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Molly Yeh’s Busy Day Hotdish | Girl Meets Farm | Food Network

Molly Yeh’s Busy Day Hotdish | Girl Meets Farm | Food Network

Curly fries + a cheesy, meaty mix? We’re SO ready for this 😋

Busy Day Hotdish
Level: Easy
Total: 1 hr 25 min
Active: 45 min
Yield: 6 servings


4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish
2 pounds ground beef (93 percent lean)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch scallions (about 6), chopped
2 teaspoons paprika
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
One 1-pound bag frozen seasoned curly fries
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.

Heat a medium Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the butter, and once it melts, add the beef and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper and scallions (saving a handful of the greens for garnish) and cook until the vegetables begin to wilt, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the paprika and several grinds of pepper, then stir to coat the beef in the spices. Stir in the corn.

Sprinkle the flour over the beef and stir to incorporate. Cook and stir until the flour begins to toast, about 2 minutes. Add the broth and cream gradually while stirring. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the parsley, mustard, dill and thyme. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Arrange the curly fries in a tight layer over the top. Sprinkle with the cheese. Bake until the cheese and fries are crispy and the sauce is bubbly, about 40 minutes. Sprinkle with the reserved scallion greens and serve hot.