This easy casserole, full of ground beef, roasted broccoli and topped with hash browns, was inspired by the classic Minnesota Tater Tot hotdish. Roasting the broccoli before adding it to the casserole gives the whole dish a much more complex and exciting flavor, but it's by no means necessary. If you want to keep it simple, skip roasting the broccoli (Step 2) and use 6 cups frozen broccoli, thawed, in its place (omit 1 tablespoon oil, as well). Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010

Jessie Price
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

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  • Toss broccoli with 1 tablespoon oil in a large bowl. Spread out on a baking sheet and roast, stirring once halfway though, until just soft and browned in spots, about 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add beef and onion and cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until the beef is browned and the onion is softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire, garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

  • Whisk milk and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking often, until bubbling and thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, 6 to 8 minutes total. Remove from the heat and stir in Cheddar, 3/4 teaspoon salt and turmeric until the cheese is melted.

  • Spread the beef mixture in a 9-by-13-inch (or similar 3-quart) baking dish. Top with the broccoli and pour the cheese sauce evenly over the top.

  • Combine potatoes, egg, pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the casserole. Coat the top with cooking spray.

  • Bake the casserole until it is bubbling and the potatoes are beginning to brown, about 40 minutes. Sprinkle with paprika. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 6; cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day or freeze for up to 1 month (defrost in the refrigerator for 2 days before baking). Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking (Step 7).

Note: Precooked shredded potatoes can be found in the dairy section of most supermarkets or near other fresh prepared vegetables in the refrigerated produce section. To make your own, halve 1 pound unpeeled baking potatoes; cook in lightly salted boiling water until slightly tender but still firm in the center, 7 to 10 minutes. Let cool on a clean cutting board. Shred using the large holes of a box grater.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

412 calories; 19.4 g total fat; 111 mg cholesterol; 736 mg sodium. 25.9 g carbohydrates; 33.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (45)

