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Hearty Ground Beef Skillet

This Hearty Ground Beef Skillet straddles the line between two very different worlds. On the one hand, it's clearly a home-cooking masterpiece, as heartwarming and filling as a skillet of savory ground beef and fresh vegetables can be. On the other hand, it's also inspired by French cooking with its delicious richness, especially demonstrated in the red wine sauce and the tender, yet crisp, golden potato scales on top. By drawing from both worlds, this Hearty Ground Beef Skillet will cement itself as the tastiest dinner in your weekly rotation and is sure to impress.
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the skillet:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 medium carrots sliced
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence
  • 1 1/4 cups dry red wine or reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can reduced-sodium beef broth

For the topping:

  • 1 1/4 pounds red potatoes cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • fresh parsley optional, minced

Instructions
 

  • In a 12-inch cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet, cook and crumble the ground beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Stir in 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper.
  • Transfer the beef to a plate.
  • In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  • Add the onions, the carrots, the mushrooms, and the garlic and sauté until the onions are tender, about 4-6 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour and the Herbes de Provence and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in the wine and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Cook the mixture for 1 minute, stirring to loosen any browned bits from the pan.
  • Add the cooked beef and the beef broth, then bring the mixture to a boil again.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cover the skillet.
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are blended, about 30 minutes.
  • Transfer the skillet from the heat.
  • Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover them.
  • Bring the potatoes to a boil, then reduce the heat.
  • Cook the potatoes at a simmer until tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and allow them to cool slightly.
  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Arrange the potatoes over the stew, overlapping slightly, and brush them lightly with the remaining olive oil.
  • Sprinkle the potatoes with the remaining salt and the remaining pepper.
  • Sprinkle the parmesan on top of the potatoes.
  • Broil the skillet about 5-6 inches from the heat until the potatoes are lightly browned, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with the parsley and serve.
Keyword broth, ground beef skillet, red wine
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