This is a traditional Danish casserole taught to me by my grandmother. The combination of meat, vegetables and spices makes it very tasty, and it is also easy to prepare.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the shortening in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef, and cook, stirring to crumble, until evenly browned. Mix in the onion and garlic; cook until tender. Drain excess grease, and sprinkle in the flour, salt, pepper, sugar, basil, cinnamon and oregano. Stir in the mushrooms and tomato sauce, and simmer for 15 minutes over low heat.

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  • Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl or dish, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until about halfway done.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish, or shallow casserole dish of similar size, layer half of the potatoes. Spread half of the meat sauce over them, then sprinkle with half of the cheese. Repeat the layers ending with cheese on top.

  • Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until potatoes are tender and cheese is browned.

Nutrition Facts

537 calories; protein 34.9g 70% DV; carbohydrates 39.1g 13% DV; fat 27.1g 42% DV; cholesterol 106.3mg 35% DV; sodium 1183.1mg 47% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2006
Wonderful! You can not leave out the cinnamon; it's the best part. My husband came in and said "what is that incredible smell!?" I didn't have tomato juice used v8. I didn't have mushrooms left 'em out. I didn't have swiss used mozzerella. They loved the cinnamon. Hubby and all three sons asked for thirds but it was all gone. I'll double next time. Served it with brown rice (sauce from Mansaka mixed well with the rice) and candied yams and tea. Thanks!!!:o) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/20/2006
I am from Denmark and I love to cook. This is not a Danish recipe not traditionally and not in modern new cooking. It may have been made by your grandmother but you cannot call it Danish. Danish food does not use those ingredients. Mansaka tribe is a sub-group of Mandaya and they are chiefly found in Compostela Valley the southeastern area of Mindanao (south of Philippines). Perhaps you should call it a traditional recipe from the Philippines. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/20/2006
I am from Denmark and I love to cook. This is not a Danish recipe not traditionally and not in modern new cooking. It may have been made by your grandmother but you cannot call it Danish. Danish food does not use those ingredients. Mansaka tribe is a sub-group of Mandaya and they are chiefly found in Compostela Valley the southeastern area of Mindanao (south of Philippines). Perhaps you should call it a traditional recipe from the Philippines. Read More
(63)
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2006
Wonderful! You can not leave out the cinnamon; it's the best part. My husband came in and said "what is that incredible smell!?" I didn't have tomato juice used v8. I didn't have mushrooms left 'em out. I didn't have swiss used mozzerella. They loved the cinnamon. Hubby and all three sons asked for thirds but it was all gone. I'll double next time. Served it with brown rice (sauce from Mansaka mixed well with the rice) and candied yams and tea. Thanks!!!:o) Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2005
This dish is really different from the normal hamburger casserole. The cinnamon gives it this wonderful aroma and it tastes very nice. I will definately make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2006
It doesn't matter to me where exactly the recipe came from all that matters is that your grandmother made a wonderful dish! My family loved it! I also used fresh mushrooms because I had lots of them! And I used butter instead of shortening. Very tasty! Thank you for sharing this! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2006
I really like this recipe and yes I tried it in the crockpot today. I substituted 6 oz. tomato paste and 2 cups water for the tomato sauce. Used a lower sodium but a real salt which reduced the sodium to approximately 800 mg (vs. the 1268 in original recipe) per serving. Went for the gusto with the all herbs called for. Skipped the mushrooms and the shortenning. I also used mozzarella rather than swiss as it was on hand. I prepped the potatoes as stated and prepped sauce as indicated too. Layered in crockpot on high 2 hours/low 2-3 more hours. Will make again with the 'srooms and swiss and I am sure it can only get better than it already is. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2011
This was hit all around:) I would drop out the shortening next time. You do not have to have tomoato sauce - I just used diced tomatos. I lso cooked it in a smaller deeper dish. I am sure cooking it in a larger dish allows the potatos to crisp a bit but they were delicious this way to. The real key to this dish is the seasonings - it is a perfect blend:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2006
Easy to make and a nice change from "canned soup and ground beef" casseroles. The whole family loved it! I used fresh mushrooms because I had a bunch that needed to be used but didn't change the recipe other than that. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2006
I baked this for 30 min. at 350 and it was perfect. Unusual casserole the cinnimon gives it a different flavor. My family really liked it and it will be great for easy winter food. Thanks for something new! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/22/2006
This is a GREAT recipe I made it over last weekend and I would have to say that the leftovers were even better! My wife liked it even more than I did. We will definately make this one often. JJ Read More
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