When you saute your ground meat and onions, you can add bell peppers if you have them. Then, add some bbq sauce or powder. The powder was great because it had a tasty zing, and didn't make the food too liquidy, so add regular bbq sauce slowly so as not to make it too wet.
You can add corn to the meat mix, or not.
Make mashed potatoes the way that you like, with butter, salt, pepper, etc., and add corn to them. You can give it a quick buzz in something like a food processor to break the kernels up a little.
If you like, mix in cheese now, or wait and add to the top of the casserole...or both, some mashed in, and some on top. Cheese is optional, but it's delicious.
Chives are a nice addition.
Sauteed, chopped, shallots or regular sautéed onions added to the potatoes are really good!
I've never added cooked Anaheim peppers to the potatoes, but bet that it would be good!
Try not to get the potatoes too wet, or serving won't be as nice. You want to be able to cut a square out.
You can now put the meat mixture into a baking dish and top with the mashed potatoes, then some cheese, if doing, or:
Put some mashed potatoes into the pan and push it down on the bottom, so that there's room for the filling on top of them, and also kind of up the sides.
Add the bbq'd meat filling.
Top with the rest of the potatoes, and then with cheese, if using.
Bake at 350 degrees until everything is hot through, and brown on top.
I like to make enough meat to make the meat to potato ratio enticing. When I've had too much potato and too little meat, it was kind of bland. If I have had less meat, I make less potatoes and use a smaller pan, or only put the potatoes on top, but the best is with a thicker layer of bbq'd meat mixture inside.
It's not the original recipe, because there are more ingredients, like bell peppers, cheese, and sautéed shallots/onions in the potatoes with the cheese and broken up corn - or creamed corn if you prefer, but it's developed into a family favorite. :-)
« Back to index