Try this Ground Beef and Potato recipe! It is basically a casserole or a moussaka dish, but can be prepared in a pot instead of cooking it in the oven. There are a variety of moussaka dishes originating around the Middle East using various vegetables and meats, but most use ground beef or lamb. This recipe is a Turkish dish that I learned from my mom. It is one of the easiest recipes I learned and I make it a lot during the fall and winter months. It is served as a main dish as it is a hearty meal. It is also a very affordable recipe as it calls for a few ingredients that are found in any local grocery store. This dish can also be made during busy week nights as it does not take long to make.
To prepare this dish, start by washing and peeling the potatoes. Then, slice the potatoes 1/2" thick. Place them in a bowl of water so they do not brown. In a saucepan or larger pot (depending on how much you plan to make), under medium heat, melt the butter and add the diced onions. Saute until the onions are translucent (not caramelized), about 5-7 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until brown. Add the tomato paste. Mix with the meat. Place the potatoes on top of the meat mixture. Add enough water to barely cover the potatoes.
Please note: Do not add too much water or it will be like a soup. Monitor the water level during cooking as you may need to add a touch. The liquid should be of an orange color from the tomato paste. Add Salt and Pepper to Taste. Bring to a boil. Once it boils, bring it down to a medium-low for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. To add heat, add chopped jalapenos on top.
Serve this Ground Beef and Potato Stew hot as a main course dish. In Turkey, people serve this with some crusty bread for dipping, but if you are limiting your carbs, you can serve it along side a health side salad of your choice instead.
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