1 cup onions, finely chopped (Here are some great onion choppers for you!)
- ½ cup carrots, diced
- ¼ cup celery, diced
- ½ cup frozen green peas
- 4 cloves garlic, minced (Here are some great garlic presses for you!)
- ¼ cup tomato paste
- ½ cup red wine
- 1 teaspoon salt (Check out our recommended salt and pepper grinder sets!)
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 piece beef bouillon cube
- 2 pieces bay leaves, crumbled
- some fresh thyme
- some fresh marjoram
- ½ lbs. potatoes, peeled (raw)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- ½ stick unsalted butter
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- Heat some salted water in a small pan. When the water boils, put in the carrots to cook until done but still firm. Be careful not to overcook the carrots. Drain them and set aside.
- Heat a skillet. Sautee onions and garlic in oil. When the onions and garlic are slightly wilted, add the ground beef and tomato paste. Pour in wine. Add the beef bouillon cube, salt, pepper, bay leaf, thyme, and marjoram. Simmer to cook the meat and let the flavors of the wine and spices blend. When the liquid has slightly evaporated, add the carrots, celery, and green peas. Stir 3-4 times to cook through. Turn off heat. Add in bread crumbs. Set aside.
- Using an electric spiralizer, attach the peeled raw potatoes and work until you get long potato “noodles.”
- Fill a medium sized pan with water. Add some salt. When the water boils, carefully slide in the potato noodles in batches to boil till slightly cooked. Carefully scoop out the semi-cooked potato noodles and transfer onto a tray. Set aside.
- Assemble the casserole. Take a deep-dish baking pan and rub the base with butter. Layer the cooked ground meat and top with the semi-cooked potato noodles. Season with salt. Top with grated cheddar cheese.
- Bake in a 350°F oven for about 15-20 minutes until the cheese starts to melt and the potatoes start to crisp.
This Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole with Spiraled Potatoes is a great crowd pleaser. It can feed two to four people easily. It is handy to serve at parties or pot lucks. If you want to make it for yourself, you can divide the recipe into individually sized pans, or you can opt to change the assembly a bit and follow the directions listed below to make Individual Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole in Muffin Tins.
Individual Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole with Spiraled Potatoes in Muffin Tins
- Cook the beef mixture and spiraled potatoes following the same procedure as above.
- Prepare two jumbo muffin tins (six muffins per tray). Cover each tin with baking spray. Mold the spiraled potatoes into each muffin tin, making sure to follow the muffin cup contour to effectively create a potato cup.
- Bake in a 350°F oven for about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.
- Fill each spiraled potato cup with the ground meat mixture until it is about ¾ full. Top each muffin cup with spiraled potatoes. Season with salt. Top with some cheddar cheese.
- Repeat until all muffin tins are prepared. Reserve leftovers for another batch.
- Bake the prepared Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole Muffins in a 350°F oven for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese melts and the potatoes crisp up.
- Cool slightly in the pan. When cool to touch, gently pry out with an offset spatula.
Using the right equipment when cooking makes it less of a chore, and it can turn ordinary dishes into gourmet dinners. Take the case of the spiraled potatoes used in this recipe. Thanks to the use of an electric spiralizer, it is so much easier to prepare potatoes. These everyday vegetables are also given a new look that lends itself to more appetizing meals. Deconstructing the presentation from the traditional casserole dish covered with a potato-cheese topping into an innovative individual muffin casserole presentation tickles one’s eyes into the better appreciation of the flavors of a familiar comfort food.
Try out this Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole recipe next time you want to impress your friends or treat yourself to a nice comforting meal.
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