Ope, we don’t mean to be a bother, but we have something to share that we think you might like! Up North, we have a thing called the Minnesota Tot Hotdish… now, don’t go around calling it a casserole… that’s not how we do it up here. Ah, don’t ‘cha know, aye? It’s a hotdish! And you betcha it’s oozing with melty cheese, juicy beef, tender hashbrowns, and roasted broccoli. It’s hearty, filling, and warms us up on the chilliest of winter days. Do we love the Minnesota Tot Hotdish? Oh, for sure bud. And we know you will, too!

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  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, cut into 1-inch florets
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, 95% lean
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 4 cups frozen hashbrowns or cooked shredded potatoes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • canola or olive oil cooking spray, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hungarian paprika, preferably hot


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Step 2 –In a large bowl, toss the broccoli in 1 tablespoon of the oil.

Step 3 –Spread the broccoli out on a baking sheet and roast, stirring once halfway through, until they are just soft and browned in spots, about 15 minutes.

Step 4 –While the broccoli roasts, heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 5 –Add the beef and the onion to the oil and cook, breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until the beef has browned and the onion has softened, about 10-12 minutes.

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Step 6 –Stir the Worcestershire, the garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt into the beef mixture.

Step 7 –In a large saucepan, whisk the milk and the cornstarch.

Step 8 –Bring the milk mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking often, until it is bubbling and thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 6-8 minutes.

Step 9 –Transfer the sauce mixture away from the heat and stir the cheese, 3/4 teaspoon of the salt, and the turmeric into the sauce mixture until the cheese has melted.

Step 10 –Spread the beef mixture in a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Step 11 –Top the beef mixture with the broccoli and evenly pour the cheese sauce on top.

Step 12 –In a medium bowl, combine the potatoes, the egg, the pepper, and the remaining salt and sprinkle it evenly over the casserole.

Step 13 –Coat the top of the casserole with the cooking spray.

Step 14 –Bake the casserole until it bubbles and the potatoes begin to brown, about 40 minutes.

Step 15 –Sprinkle the casserole with the paprika.

Step 16 –Let the casserole stand for 10 minutes.

Step 17 –Serve.