Sunday, May 10, 2009


Hamburger casserole (recipe in the comments)

Hot tea
This is another one of M's Grammie's recipe (see Grammie's sauce), often referred to as American Chop Souy. It's a very basic, comforting casserole, and, as such, doesn't fit into our typical menu. That said, both of us are suckers for comfort and tradition. We had planned this to be a meal this week before today, but it seems especially fitting tonight as we had a somewhat rough Mother's Day. T was *not* in the spirit of the day - or really of anything. So, a lot of today was a trial and comfort seems paramount. Regardless of the troubles today, I'm grateful to be a mom and even more grateful for the preponderance of good days we have with T. Most people are shocked that he's a "terrible two" :)

Prep Notes
Difficulty: Easy
Chopping: Onion
Time: 15 minutes tp prep, 30 minutes to bake
Make ahead: You can even freeze this and reheat.

J: "Thanks Grammie! Happy Mother's Day!"
M: "Childhood memories..."

1 comment:

J said...

Hamburger Casserole – Grammie
Serves 4

2 T olive oil or butter
1 lb hamburger (we usually use bison)
1 medium onion, chopped
28 oz diced tomatoes, DRAINED
2 cups elbow macaroni
Salt and pepper to taste (we use lots of pepper)
Cheddar shreds

Preheat the oven to 375.

Heat oil or butter in a large skillet. Add hamburger and onion and sauté until no longer pink. Add tomatoes and simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste.

While meat and onions simmer in tomatoes, cook macaroni in boiling water. Drain.

Put macaroni in a square baking dish. Cover with tomato/meat mixture. Cover lightly with cheddar.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. (Note: You can cook in a 9x13” pan for 20-25 minutes at 375)