Wednesday, January 19, 2011

meat 'n' potatoes skillet meal

If you love meat and potatoes meals, this is for you.

If you love one-pot skillet meals, this is for you.

If you love dinners chock full of fresh veggies, this is for you.

Chances are, this is for you.

We just love this meal.  It's easy and simple to make, requires very little clean-up, and it gets my hubby to eat his veggies!  And, because it uses only fresh ingredients, it's a meal that I don't have to feel guilty about.

First, line the bottom of a skillet with slices of bacon (it's easier if you cut them in half).  Cast iron skillets work great with this recipe.

Place four meat patties on top of the bacon and sprinkle them with salt and pepper or, even better, Cajun seasoning.  You could use hamburger meat, ground turkey, etc...the sky is the limit!

Slice up a bit of onion and place on top of the meat patties.

Place some sliced potato on top of the meat and onions.

Then, fill in around the edges with baby carrots and mushrooms.  At this point, you should also liberally season with your favorite seasonings.  I used basil, parsley, and my favorite steak seasoning.  Once again, though, the sky is the limit!

Cook this mixture on medium to medium-high heat until the bacon starts to sizzle.  At that point, pour in about 1/2 cup of red wine (or chicken broth, if you aren't into wine).  Cover and cook on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.  Make sure that stays warm enough to continue simmering.

Remove the lid and flip the meat patties (this will take some fancy spatula aerobics!).  Cover the lid once again and cook for another 20 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through, the bacon is crispy, and the veggies are tender.  Add more wine or chicken broth if you need to.

Serve this hearty meal by just dumping it in a pile on each plate. :-)  We love to drizzle BBQ sauce over the meat patties for an extra kick.

Meat 'n' Potatoes Skillet Meal
3-4 slices bacon, cut in half
1 lb. ground meat (beef or turkey), shaped into 4 patties
1/2 onion, sliced
4 potatoes, sliced
1 1/2 cups baby carrots
1 cup mushrooms
1/4-1/2 cup red wine (or water)
salt, pepper, and other seasonings to taste

Line the bottom of a large skillet with bacon.  Place meat patties over the bacon and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Place onion slices over patties.  Cover onion with potatoes, and surround meat patties with carrots and mushrooms.  Sprinkle all with your favorite seasonings.  Cover and cook on medium-high heat until bacon begins to sizzle.  Add wine; cover and cook on medium-low heat for 20-25 minutes.  Flip meat patties and cook an additional 20-25 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and vegetables are tender.  Serve with barbecue sauce.  Serves 4.

IBS Variation - leave out the bacon (or use turkey bacon).

Nutrition (calculated with ground turkey and without seasonings): 419 calories, 12g fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 96mg cholesterol, 297mg sodium, 47g carbs, 7g fiber, 5g sugar, 28g protein, 161% vit. A, 77% vit. C, 6% calcium, 20% iron.


  1. Oh my word, this looks fabulous - it is the meal for me! One dish, cast iron skillet, meat, veggies - drooling as we speak!

  2. oh my goodness!! Does that look amazing it what!! WOW! My hubby would love this.. though I can feel my arteries clogging already.. LOL.

    Is it mean or were you MIA for awhile.. maybe I've just missed some of your posts..

    Anywhoo.. glad to be back..

  3. Yummy! and it has mushrooms which makes my husband happy. We will be trying this one soon. Thanks for sharing.

  4. One dish meals are wonderful! This is a meal that would please any meat and potato guy.

  5. This is right up my alley! My husband does not like mushrooms but, with something like this I can add them and enjoy them myself and he does not have to hunt for them to pick them out. I will definitely be trying this in the coming weeks!

  6. I mean seriously, how can you go wrong with that? It's a beautiful thing girl!


  7. Yum! Looks like a great meal..hopefully for tomorrow night! Can't wait to try it!

  8. I try really hard *not* to let the husband eat bacon - simply because he'd eat it every day - but this dish looks so good this just might be in his future!

  9. This looks so good, and I know my husband would LOVE it. He's a big bacon fan!


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