March 13, 2007

Casserole Night

What to do with hamburger meat? Endless possibilities….you could make some burgers, spaghetti and meatballs, patty melt sandwiches, lasagna, lot lots of pasta dishes….

Last night I had to come up with a dinner and just didn’t feel like standing in the kitchen all night. I was tired and wanted a quick meal. So, I went through my refrigerator and cupboard and started pulling out ingredients to make a beef casserole. As I’ve said before I’m not a huge casserole fan, but every once in awhile I enjoy making easy casserole dinners. They are easy, quick and can feed a lot of people, or just my husband and me for a couple nights.

So, here is what I came up with last night for my quick beef casserole. I will say, it turned out pretty darn good. I included a lot of garlic (garlic powder, plus fresh garlic), but I love garlic and it’s healthy.

But, don’t be afraid to add your own touches to this meal. You can add whatever seasonings you wish and maybe even more chopped veggies. There are endless possibilities!

Beef-licous Casserole
by Lane

1 cup sour cream
12 ounce bag egg noodles
1 medium white onion, chopped
½ tsp basil
1 bell pepper, chopped fine
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 T. butter
Olive oil
1 1/2 pounds ground round beef
Salt and pepper
1 T. Garlic powder
½ tsp. Ground Sage
1 T. Parsley Flakes
1 28-ounce can tomatoes
1 1/2 cups frozen corn
1 15-ounce can of black olives, chopped
1 pound cheddar cheese, grated

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large, heavy bottomed pot heat some olive oil and 3 T. of butter. Add the onions, pepper and garlic and sauté until soft. Add the tomatoes, and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Season the mixture with seasonings. Meanwhile, heat a large pot of water for your noodles.

In another skillet heat a little bit of oil. Add your meat. Be sure and do not stir the meat around, let it get nice and browned before stirring. I like to add more garlic powder and salt to the beef, while it is cooing. After meat is completely browned strain and then add to tomato mixture.
Add the egg noodle pasta to the boiling water and be sure to salt your water to flavor the noodles. Only cook noodles for about 5 minutes and strain.

In a large bowl add egg noodles, corn, chopped olives, tomato mixture, sour cream and about 1 cup of cheese. Very lightly mix everything together.

Butter a very large casserole dish and pour mixture into it. Cook for about 35 minutes.


Cyndi said...

Mom used to make a hamburger dish we called "goulash." Doesn't every family have their own version? It was a popular Friday supper after school and before basketball games. My cheerleader sister and basketball playing boyfriend loved it. It was also a hearty dish after we had all been out working cattle or hogs. There are variations, depending upon what you have on hand, and I often improvise just as she did. My husband loves it and it makes great leftovers.

Boil water and get macaroni started.
Brown 1 pound of hamburger in a skillet.
Add chunks of Velveeta cheese and a can of cream of mushroom soup. Once the meat and cheese mixture is warmed through and the cheese melted, your macaroni should be ready to drain. Mix drained macaroni into the meat/cheese mix. Salt and pepper.
I usually add a drained small can of mushrooms.

Best served with a glass of milk that has been in the freezer for about 10 minutes. . .

Good Ole Cook said...

WOW! Thanks so much for sharing Cyndi.

I'll post your mom's recipe tomorrow.