Four Layer Beef and Bacon Casserole

Four Layer Beef and Bacon Casserole
The Paleo Kitchen

This beef and bacon casserole is meaty, delicious and follows the paleo diet! It's one of George Bryant's favorite recipes from his book, "The Paleo Kitchen."

8
Servings
323
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Mash

  • ½-pound bacon
  • ¼-cup coconut milk
  • ½-teaspoon dried sage
  • ¼-teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 medium-sized sweet potatoes

Cauliflower Mash

  • 1 head cauliflower chopped into florets
  • ½-teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼-cup coconut milk

Ground Beef Mixture

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 8 ounces (225 grams) button mushrooms, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Ingredients

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch (23-by-33-cm) baking dish.

Place the bacon on a rimmed baking sheet, place in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until cooked through. Roughly chop the bacon. Set aside.

Turn up the oven to 400 degrees F. Poke holes in sweet potato with a fork. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft and easily pieced through with a knife. The time may range depending on the thickness of the sweet potatoes.

While the potatoes are baking, steam the cauliflower. Once cauliflower is fork tender, place it in a food processor or blender and puree until cauliflower becomes soft and resembles mashed potatoes. Then add the coconut milk and salt and pepper and continue to blend until you have a smooth consistency. Remove from the blender and set aside. Clean out the blender for the sweet potato mash.

When sweet potatoes are soft, remove their skins and place in the food processor or blender. Blend until the sweet potato breaks down, then add the coconut milk, sage, and salt and pepper and puree until smooth. Set aside for later.

Lastly, place a large pan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Once the meat begins to brown, add the garlic, yellow onion and button mushrooms. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and continue to cook until the meat is cooked through, then remove the pan from heat.

Create the layers: Use a slotted spoon to remove half of the meat mixture from the excess liquid in the pan and place in the prepared baking dish in one layer. Then pour the cauliflower mash mixture on top of the meat and spread out. Then, using the slotted spoon, add the other half of the meat on top of the cauliflower mash. Lastly, pour the sweet potato mash on top and spread it out on top of the meat.

Turn oven down to 350 degrees F. Place the casserole in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until the casserole begins to bubble. Then turn on the broiler to high and cook for 5 minutes to brown the top of the casserole. Let rest to thicken and garnish with the bacon before serving.

Directions

Sweet Potato Mash

Cauliflower Mash

Ground Beef Mixture

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
19g
27%
Sugar
5g
6%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
102mg
34%
Carbohydrate, by difference
5g
4%
Protein
31g
67%
Vitamin A, RAE
16µg
2%
Vitamin B-12
4µg
100%
Calcium, Ca
53mg
5%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fluoride, F
3µg
0%
Folate, total
13µg
3%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
31mg
10%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
284mg
41%
Selenium, Se
19µg
35%
Sodium, Na
124mg
8%
Water
85g
3%
Zinc, Zn
7mg
88%

Beef Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Beef Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.