Meat-and-Potato-Man Dinner (aka “Snow on the Mountain”)

P1030279I must say, this is one of those dishes that is super simple on every count. It’s simple to prepare, simple in ingredients, and simple in concept. So, if you are looking for something fancy or clever, this would not be it. However, it really is a “Meat and Potatoes” meal, if ever there was one. And, that would probably explain why it has always been one of my hubby’s favorite dinners for me to prepare- he is definitely one of those “meat and potato” men.

When I was little, my mom would make this for dinner, and, (probably tired of dealing with picky eaters) gave it a ‘fun name’- “Snow on the Mountain” for us kids to call it. Cute, Mom.

So, what is this dish? It is simply ground beef with diced up onions, that has been browned and then topped with cheese. Then you top that with fluffy mashed potatoes- and mix in cheese with that. All of this is baked for a few minutes to get it hot, melt the cheeses, and give the potatoes a nice golden and almost- crusted top. And that’s it! Super simple, huh?

It is good, though. I mean, what’s not to like? Cheesy beef and cheesy, fluffy, scrumptious mashed potatoes- yeah, it’ll do!

So, forego that new salad you’ve been wanting to try (you know, the one with all the stuff in it that your man will look at like a calf at a new gate) and prepare him a classic, no-fuss, no-surprises “meat and potato” dish that he will certainly love.


  • 1- 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped small
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4-5 medium/large russet potatoes
  • 3 tbs. butter
  • 1/3-1/2 c. milk
  • 2 cups (8 oz) freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Paprika

Brown the ground beef along with the onion.


Sprinkle lightly with a little bit of garlic powder, salt, pepper.

When no longer pink, drain and pour into a 11×7 or 8in baking dish that is lightly greased.

Now, while the meat is browning, you can also peel and slice up the potatoes into smaller chunks.


Place these in a pot and cover with several inches or water. Sprinkle with a little more salt, it desired.  Bring to a boil and cook for 10-15 minutes, until potatoes test done. (tender when poked with a small knife). Drain these.

Transfer the drained potatoes to a mixing bowl. Also add the 3 Tbs. butter, 1/3 cup milk. Beat these with a hand mixer until the potatoes turn smooth and fluffy. You will probably need to add a little more milk- just add a small amount at a time, until desired consistency is reached.


Gently stir in 1 cup of the grated cheese, a pinch of pepper, and about 1/4 tsp. salt.


Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the ground beef.


Then, cover the ground beef with the potatoes, and spread with a spatula to achieve a smooth top.


Sprinkle this very lightly, if desired, with paprika.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, until heated through and the potatoes are very lightly golden.


Serve it up!


(I like to add a little hot sauce over mine)




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One thought on “Meat-and-Potato-Man Dinner (aka “Snow on the Mountain”)

  1. Karen April 13, 2013 at 8:26 am Reply

    This dish would make anyone happy.

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