Beef and Gravy with Mashed Potatoes

This meal tastes way more complex than it is to make – thanks, in great part, to the use of a packet of Au Jus Gravy mix (if you don’t want to use a prepacked mix, feel free to make gravy as you normally would). While I didn’t put mushrooms in this dish (my youngest doesn’t care for mushrooms), it would be delicious with mushrooms.

I started with one thinly sliced onion and some garlic. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – most delicious things start with onion and garlic! I cooked the onion and garlic in a hot pan, with a bit of olive oil and butter. I let them cook until soft.

Then I added in the meat – I used beef stew meat and it worked great – and browned it. Then I added in the remaining butter and stirred through, before adding in the Au Jus mix and broth.

I let the broth come to a boil, then I reduced the heat to a simmer, covered the pan and allowed it to simmer for 45 minutes.

To finish the gravy, I added in some heavy cream and let it thicken. If it isn’t as thick as you’d like – you can also do a simple slurry to thicken it.

I served it over mashed potatoes (I’ve blogged about my mashed potatoes before – when I made Cheeseburger Pie – I’m very particular about mashed potatoes). You can check out the recipe for the potatoes on that blog post.

Paired with some asparagus, and it was a fantastic meal!

Beef and Gravy with Mashed Potatoes

Total prep and cooking time approx 1 hour 15 minutes

2 – 2 1/2 lbs beef tips (or beef stew meat)
1 onion, sliced thin
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 pack Au jus gravy mix
1 1/2 cups stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp olive oil

Mashed Potatoes – you can find my recipe for mashed potatoes as part of this blog post.

  • In hot pan, add olive oil and 1/2 of the butter
  • Add in the onion and garlic, cook until soft
  • Add in meat and brown, add in the remaining butter and stir through
  • Add in the au jus gravy mix and then the stock, lower to a simmer – cover and cook for 45 minutes
  • Add in cream and allow to thicken (if it doesn’t thicken as much as you’d like, you can make a slurry and stir in until it is to your desired thickness)

Serve over mashed potatoes (Or rice, is you prefer!)

Cheeseburger Pie

This recipe is one that I’ve been cooking for years. Some might even say that it is my ‘signature’ dish. It’s good, comfort food! I can remember having something similar when I was a kid – over the years, I’ve tweaked it and adjusted it to our taste. It’s a layered casserole type dish that makes me so happy (it is PERFECT for leftovers – it just gets better!).

The dish is topped with mashed potatoes, so the first step is to dice up some potatoes and get them on to boil.

Then you will start making the base of the dish – the meat mixture. You’ll add your olive oil to a pan (or dutch oven) and heat it up – then, you add what all good dishes start with – garlic and onion! Cooking the onions until they are translucent.

Next, add the ground beef, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Cook until the ground beef is fully cooked.

The next step is to add the tomato paste, tomatoes and green beans.

Once all of the ingredients for the base of the dish have been added – cook for 10-15 minutes, allowing all the flavors to mix. Reduce the temperature to low-medium heat for the 10-15 minutes.

While the meat mixture is cooking – make your mashed potatoes. I’m a very picky about mashed potatoes and I make mine the way I grew up eating them – with Duke’s mayonnaise as part of the mix. This may not be to your liking (but, if you’ve never tried it – you should!!) – so, just make the mashed potatoes that you’d normally make.

After both components (meat mixture and potatoes) are you complete – you’ll add the potatoes on top of the meat mixture and top with grated sharp cheddar cheese (you can certainly use pre-grated cheese, but it will not be a good as if you grate it yourself !)

Put the baking dish or dutch oven in the preheated oven and cook until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown – change the oven over to broil for the last couple minutes and you’ll have a beautifully browned top to your cheeseburger pie.

If you like, you can top it with fresh basil – but, this is definitely not necessary.

I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as I do – it is, without a doubt, one of my favorite things that I make! And, has always been something that people have loved for me to make!

Cheeseburger Pie

1tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 can french style green beans
1 small can (6 oz) tomato paste
1 large can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
4 oz (1/2 small block) grated sharp cheddar cheese
Mashed Potatoes (my recipe below)

  • In pan (or dutch oven, if you want less to wash 🙂 ), warm up the olive oil
  • Add onion and garlic ad cook until onion is translucent
  • Add ground beef, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning and cook until ground beef is fully cooked (if you use lean enough ground beef, there is no need to drain the meat, otherwise, drain out the excess oil before next step)
  • Add in tomato paste, tomatoes and green beans and combine – allow mixture to cook for 10-15 minutes
  • If you did the meat mixture in a pan, transfer to a large baking dish – other wise, you’ll use the dutch oven for the next step.
  • Top meat mixture with mashed potatoes and cheese
  • Put in 400% oven for 30 minutes (on the last couple minutes, turn oven to broil to help brown the top).

Mashed Potatoes
8-10 potatoes, diced
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup Duke’s mayonnaise
2 tbsp butter
salt to taste

  • Boil potatoes in salted water, until fork tender. Drain potatoes and return to pot
  • Add butter, milk and mayonnaise
  • Mash with masher to your desired consistency (I don’t like mine too smooth)
  • Salt to taste