Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My Mom's Hamburger Casserole

I had a tough time taking a picture of this dish. It isn't photogenic! Have you ever made one of those totally disgusting looking, but very tasty meals? Well this hamburger casserole would definitely fit into that category. It's also in the extremely easy and affordable category too. The entire casserole came in at about $3.73! Now that's cheap eating :) I grew up eating this meal. A lot of times my parents were low on money. My mother felt strongly about being a stay-at-home mom, so there were a lot of times my parents came up short. Mom remembers regularly only having about $20 a week to spend on groceries. My mom wasn't the type of cook to try new things, but I never remember feeling like we didn't have food or not eating what she had made. I was not as picky as my kids tend to be, but I knew if I didn't finish my supper I would be hungry because I didn't get a lot of snacks. This was one of my favorite things mom made. I also remember her no-bake cookies (I will have to get her recipe and make them to post) and my very favorite potato chip casserole. Don't let the looks of this dish turn you away. This really is a great recipe. Enjoy :)

MOM'S HAMBURGER CASSEROLE
1 pound lean ground beef
1 can tomato soup
1 sliced onion
4 peeled and sliced potatoes (about 1/4 inch thickness)
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Spray casserole dish and line the bottom with 1/2 of the potatoes. Salt and pepper potatoes well and then top with 1/2 of the hamburger, crumbled. Top hamburger with 1/2 of the onions and lightly salt and pepper again. Layer again with potatoes, hamburger and onion being sure to season with salt and pepper. Dump the can of soup in a bowl and mix with 1/4 can of water. Pour evenly over the top of casserole and cover. Bake for 1 - 1 1/2 hours, or until potatoes are tender. (It depends on the size casserole dish you use. Mine took about an hour for a good sized oval casserole dish, but it would take longer if your dish was smaller around and taller)

22 comments:

Kathy said...

Looks great! I can't wait to see your potato chip casserole!!! Yumm!

Delectable Dining said...

What great comfort food! I know exactly what you mean, too... I've got a couple of recipes ready to post that the pictures are making me nuts on! I think those are often the dishes that taste the best, too! Figures! :)

Donna-FFW said...

Heidi- This looks delicious. Perfect comfort food.. Love it!Potato chip casserole sounds awesome!Looking forward to it.

Flourchild said...

Great looking recipe. I like these fast but hearty meals!

justjoycee said...

Looks good to me. And your music just gives me a thrill!!!

the ungourmet said...

My mom used to make the cheater Hamburger Helper version of this. Your version looks so much better!!

Jenna said...

That's my kind of post!!! My favorite recipes are the ones that are truly "tried and true"! I'll have to try it...

Snow White said...

Looks yum to me! I know what you mean about some great meals not being pretty to photograph---my mom used to make this stroganoff dish thing that I have thought many times about putting on my blog because it's one of my family's most favorite things to eat, but it's so dad gummed ugly I figured everyone would think I was nuts!
Love,
Snow White

Jenn said...

Sweet!! An alternative version of the grilling kind. Definitely a keeper!

teresa said...

I think these kinds of recipes are the best! It looks delicious!

Anneliese said...

I had to smile at your "not photogenic" remark. I may borrow that sometime, because Iknow what you mean, trying to post recipes that look apetizing. Meat is hard, but I know your casserole tastes great. I have made a similar one fro many years and my son calls it the brown dish casserole because that's the color of the dish.

the ungourmet said...

I forgot to say that I love your dishes! My family had ones that looked just like this when a was a girl.

Coleen's Recipes said...

Any recipe that starts "My Mom's....." really catches my eye. I love old family recipes.

Tiffany said...

I have made so many meals that were not photogenic. It does seem like meals with ground beef often don't look good in a pic. I wish I was a better food photographer.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Looks delish my dear! I so have recipes like that ... LOL That taste so good and that is all that matters :).

I'm sure the family will like the Taco Ring my boys ate it all up no left overs for my lunch :)

Snow White said...

Thanks for the inspiration today! I rushed out to the store and spent the afternoon doing a blog on my "un-photogenic" recipe---I liked you directly....hope you don't mind:-)
Love,
Snow White

Lora said...

Ok, that plate takes me back. My grandma had those plates and I inherited them. I eat off them when I need comfort :0)

Selba said...

Yummy, this is a great hamburger casserole.

Kathy said...

I left an award for you on my blog! Have a great day!!!
Kathy <3

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Umm it still looks good. I love simple easy meals like this. + its a ground beef recipe, I always need those.

shweetpotato said...

omgosh how easy and filling, a comfort food for sure, Will give this one a try, I am going to hopefully try your taco joes today :D gotta get some buns :D Carm

Julia said...

i just stumbled upon your blog. very cool. my mom also used to make this for us. we called it shipwrecked casserole because that's what it looked like when you dished it up! very yummy