Easy Cheesy Garden Hotdish
This lovely dish will warm everyone’s bellies. It is packed with nutritious vegetables and the gooey cheese topping makes it hard to resist. If you have a busy week coming up, you can easily prep Cheesy Garden Hotdish ahead of time and pop it in the oven when needed!
5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
2 cups mix of veggies (I like a mix of fresh or frozen corn, chopped fresh or frozen green beans, chopped bell peppers)
2 lbs. Organic Prairie Ground Beef
1/2 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
6 Tbsp. (49 grams) all-purpose flour
2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1 cup Organic Valley Whole Milk
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1 cup Organic Valley Thick-Cut Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
3 oz. rainbow fingerling potatoes, very thinly sliced
Flaky salt, for sprinkling
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (may be substituted with curly parsley) or ketchup, for serving
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat and melt 1 Tbsp. of the butter. Add the shallots, veggies, and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until softened, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a 9-by-9 casserole dish and spread out evenly. To the skillet, add the beef and 1 tsp. of salt and brown it, breaking up with a spoon or spatula. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the mixture to the casserole dish and spread it out evenly. Scatter on the tomatoes. Set aside while you make the creamed soup. Discard the juices that remain in the skillet, wipe it out, and return it to medium heat.
To make the creamed soup, melt the remaining 4 Tbsp. of butter and whisk in the flour to make a paste. Cook, whisking, for 2 minutes. Whisk in the chicken stock very gradually, in 2 or 3 additions, while whisking continuously and allowing the mixture to thicken before adding each addition. Whisk in the milk very slowly in 2 or 3 additions, while whisking continuously and allowing the mixture to thicken before adding each addition. Season with a bunch of turns of black pepper, thyme, and mustard, and reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally. Taste and add salt if desired. Pour or ladle the mixture over the ground beef. Top with cheese and one even layer of potatoes. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper. Bake until the cheese is splotchy and the potatoes are cooked through; begin checking at 35 minutes.
Top with flaky salt and parsley, if desired. Serve with ketchup, if desired.
To make ahead: Assemble in a metal dish (don’t bake). Let cool, wrap in plastic wrap or foil, and refrigerate or freeze until ready to cook. It'll last 2 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer. If reheating from the fridge, proceed as directed but add on a few more minutes in the oven to ensure that it’s heated through. To reheat from frozen, cover loosely with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for an hour, and then uncover and increase the heat to 425 degrees F and bake until the potatoes are splotchy and the innards are heated through; begin checking at 20 minutes. Let cool slightly, top with parsley, if desired, and serve with ketchup, if desired.