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45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2019
I didn't use the shredded hash browns but I used regular potatoes and cut them into small cubes. I used Lawry's seasoning salt with 2 tablespoons of minced garlic with the worstershire sauce and the diced onions for the ground beef. For the cheese sauce I used white Wisconsin cheddar and seasoned it with 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. It turned out great! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/13/2018
Like the other reviews I agree it was a tad bland but could easily be fixed. I added herbs to the beef while it browned thyme oregano and some chopped fresh garlic. I did add more turmeric to the cheese sauce than it called for too. But I think it needs more flavor. I browned the broccoli florets in a pan with a little coconut oil which added flavor but be sure not to over cook them the added crunch when the casserole is baked adds texture and retains nutrients. The potatoes could have used more season too. I used a bit of smoked paprika mixed in with the egg. Next time I may use rice instead of the hash browns. A wild rice seasoned right may work well. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2018
My family and I liked this. The only change I made was doubling the turmeric I still didn't notice it. The cheese sauce was bland. I will make this again trying to flavor the cheese sauce and probably adding more hashbrowns. Was good with hot sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2016
Husband and kids asked for seconds. Enough said. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2016
Enhancements for a delishious dish Great family friendly recipe that definitely needs some spice enhancements. I used 99% lean ground turkey breast in addition to the wor sauce I added a salt-free all seasoning (store brand) and garlic powder and oregano. I browned the onions and turkey in olive oil. For the cheese sauce I used a can of healthy request cream of mushroom a half a can of water and one 16oz bag of shredded Mexican cheese. I loved the idea of roasting the broccoli and t did add good flavor. to top it of I sprinkled pepper garlic powder and regular paprika. It was outstanding and I will double the recipe next time for left-overs! Pros: healthy family-friendly kids love it esay to make Cons: bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2015
Totally worth the effort The family loved it! We didn't think this dish was bland at all. So happy to have found a delicious casserole that we can feel good about eating -- no canned soup! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/24/2015
Bland and missing something I did not enjoy this dish. It took forever to make and once it was all done it was very blah. I wont be making this again but if I had to make any recommendations they would be to a. drain the mean/onion mixture before you add it to the casserole dish and to b. add more cheese to the cheese mixture. Overall the dish was too moist and lacked flavor. Pros: Good way to get some broccoli in? Cons: Ingredients are mismatched and it's missing something Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/12/2015
Too bland needs help! I wanted to love this! This is a healthier version of a recipe my husband makes. But it turned out very bland and tasteless. I ended up dousing it in ketchup to finish it. Needs some modification. Pros: Healthy casserole Cons: Bland and tasteless Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/07/2015
Lots of work for flavorless dish Followed the recipe to a T. Took a long time to cook put together and bake. Was hoping for a great result with all of the combined flavors and it resulted in a boring tasteless dish. Needed to add Sriracha on mine and my daughter added ketchup. It helped clean out my freezer but I would not make again. Pros: Healthy with broccoli good way to use up stuff in your freezer. Cons: Tasteless. It's a three part cooking process and the end result is... meh. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2015
Highly recommend Very good combination of ingredients. I did not change the recipe - the turmeric adds a kick to the dish and is not overpowering. Definitely need to roast the broccoli as it adds to the unique taste of the casserole. Family loves it! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2014
My 11 yr old son told me we need to rename this recipe Heaven on a Plate from now on! I added a little garlic but pretty much followed the recipe....it's a keeper! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2014
Deep rich flavors and fairly easy I was concerned about all of the negative reviews but the positive reviews finally won me over. I'm vegetarian so I used one bag of Wegman's Don't have a cow veggie crumbles in place of the ground beef. I'm also not a fan of garlic powder so I used 3 garlic crushed garlic cloves in it's place. I try to avoid pre-packaged foods so I made my own shredded potatoes using 1lb of yukon golds. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish and thought it turned out great and full of flavor. I know the recipe recommends yellow cheddar but I used an intense organic white cheddar that had a fantastic flavor for this dish. I could see why yellow cheddar was recommended after I added the turmeric because the cheese sauce took on a slightly scary bright french's mustard yellow color that wouldn't have been as noticeable with yellow cheddar. I think the cheese it key in this dish and wonder if those that said it was bland maybe used pre-packaged shredded cheese. Just like wine in a recipe you shouldn't use any cheese in a recipe that you wouldn't eat on it's own. I thought each layer was flavorful on it's own but even better when combined. I made this yesterday and had some of the leftovers today and they were just as good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2014
too much green onion I replaced half of the milk/cornstarch mixture with packaged white gravy. It gave it more flavor and you didn't get that cornstarch texture. I'd also added more celery to the dish. I used my House Seasoning (from Paula Deen's book) in place of where it calls for garlic and/or salt. Pros: Great flavor and the leftovers were gobbled up the next day. Cons: The green onions overpowered the sweet peppers. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/21/2013
Needed more flavor I made a couple of adjustment- used low fat cheddar soup with just a can full of 1%milk to bake it and Mrs. Dash garlic herb seasoning was added afterwards to give the dish extra flavor without adding salt. These changes made the dish pretty good. Pros: Pretty simple Cons: Needed personality Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/28/2013
Too rich and need more flavor Overall the dish was flavorless. I even reduced the sauce and it still tasted too rich. I need the beef in every bite to get some flavor. Would not make it again. Pros: Hash brown and beef was tasty Cons: Cheese sauce too much! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
01/25/2013
Fairly tasteless...a waste of time and food. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/02/2012
Comfort food that needs some zing My husband and I love casseroles so we were ready to love this....which we kind of did. I think with some tweaks like more spices and vegetables it will be great. Pros: One dish lots of leftovers Cons: Bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/29/2012
YUM Really enjoyed this dish. I substituted out the ground beef for ground turkey. I also added asparagus cauliflower and celery. It was a huge hit at my house and quiet yummy! I saw someone also added bacon...this will totally be happening the next time I make it! Pros: Savory comfort food Cons: Long to prepare start to finish Read More
Rating: 2 stars
04/19/2012
Low on turmeric This recipe was listed in a compilation of recipes designed to help you get more turmeric in your diet. I'm sorry but if there is only 1/4 teaspoon turmeric in the entire dish how am I supposed to get my daily teaspoon of turmeric from this meal? EatingWell please pay attention to these things. Pros: Sounds absolutely delicious Cons: Only 1/4 teaspoon turmeric?!? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/27/2012
Made a few minor changes and loved this dish. Substitute Sreeded cheese for the potatoes and added bacon. Yumm Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/19/2012
question I'm making it for the 1st time to freeze for my daughter to have in her freezer after she gives birth. When baking after thawing do you really use the 450 degree setting you use to roast the broccoli? Isn't that awfully hot? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2012
