1 lb. Prepared Ground Beef
1/2 cup onion
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
16 oz. (1 lb) Mixed Vegetables
18 oz. Jar Beef Gravy
6 servings (about 3 cups) hot prepared instant mashed potatoes (plus ingredients to make potatoes)
2/3 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Chop onion. Heat oil in 10" frying pan over med. heat. Add onion and garlic pressed with garlic press. Cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until tender. Stir in ground beef and seasonings. Add vegetables and gravy to pan. Bring mixture to a boil; spoon into baking pan.
Prepare potatoes according to package microwave directions. Shred cheese in potatoes and mix lightly. Spoon potatoes into pan over meat mixture. Freeze.
Thaw completely and bake covered 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees or until thoroughly heated.
Yield: 6 servings
Cooks Tip: If not using Make-Ahead Ground Beef, prepare recipe with 1 pound ground beef. Omit oil. Cook ground beef with onion and garlic in frying pan 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink; drain. Stir in seasonings and continue as recipe directs.
This casserole needs only crisp bread sticks and fresh fruit for dessert to complete the menu.