Salt Crusted Baked Potato with Thyme Ground Beef and Gravy

Sometimes my taste buds are in charge.  They can be so bossy too.

When they make up their mind that they want something for dinner I have to make it or I’ll never hear the end of it.

Recently my taste buds insisted that they wanted a salt crusted baked potato topped with ground beef, and a light gravy flavored with fresh thyme.

How they come up with their cravings I’ll never know.

So I had no choice but to make this delicious recipe.

Have you ever had salt crusted baked potatoes in a restaurant before?

They are so amazingly, over the top delicious.

Seriously, when I’m at a steakhouse and they serve those yummy potatoes baked with salt all around the potato skins, well I just can’t stop eating it.

And after I’ve mowed the potato down…..I meant to say, after I’ve delicately eaten the potato….I’m way too full to eat any of the steak.

When these yummy salt crusted potatoes are baking, it kind of smells like French fries in the house. 

This is a quick and easy meal that goes great with a small dinner salad.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

For the salt crusted baked potatoes – large russet potatoes, olive oil (or canola oil), and kosher salt.

For the thyme ground beef and gravy – lean ground beef, beef broth, onion powder, salt, ground black pepper, garlic powder, and flour.  Oh and butter too which I forgot to put in the picture. 
 

Here’s how to make it:

For the Potatoes:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Wash and dry the potatoes.

Poke holes in the potatoes with a two prong cooking fork.

This cooking fork was my grandmother’s. 

You know what she used it for? She made the best fried chicken in the whole world with it.

Everytime I use this fork I have an image in my mind of her hand holding that fork turning the chicken as it was frying. 

Funny how things can stick in your mind……yet I can’t remember how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon to save my life.

Next,

Cover all sides of the potatoes with the olive oil.

Then,

Sprinkle the kosher salt over all sides of the potatoes.

Place the potatoes on a rack with a cookie sheet under it.

Bake them uncovered in a preheated oven for about an hour or until done.

While the potatoes are baking, make the thyme ground beef and gravy.

For the Thyme Ground Beef and Gravy:

Heat a pan on medium heat,

and add the ground beef.

Next add the onion powder….

…..pepper….

…..garlic powder…

….and the salt.

Stir the spices in with the ground beef.

Then,

remove the leaves from the sprigs of thyme.

If the leaves are small, no need to chop them.

But if the leaves are on the larger side, then chop the thyme.

Add the thyme in with the ground beef.

Next, add 2 cups of beef broth and stir.

In a small bowl, add the flour and 4 ½ to 5 tablespoons of beef broth or water, so that the consistency is just a bit thinner than ketchup.

Slowly add the flour mixture a little at a time to the ground beef mixture and continuously stir as you’re adding it.

Then add the butter, and stir.

Let simmer and continue to stir until the gravy thickens up just a bit (about 5 to 7 minutes). 

Give it a quick taste and add more salt of you like.

Once the potatoes are done, brush off some of the excess salt, make a slice on top of the potato…..

…..and fluff up the inside of the potato with a fork.

Spoon the thyme ground beef and gravy over the top of the potato and…..

….Enjoy!

The salt crusted potato skin is soooo good……

…..and the potato is super tasty with the thyme ground beef and gravy.

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Salt Crusted Baked Potato with Thyme Ground Beef and Gravy

Yield: Serves 3

Ingredients:

For the Potatoes
3 large Russet Potatoes
3 tablespoons Kosher Salt
3 tablespoons Olive Oil (or Canola Oil)

For the Thyme Ground Beef and Gravy
1 pound lean Ground Beef
2 teaspoons Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Salt (or salt to taste)
1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme Leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried Thyme Leaves)
2 cups Beef Broth
1 tablespoon Butter
3 tablespoons Flour
4 ½ to 5 tablespoons Beef Broth or Water

Directions:

For the Potatoes: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Wash and dry the potatoes. Poke holes in the potatoes with a two prong cooking fork. Cover all sides of the potatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle the kosher salt over all sides of the potatoes. Place the potatoes on a rack with a cookie sheet under it. Bake them uncovered in a preheated oven for about an hour or until done. While the potatoes are baking, make the thyme ground beef and gravy.

For the Thyme Ground Beef and Gravy: Heat a pan on medium heat and add the ground beef, onion powder, pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Stir the spices in with the ground beef. Then remove the leaves from the sprigs of thyme. If the leaves are small, no need to chop them. But if the leaves are on the larger side, then chop the thyme. Add the thyme in with the ground beef. Next, add 2 cups of beef broth and stir.

In a small bowl, add the flour and 4 ½ to 5 tablespoons of the beef broth or water, so that the consistency is just a bit thinner than ketchup. Slowly add the flour mixture a little at a time to the ground beef mixture, and continuously stir as you’re adding it. Then add the butter and stir.

Let simmer and continue to stir until the gravy thickens up just a bit (about 5 to 7 minutes). Give it a quick taste and add more salt of you like. Once the potatoes are done, brush off some of the excess salt, make a slice on top of the potato, and fluff up the inside with a fork.

Spoon the thyme ground beef and gravy over the top of the potato and serve with a small dinner salad or all by itself.

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8 Responses to “Salt Crusted Baked Potato with Thyme Ground Beef and Gravy”

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    Bibi @ Bibi's Culinary Journey — July 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    My goodness that looks so amazingly good….and so simple & easy. Great cooking is about being simple if you ask me:)

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    • CouponClippingCook — July 12th, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

      Hi Bibi, I couldn’t agree with you more! Thank you for stopping by!

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    Sarah — July 13, 2012 at 4:06 am

    That. Looks. AMAZING! I LIVE for delicious potatoes and this looks soooo good! I am going to try this ASAP!

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    • CouponClippingCook — July 13th, 2012 @ 8:17 am

      Hi Sarah, so glad you like it. Have a nice weekend!

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    Amy — February 12, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Love this recipe! I made it a couple of months back and the hubby and I both loved it. I’m making it again tonight and really look forward to it. It’s the perfect simple but homey and comforting dinner.

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    • Nancy — February 12th, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

      Hi Amy, I’m so glad you and your husband liked it. It sure is a simple but homey and comforting dinner. Something about the potato and meat together. Thank you for letting me know and have a nice rest of the week.

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    Cheryl — November 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    This will be my “go to” hamburger gravy from now on. So easy and delicious. I usually serve it over mashed potatoes, but the baked potato with the salty skin was wonderful. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    • Nancy — November 18th, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

      Hi Cheryl, I’m so glad you liked this! Thank you for letting me know and have a great rest of the week!

      Reply

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