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Country Meat & Potatoes Skillet Dinner

Sometimes, just sometimes, simple is better.

Instead of using 27 different ingredients for dinner, sometimes 3 just works.

Instead of taking hours to cook one meal, sometimes taking minutes is better.

Instead of presenting a pretty plate of food, sometimes just spooning your dish on a plate works.

This is one of those “sometimes” dishes. It takes minimal ingredients (really just three, if you don’t count the oil and seasonings), minimal time, and minimal effort. The hardest part of this recipe is scrubbing and slicing the potatoes (you don’t even have to peel them!).

I made this recipe for my husband’s lunches this week and he enjoyed it. I should have cooked the potatoes a bit longer (my bad) but I’ve adjusted the recipe below for that. Make sure your potatoes are tender before serving—simply use a fork to see if you can cut them easily in half. If you can, they’re done.

If you want to add more pizazz, chop up some chives and fresh parsley to top this with. It would also taste pretty good with chopped bacon and sour cream. Don’t feel obligated to make this recipe more than it really is, though, because sometimes—simple is better.


Country Meat and Potatoes Skillet Dinner

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A simple, cheesy dinner made all in one skillet with hamburger, potatoes and cheese.


  • 1.5 lbs. ground beef or turkey
  • 4 large Russet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/4″ thin
  • 2 TBS. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
  • Directions

    1. In a large skillet with a lid, heat oil over medium heat. Add meat, salt and garlic powder and cook until lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Do not drain.
    2. Add sliced potatoes and season with more salt and pepper. Stir and cover with a lid and keep heat around medium low.
    3. Let mixture cook for about 15 minutes. Remove lid and stir, bringing bottom ingredients to the top. Cover and cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
    4. Sprinkle cheese on top of skillet meal and cover, removing skillet from heat. Let cheese melt for about 5 minutes before serving.

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