Homemade Hamburger Gravy Over Mashed Potatoes
We're in a precarious part of the season. Most of the time the weather is cold, with occasional bouts of sunshine and favorable temperatures. This is the time of year in the midwest when everyone is tired of winter and ready for spring and summer. Many people are dealing with colds, allergies, headaches, and maybe the flu. All this leaves us wanting to lay on the couch covered in cozy blankets, and eating hot, comforting food. We want that delicious, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food, reminiscent of grandma's famous home-cooking. This simple recipe provides those nostalgic feelings without having to spend an entire day cooking in the kitchen.
My husband introduced me to this dish several years ago. It took some time, but I grew to love it. It's a meal his grandmother used to make when he was little and it's one of his favorites! It's incredibly simple and easy to make, and you only need a few ingredients.
The weather here in Ohio has been cold and dreary recently and this was the perfect meal to enjoy as a family. From our table to yours, here is the exact recipe I used, with a few tricks that I have learned over the years to make it even easier. This is a meal the entire family will love! Don't be surprised if they ask you to make it again and again.
- 2-3 lbs. ground beef
- 1-2 lbs. potatoes
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- Peel potatoes. Cut each potato into quarters and toss into a large saucepan.
- Fill the saucepan with water and drain to rinse potatoes.
- Fill saucepan with water again, making sure water level is above potatoes.
- Boil potatoes over medium heat until potatoes are soft.
- While the potatoes are boiling, brown ground beef over medium heat.
- Once ground beef is completely browned, no pink left, drain grease.
- Add 5 generous tablespoons of butter into the browned ground beef. Stir thoroughly.
- Stir in 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
- Sprinkle 5 generous tablespoons of flour onto the browned ground beef slowly spoonful by spoonful, stiring the flour into the beef as you go.
- Pour 1 1/2 to 2 cups of whole milk and stir. The ground beef will start to thicken into the hamburger gravy. Keep stirring until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed and the desired thickness is achieved.
- Once the potatoes are soft, drain all the water.
- Add 5 generous tablespoons of butter to the potatoes.
- Pour in 1/2 to 1 cup of whole milk depending on how thick you like your mashed potatoes. For a thicker consistency, use less milk. If you like your mashed potatoes a little thinner, stir in more milk.
- Using a masher, mash the potatoes and gently stir the ingredients all together.
- Serve generous spoonfuls of hamburger gravy over the mashed potatoes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy this delicious dish with buttery bisquits for a supreme comfort meal the entire family will love!