This Is What Grandpa Made Every Sunday – And It Will Melt Your Heart

Somehow it’s always the simplest of recipes that give you the best and most incredible results. I have tried so many times to make a fancy version of this – none of them came even close to the one grandpa used to make.

This recipe has been a great hit over at! The readers have loved it – let’s take a look at what they’ve had to say about it:

“Simple & easy to put together. Hubby loved it! Slightly “warm”, for me, but the pepper flakes do give it that kick. Will be making again.”

Remember, you can always adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to your taste!



3 medium white potatoes (pared, and sliced very thin)

1 lb lean ground beef

1cup onion, chopped

1cup celery, chopped

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

1 teaspoon celery leaves (fresh or dried optional)

1teaspoon salt

1teaspoon pepper

1teaspoon red pepper flakes (spicy optional)


Cheese sauce

2 tablespoons Land O’ Lakes butter

2 tablespoons Gold Medal flour

3cup Borden milk (add a little more if needed)

1cup grated cheddar cheese

1teaspoon nutmeg

1teaspoon McCormick chili powder (optional)

1 pinch salt

1 pinch pepper



1 pinch paprika

grated cheddar cheese



Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.

Preheat oven 375 degrees.

Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and brown ground beef.

Drain ground beef, if necessary.

Add onions and celery to same skillet and cook until soft, adding rest of spice ingredients through pepper flakes. Stir well. But in a bowl and set to the side.

In same skillet, melt butter (or use 1 tablespoon of leftover grease from browning ground beef). Add flour to butter, stirring for one minute over medium-high heat.

Gradually add milk and cook till bubbly and thickened.

Add cheese, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and chili powder continue to stir until melted.

Spoon 1/4 cup of the ground beef mixture and spread evenly on bottom of a baking dish.

Add 1 layer of potatoes.

Alternate ground beef mixture, then potatoes until completely used.

Pour cheese sauce over ground beef and potato mixture.

Top with a pinch of paprika and grated cheese.

Bake for 1 hour, or until potatoes and beef are bubbly and done.



Quick tip: Omit the red pepper flakes and chili powder if you don’t like spicy flavors.

Thank you to Andi over at for this delicious recipe!