Ground beef and potatoes are the main ingredients in this simple gratin dish, and additional flavor comes from the addition of thyme, cheese, onion, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic add plenty of delicious flavor to the dish. It’s easy to make.
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You need to brown the beef before you begin, and then layer the ingredients in your slow cooker and cook for several hours. The kitchen is going to smell incredible while this tasty gratin dish is cooking.
It’s a rich, robust and flavor-packed dish which is great for those cold evenings when you crave hearty food which will both fill you up and warm you up. But of course you an make it any time you want. The dish can be customized to your palate if you want to use different vegetables, another kind of cheese and so on, or you can make it exactly as written.
There’s no way you’ll be disappointed!
Why You’ll Love the Recipe:
This crockpot-friendly gratin can be left to its own devices. As soon as you’ve added the ingredients to the slow cooker, you can just forget all about it until you catch a whiff of your kitchen smelling incredible about 4 hours later!
How to Serve It:
Enjoy this beef and potato gratin warm from the crockpot, perhaps paired with your favorite steamed, roasted or grilled vegetables.
- Dried thyme
- Ground beef
- Cheddar cheese
- Chicken broth
- Worcestershire sauce
- Minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
How to make Slow Cooker Beef and Potato Gratin:
Add the ground beef to a skillet over medium high heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute until completely browned. Drain the excess grease.
Layer half of the potatoes in a slow cooker.
Sprinkle half of the thyme, garlic, onions and salt and pepper to taste on top.
Spread half of the meat and sprinkle half of the cheese on top.
Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients.
Add the Worcestershire sauce and chicken broth to the slow cooker.
Cook for 4 hours on high.
Ideal for a busy weeknight dinner, this wonderful beef and potato gratin couldn’t be easier to make. Also, since it cooks in a crockpot for 4 hours, you can go out and leave it to cook in there, and come back home to a perfectly cooked meal.
Slow Cooker Beef and Potato Gratin
- 1 tsp. Dried thyme
- 1 lb. Ground beef
- 3 C. Cheddar cheese
- 3 lbs. Potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
- ½ C. Chicken broth
- 1 Small onion chopped
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp. Minced garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Add the ground beef to a skillet over medium high heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute until completely browned. Drain the excess grease.
- Layer half of the potatoes in a slow cooker.
- Sprinkle half of the thyme, garlic, onions and salt and pepper to taste on top.
- Spread half of the meat and sprinkle half of the cheese on top.
- Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients.
- Add the worcestershire sauce and chicken broth to the slow cooker.
- Cook for 4 hours on high.
Can You Make It Ahead?
You can cook the beef ahead if you want, and then assemble and cook the gratin later.
Leftovers will be fine in the fridge for 3 or 4 days and you can microwave them to reheat.
Variations and Substitutions:
Change any part of this gratin recipe you want, perhaps using pork instead of beef or trying another type of cheese.