Compared to other ground beef skillet recipes, the depth of flavor in this recipe is amazing. If your butcher has chili grind beef, which is coarsely ground, go for that; it lends an extra-meaty texture.

Prep Time    : 25  mins
Cook Time   : 45 mins

Servings      : 8


·         2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
·         1/2 teaspoon salt
·         1/4 teaspoon pepper
·         1 tablespoon olive oil
·         1 large onion, chopped
·         4 medium carrots, sliced
·         1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
·         4 garlic cloves, minced
·         2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
·         2 teaspoons herbes de Provence
·         1-1/4 cups dry red wine or reduced-sodium beef broth
·         1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
·         1-1/4 pounds red potatoes (about 4 medium), cut into 1/4-inch slices
·         1 tablespoon olive oil
·         1/4 teaspoon salt
·         1/8 teaspoon pepper
·         1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
·         Minced fresh parsley, optional


1.   In a broiler-safe 12-in. skillet, cook and crumble beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper; remove from pan.
2. In same pan, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute onion, carrots, mushrooms and garlic until onion is tender, 4-6 minutes. Stir in flour and herbs; cook 1 minute. Stir in wine; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Add beef and broth; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until flavors are blended, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
3.   Meanwhile, place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain; cool slightly.
4.  Preheat broiler. Arrange potatoes over stew, overlapping slightly; brush lightly with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then cheese. Broil 5-6 in. from heat until potatoes are lightly browned, 6-8 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.

Test Kitchen Tips
·     Common olive oil works better for cooking at high heat than virgin or extra-virgin oil. These higher grades have ideal flavor for cold foods, but they smoke at lower temperatures.
·         Using a combination of ground beef and Italian sausage gives this recipe a flavor boost. (And it’s a great idea for perking up most ground beef meals.)
·         Try these super easy ground beef recipes.


1-1/4 cups: 313 calories, 14g fat (5g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 459mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Recipe from tasteofhome.com

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