Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Welfare Casserole

This is embarrassing but I will share it anyway. I grew up very poor. One night, when ready to make dinner for my brothers and sisters, I had only a few items to cook, none of which seemed to make a meal. I had to improvise. I had the following ingredients:

1/2 lb hamburger
1/2 chopped onion
2 cups instant rice
1 bag frozen vegetables medley (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, corn)
1 can cream of chicken soup
Seasoning to taste

Brown the hamburger and onion. Drain and add rice (uncooked), vegetables and soup. Bring to a boil, cook for 30 minutes (or until rice is done).

Believe it or not, it tasted really good. I've improvised and substituted over the years. I like it with cream of celery soup and cream of mushroom; I've tried the various mixed vegis and it is good with a medley or a one particular vegetable. I've also added cans of mushrooms and water chestnuts. Additionally, I have substituted chicken and turkey for the hamburger. Finally, it is really good with parmesean or cheddar cheese. Of course, what isn't good with cheese? Right?

Take this recipe and make it your own. If you like it, let me know.
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