I have gone a little crazy for Lamb lately. I am just blown away by the flavor. Move over beef, because you have been replaced. It’s sometimes hard to come by, so when I see it in the store I grab a few and freeze them. I am not much of a crock pot girl, but I do love one pan dinners. This casserole is so tasty and cheesy and comforting, I guarantee you will love it. I wish I could tell you that lamb is better for you, I really can’t. It does contain higher levels of protein, but the fats are about the same. However, where beef is so mass produced and they fatten them up with grain, I would suspect that more sheep are grass-fed. This casserole is layered and baked. It’s creamy, hearty and has all the components, protein, starch, and vegetable in one pan. I knew it was good when my son had 4, yes you heard me correctly, 4 servings at the dinner table. Forget about leftovers, not happening!
Ground Lamb Casserole
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes
6 medium sized potatoes washed and sliced 1/4 ” thick slices
place slices in pot, fill just to top of slices with water,and boil until tender
Drain and place into a 13×9 inch glass baking dish, this is your first layer.
6 qt sauce pot add:
4 tsp butter and melt
4 tbsp flour
stir together and you have a roux
2 1/2 cups milk, whisk in briskly
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
stir until thickened and then shut off burner…
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese and 4 slices of american cheese; whisk in until smooth and creamy.
1 medium onion cut in half and sliced into 1/8″ slices
2 tbsp olive oil
saute onions over medium high heat until tender
2 lbs ground lamb or divide and use half ground beef and half ground lamb
cook with onions until done, lower heat to medium
2 rounded tbsp flour, sprinkle over cooked meat, stir in completely
1 tsp better than bouillon beef base
1 cup water
The mixture will thicken up into a gravy
turn off heat
1 cup frozen or fresh Corn, optional
1 cup frozen or fresh peas, optional
1 cup of the cheese sauce, stir into the meat mixture…
pour the mixture on top of the potatoes, this is your second layer
Pour the remaining cheese sauce over the top of the meat mixture.
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 tbsp melted butter
1 cup shredded cheese
mix and sprinkle all over the top.
Bake, Eat and Enjoy!