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.


Remember, you can always adjust the amount of red pepper flakes to your taste! Sometimes I leave them out completely, especially if I’m making this for a family gathering and I know there will be lots of little kids at the dinner table. But when I’m making this for my family, I do like to add red pepper flakes and my kids actually really like it that way!



3 medium white potatoes (pared, thinly sliced)

1 lb lean ground beef or turkey

1cup onion, chopped

1cup celery, chopped

1 tsp garlic, minced

1 tsp celery leaves

1tsp salt

1tsp pepper

1tsp red pepper flakes (spicy optional)

Cheese sauce:

2 Tbsp Land O’ Lakes butter

2 Tbsp Gold Medal all-purpose flour

3cup McArthur milk (or cream)

1cup grated cheddar cheese

1tsp nutmeg

1tsp McCormick chili powder (optional)

1 pinch salt

1 pinch pepper


1 pinch paprika or black pepper

grated cheddar cheese



Grease a baking dish or spray with cooking spray.

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Drain, if necessary.

Add chopped onions and celery and cook until soft, adding rest of spice ingredients through pepper flakes. Mix until well combined. Put in a bowl and set to the side.

In the same skillet, melt butter, add the flour and stir 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.

Spread 1/4 cup of the ground beef mixture on bottom of a baking dish. Add a layer of sliced potatoes. Alternate ground beef mixture, then potatoes until you’ve added all of them.

Pour cheese sauce over ground beef and potato mixture.

Top with a pinch of paprika or ground pepper 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.

Recipe and image courtesy of Genius Kitchen.