Sunday, August 30, 2009


Hamburger buddy (recipe in the comments)
Sliced tomatoes

Hot tea
Chocolate chip cookies
We made this last summer fairly soon after we moved to Buffalo, which is odd because it's not a very summery meal. I think we were seeking comfort food in our new digs! Today is simply not a very summery day - high of 60 here! - so we're thinking comfort food again. This is supposed to be a substitute for Hamburger Helper, but I think anyone who was expecting Hamburger Helper would be really disappointed here. This is full of vegetables and has LOTS of thyme and other seasonings AND is not the fastest to prepare. We love it though and it makes a great Sunday dinner when the weather is just a little chilly and classes begin the next day. It's almost like a culinary way to say, "Welcome Fall!"

Prep Notes
Difficulty: Moderate
Chopping: Garlic, carrots, onion, parsley
Time: 40 minutes
Make ahead: This is great the next day and would probably even freeze pretty well.

J: "This couldn't have come out of a box."
M: "Truly excellent!"

1 comment:

J said...

Hamburger Buddy – Eating Well
Serves 3-4

Note: We add some cayenne to the mixture before serving.

3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 2” lengths
1 large onion, cut into eighths
8 oz sliced white mushrooms
1 lb lean ground beef
2 t dried thyme (scant)
¾ t salt
¼ t pepper
1 ¾ cup beef broth, divided
2 cups elbow noodles
2 T Worcestershire sauce
2 T flour
½ cup light sour cream
1 T parsley or chives, chopped
Parmesan, grated and/or white wine vinegar

Mince garlic in a food processor. Add carrots and mince finely. Add onion and mince. Add mushrooms and mince.

Cook beef in a large skillet with high sides over medium-high heat until browned. Stir in vegetable mixture, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook for five minutes.

Stir in 1 ½ cups broth, noodles and Worcestershire, raise heat to high to bring to a boil. Cover reduce heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Whisk flour with remaining ¼ cup broth in a small bowl. Stir into hamburger mixture. Add sour cream and stir until thoroughly mixed. Simmer for 2 minutes. Stir in parsley. Serve with Parmesan, vinegar, and cayenne (J likes vinegar, M like vinegar and cheese).