Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Cheesy Baked Potato

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef or 1 pint Homemade Organic Freezer Beef Mix
  • 1 Tbsp. rendered bacon fat, can substitute rendered ham fat
  • 2 Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 1/2 cup homemade organic cracklings; OR cooked organic bacon, diced; OR cooked organic pork belly, seasoned to taste with salt and pepper and diced
  • 1 cup Homemade Organic Beef Stock
  • 3/4 cup Homemade Organic Vegetable Stock
  • 1 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Sweet Whey
  • 1/8 tsp. homemade smoke flavoring (not from a store!!)
  • 3-4 small organic new potatoes, sliced 1/8″ thick (Make sure the potatoes are right about the same size and use a mandolin or food processor with slicing blade to slice them.)
  • 2-3 organic garlic cloves, minced (optional)
  • 2 tsp. dried organic parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp. dried organic chives
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground peppercorn blend
  • 1/4 tsp. organic turmeric
  • 1-1/4 cups organic cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup organic ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup organic sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp. organic blue cheese crumbles

Here’s How I did it:

  1. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Beef Mix:  Pour 1/4 cup water into a deep frying pan with lid; Add the frozen beef mix and simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces and add the garlic; Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Add the bacon grease to the skillet and mix with the flour; Heat for one minute. Proceed with step 5.
  2. Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the rendered bacon or ham fat to the pan and and mix with the flour; Heat for one minute.
  4. Add the ground hamburger and saute until halfway browned; Add the garlic and cook until the hamburger is browned.
  5. Add the sour cream, milk, whey, beef stock, liquid smoke, chives, parsley, turmeric, garlic, salt, and pepper to the pan and mix well.
  6. Heat the mixture until just shy of boiling over medium-high heat, as to not scald the milk.
  7. Add the sliced potatoes, reduce heat to medium-low and cover.
  8. Simmer, covered, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender, gently stirring occasionally.
  9. Gently stir in the cheddar cheese, ricotta cheese, and blue cheese, allowing it to melt into the dish.
  10. Uncover and allow to stand for 5 minutes so that the mixture can thicken.
  11. Enjoy!

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