*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                  Creamed Ground Beef over Mashed Potatoes
 
 Recipe By     : Cathy Lielausis
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beef                             Main Dishes
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      medium        onion -- chopped
    1      clove         garlic -- minced
    1      pound         ground beef
      1/2  teaspoon      salt
      1/4  teaspoon      cayenne pepper
      1/4  teaspoon      black pepper
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      1/4  cup           butter or margarine
      1/4  cup           flour
      1/2  teaspoon      salt
      1/4  teaspoon      black pepper
    2      cups          milk, lowfat is fine
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    4      medium        potatoes -- peeled and cubed
      1/4  cup           milk or cream, lowfat is fine
    1      tablespoon    butter or margarine
 
 Put the onions, garlic, and ground beef in a large skillet.  Cook until
 ground beef is no longer pink.  Drain excess fat, then add salt and
 peppers.  Remove to a separate bowl.
 
 Melt butter (or margarine) in the skillet.  Add flour, salt and pepper.
 Cook, stirring constantly over low heat for about two minutes.  Do not
 allow to burn.  Gradually add milk, stirring constantly after each addition
 and allowing to boil before adding more.  This results in a smooth sauce.
 When all milk has been added, continue to stir constantly and bring to a
 boil.  Allow to boil for one minute or until sauce is thick, continuing to
 stir.  
 
 Remove from heat and stir into beef mixture.
 
 Prepare mashed potatoes:  
 Place potatoes in a pot with enough water to cover by about 1/2 inch.  Cook
 until potatoes are tender.  Pour off cooking water (or save for a terrific
 addition to breads).  Add butter (or margarine) and milk (or cream).  Mash
 to desired consistency.
 
 Serve ground beef mixture spooned over  the mashed potatoes.  
 
 This is really good with colorful vegetables like a mixture of peas,
 carrots, and corn.  It is a wonderful, stick-to-your ribs, warm and cozy
 meal.  If you use low-fat beef and milk, it is a healthy meal too.
 
 Variations:  Add one teaspoon of your favorite spice blend to make a new
 and exciting variation.  I like Adobo (Mexican), or Italian, or Jamaican.
 You can eliminate the cayenne pepper if you don't like spicy hot foods.  If
 you do, then please add more!
 
 
 
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