Friday, September 19, 2014

Hamburger & Potato Puffs

An oldie, but a goody!

I thought I had lost this recipe, and that would have been so sad!   Then, the other day, I was going through my old recipe box (yes, I still have one) and there it was!  Happy me!  This one is going way back to when I was first collecting recipes.  It's so simple to throw together and my family has always loved it.  

Ground beef recipes are easy to prepare, economical and especially nice in a casserole!   You'll enjoy stretching your dollar in this deliciously handy way.

The original recipe didn't have parmesan in the potatoes, but I added it one time, and have made it like this ever since.  It just enhances the flavor of the whole casserole.  But, if you want to leave it out, that's fine too.  Always make food with the flavors you and your family enjoy.  "Cooking" recipes can be changed to your liking, but it's a little harder with baking, that's more about exact measurements & flavors.

If you have a pan with an oven-proof handle, this can all be done in that, and just put the whole thing into the oven.   About 10 minutes later, you have a beautiful casserole to serve to a very happy family! 


Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 c. minced onion
1/2 c. green pepper, minced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (3oz.) can sliced mushrooms
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp. minced parsley
1/2 c. grated parmesan
6 servings instant mashed potatoes, prepared according to pkg. directions

Preheat oven to 400'F.  Prepare 2-qt. casserole dish or 9" pie plate.  (If you use a pie plate, put it on a sheet pan to bake.  It has a tendency to bubble over.)

Brown beef, onion, green pepper and garlic in skillet.  Pour off excess fat. 

Add in basil, salt and tomato sauce.   Simmer 5 min.

Pour into prepared baking dish

Prepare potatoes according to package; add in parsley and grated cheese.  Mix until blended.

Place spoonfuls over beef mixture.  Sprinkle a little more parmesan over potatoes. 

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 min or until puffs are lightly browned.





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