Definite Hit! The one ingredient that Im not quite understanding about this dish is the ground tumeric. I'm not quite sure it would taste any different if that ingredient was omitted. I thought there was a ton of flavor without adding anything extra. I am used to putting tons of extra flavorings in my meals but was pleasantly surprised at the taste. I will definitely make this again. Pros: Healthy fun to cook and filling. My children loved it and it's a great way to get the veggies in. Cons: Prep time was a little long but the end result is definitely worth it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2011
Comfort food at its best! This dish was so yummy! It's the perfect meal for a cold winter night. I will definitely be making it again. I added two garlic cloves to the onion and beef mixture and I seasoned the beef with a little grill seasoning (I was worried it would need a little more flavor after reading the other reviews). I think I might top it of with some chives for garnish next time. The potatoes were nice and crispy and the cheese sauce was delicious! Pros: Cheesy crispy potato topping Cons: A little lengthy prep/cook time but worth it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I loved this recipe! I actually put more salt in than directed (a couple teaspoons!) and it tastes soooo good! A great meal to re-heat too! I can't wait to eat it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made this vegetarian by using morningstar crumbles and it was really yummy. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Its definitely a keeper in our book! I do agree with the above poster it may need just a little more salt but I let my husband add his own. Thanks for reinventing a dish we eat often in the winter! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
My family loves this dish and have served it twice. I added garlic salt and omitted salt - yummy. I also use bison meat which has less fat. Alexia organic frozen hashbrowns are a great shortcut. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
This dish was amazing. It's going to be my new go-to comfort food. I agree with the other reviewer about Alexia hashbrowns I used them and they were flavorful and perfect they seemed to me fresher than other brands. I also suggest going with the roasted broccoli as opposed to the frozen as it added so much flavor. My husband and I also discovered that a spot of Tobasco sauce really enhances all the flavors. Sooo good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I made this dish as is and it was wonderful. Roasting the broccoli adds a lot of flavor. It's a keeper! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I didn't love this recipe I want to so badly but it was just missing something I can't quite put my finger on. It does definitely require more salt than the recipe calls for as above posters have noted. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Hrm I just don't love it. I wanted to though but like other posters said it definitely needs more salt. It was just missing something for me I can't quite put my finger on it though. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
My husband and I really liked this recipe. It was a simple-tasting comforting casserole - perfect for a cool fall day. The roasted broccoli was delicious - it really makes the casserole. We decided it tastes like a loaded baked potato...minus the bacon (on second thought bacon would taste great crumbled on top!). There's nothing that will challenge your tastebuds here but sometimes a down-home casserole is just what you need. The downside is that I dirtied just about every pot and cutting board in the kitchen. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I wanted to like this. But I thought it was only barely edible. Didn't like the corn starch taste. Used Whole Foods hashbrowns highest quality beef organic broccoli but will not make again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I used ground venison instead of beef roasted the broccoli but not sure I'd take the time to do that again I didn't think it added much. Overall my husband loved it. I didn't find that there was too much of a cornstarch taste. I cut the recipe in half as this would have been way too much for us and it came out great. I agree a bit more spice (try adding some cayenne) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I loved this!! I had cooked my ground beef the night before did not have onion to put with it but heated the ground beef up last night with a small amount of chopped onion. Yummy! the ground beef I got is from our farmer's market and is all grass fed beef. SOOOO good and lean! It is just my husband and myself but we both loved it and have some for lunch today and still a lot leftover! My mom was "Queen of Casseroles" and I think I am taking over her role... next time though I will get the Alexia hash browns. I used the Ore Ida refrigerated hashbrowns and they browned up very nicely. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I made a double batch because I had lots of beef and broccoli. I made a made a white sauce with butter and flower and thickened with a little cornstarch in the end. I think this may have added what was missing for some of the other posters. I only used 4 cups of milk for my two casseroles (half of what the recipe calls for). I did not use cooking spray on the top and it turned out great! As for seasoning I added a little s&p to the broccoli the beef and the sauce. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I LOVED this recipe!! I decided to try making all of the recipes in the hotdish feature and so far I have made four of them. This was hands down everybody's favorite so far! Totally delicious. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Whole family ate it - picky 9 year old included. Great flavors hearty and a great do-ahead recipe. I did a few shortcuts like other reviewers - frozen steamed brocolli Alexia potatoes and those shortcuts made it take less time than it looks from the recipe - but otherwise did recipe as written and will make a double batch next time since our family of 4 ate half the batch at dinner and packed most of the rest of it for lunch for tomorrow. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Made some minor changes and really enjoyed the dish overall. Changes: Used ground turkey instead of beef Added 3 chopped cloves of garlic to turkey/onion mix Made sure to add S/P and a dash of garlic powder for each major component Added a 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard and a healthy shake of cayenne into the cheese sauce Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Leftovers devoured too! Leftovers don't go over very well at my house but that was not the case with this hotdish. A squirt of ketchup for the kids and a splash of hot sauce for the adults are the only modifications we needed. Great make ahead dinner! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great for adaptations!! I reduced the amount of cheese sauce at the pouring in stage and added an extra egg to the hash browns I was concerned it was going to be too soupy and the crust not crusty enough. I guess an extra egg white would work too. Roasting the Broccoli is a genius step! This dish lasted 24 hours. Everyone wanted leftovers for lunch the next day... I can see where tweaks of your own can really make this dish a family favorite for years to come.. Pros: Simple Simple.. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
So-so...won't make again Overall the dish lacked flavor. Won't make again. Pros: Nice crispy hash browns yummy roasted broccoli Cons: Overall lacked flavor Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Was alright It was alright. My husband loved it after adding a ton of hot sauce to it. My 3 year old wouldn't touch it though. You almost have to add way more salt then the recipe calls for to make it edible. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Tasty cheesy-broccoli dish I really loved this dish; it was satisfying kept me full longer. My husband liked it okay (he said he likes other things better but he would eat it again). I don't necessarily find it the most appealing looking dish in person (I have an aversion to nacho cheese and the cheese sauce takes on that appearance) but once I ate a bite I changed my mind. I didn't really find it lacking in flavor (I even took the easy way out and didn't roast the broccoli). I think the Worcestshire sauce really brings it together flavor-wise. And the hashbrown topping is yummy! I would make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Surprisingly Delicious! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this dish! My husband and I cooked it together so it was a little hectic in our tiny kitchen. I felt like it took a bit long to prep and cook but again there were two of us. I used frozen broccoli and it tasted great. I also used frozen hash browns and thawed them a little in a saute pan with some water. I would have cooker them a tiny bit longer. Overall great dish and I can't wait to make it again. Pros: Tasty Good ingredients Cons: Cooks a long time Read More