I have a number of skillets in my kitchen. I find that most of the time, though, I am pulling out my largest over and over. Maybe it is cooking for a family and I need the space, or maybe just habit. How about you? Here’s Maggie with a skillet of her own….
This recipe came through recently on the Food Network Magazine Recipe of the Day. For some reason, I am attracted to the word “skillet”. When a recipe includes the word “skillet”, I automatically assume the dish will be simple, rustic, and easy.
This one hit rustic, for sure. While some of the prep was not simple, I didn’t have too much trouble taking a few shortcuts to simplify enough to suit me. On any given weekend I can be cooking for 5-10 people, depending upon how many boy and girlfriends are visiting. Simple is crucial in my…
These days it is nearly impossible to come up with a new and fresh dinner idea every….single….night. Believe me I have tried…over and over. So for me, it is imperative that I have a few stand-by’s to cook, in a flash when the time has slipped away and I am in a pinch.
One easy meal is Hamburg Casserole. I call it this because a friend of mine years ago who was from Michigan called hamburger…hamburg and it has stuck ever since. Silly how little things like that stick in your head and vocabulary!
This dish is Oh so easy and to reference the title….OUICK! It is as follows:
1 can of cream of mushroom soup (less fat kind too is okay) Also–add some starch water from the noodles to keep moist, you can add water but why?
1 box of Twirlie Noodles (yes they have a name, Rotini, but thats no fun!)
1 hunk of Velveeta Brand cheese (okay, I have begun to lessen how much I use because quite frankly it is starting
to gag me, that stuff! So just enough to make it creamy, about an inch to one and a half inch chunk)
Cheddar/mozzarella/ etc to offset the lack of Velveeta
1. Put on a pot of water, bring to a boil–then add twirlie noodles
2. Brown Hamburg in a larger size skillet, breaking up in little crumbles
3. Pour off any grease (sometimes I even rinse it a bit)
4. Put back in pan and add soup and cheese
5. Allow to simmer sloooowwlly! (do not let burn!)
6. Drain Noodles (pleeease cook al dente’—mushy noodles are just gross!)
7. Add Noodles to Hamburg mixture and blend
8. Add in a bit more cheese on top as well as S&P to taste
9. Cover and turn off–allow to melt cheese
This is a good one dish meal or steam up some broccoli, cauliflower, carrots or any other veggie. Green beans are a favorite of ours.
Speaking of that, you can make canned green beans great by cooking them kind of fast and add a splash of olive oil and pat of butter, S&P and a bullion cube. Be sure to watch to not boil dry, and they are great!
Okay that is the easiest dinner you can make! This came from not liking those box meals with all the” helpers” added in. That stuff is just gross and has a really funky taste. Obviously one could change around the ingredients…better cheeses etc. One thing I caution…when using Hamburger, always use Mushroom Soup! Do not use cream of celery or chicken. DOES NOT WORK! You would be sorry!
Quick and easy for sure and I am sure those that can make it more healthy will! Feel free! I have changed a little bit from the originator of this recipe….for which my sister created, years ago!