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This will make your taste buds so happy.
For the potatoes:
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Wash and dry the potatoes. Poke holes in the potatoes with a two prong cooking fork. Cover all sides of the potatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle the kosher salt over all sides of the potatoes.
Place the potatoes on a rack that you’ve set inside of a cookie sheet. Bake them uncovered in the preheated oven for about an hour or until done.
While the potatoes are baking, make the thyme ground beef and gravy.
For the Thyme Ground Beef and Gravy:
Heat a pan on medium heat and add the ground beef, onion powder, pepper, garlic powder and salt. Stir the spices in with the ground beef.
Then remove the leaves from the sprigs of thyme. If the leaves are small, no need to chop them. But if the leaves are on the larger side, then chop the thyme. Add the thyme in with the ground beef.
Next, add 2 cups of beef broth and stir.
In a small bowl, add the flour and 4 ½ to 5 tablespoons of the beef broth or water, enough so that the consistency is just a bit thinner than ketchup.
Slowly add the flour mixture a little at a time into the ground beef mixture, and continuously stir as you’re adding it.
Then add the butter and stir. Let the mixture simmer and continue to stir until the gravy thickens up just a bit (about 5 to 7 minutes). Give it a quick taste and add more salt of you like.
Once the potatoes are done, brush off some of the excess salt, make a slice on top of the potatoes, and fluff up the insides with a fork.
Spoon the thyme ground beef and gravy over the top of the potato and serve with a small dinner salad or all by itself.
While my hubby used frozen fries (which also work great), this recipe starts from scratch, because I have plenty of potatoes in the bin. The fries come out crisp without being fried while the seasoning adds a nice flavor with a little kick of spice. This recipe will please husbands, wives, kids … even in-laws!
Oh, this sauce. Drinkable.
This is a healthier version of the croquettes you know and love. Using leftover mashed potatoes they go together in a snap.
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Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!