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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ground Beef Grand Style

Back when our grandmothers and great-grandmothers were young wives and mothers, they cooked for their families every day, restaurants were a rarely-indulged-in luxury, and cooks didn't have to specify that they made something "from scratch," because how else would you make it anyway? Back in those days, women helped their own hamburger; they didn't go to the store to buy something in a box to do it for them. I'm not knocking Hamburger Helper--after all, don't we all rely on shortcuts from time to time? But the next time you think about reaching for that box, instead try this recipe my grandmother passed down to my mother who then passed it down to me.

What You Need
1 can refrigerator biscuits (or make your own; but at this stage of my life, refrigerator biscuits is one of those shortcuts I'm glad to take!)
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese
1 can (10 and 1/2 oz.) cream of mushroom soup
1/4 c. milk
1/4 c. ketchup (I use a little more)
1/3 c. sliced green olives (I love olives, so I usually use more than this)
1 tsp. salt (I usually omit this because the olives add enough salt)

What You Do
Brown ground beef; drain, if necessary. Add onions, and cook a few minutes. Add all other ingredients (except biscuits), and continue cooking until heated through and mixed well. Meanwhile, bake biscuits; and when done, place them on top of casserole. Makes 5-6 servings.

A nice accompaniment to this dish is Ceci's Cucumber and Tomato Salad; that, along with some fresh cantaloupe, is what I served with this casserole tonight for our supper.

Happy helping! (Your hamburger, that is...)

The best way to serve meals is with a smile.
~ from Country Home Cooking
by Marjorie Rohrer

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Exercise Programs August 04, 2010 7:59 AM  

This is exactly what my grandma used to make, almost positive. Can't wait to try and see, haven't had hamburger this way in forever.

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