Wednesday, July 23, 2014

365 Easy One-Dish Recipes: Weird Beef Stuff (aka Easy Meat 'n Potatoes)

I don't usually ask for Dennis' opinion on dinner.  It's not that he doesn't have a say -- I just tend to be the one who plans the menu in 2-week chunks.  I know what he likes to eat and doesn't like to eat, and I take that and just sort of come up with stuff.  It's generally successful.  Generally.

For this recipe, though, I had to have a consult first.

"Does this sound too weird?" I asked Dennis.  I read him the ingredients.  He thought about it.

"No, it sounds really good, actually."

" sounds weird."

"I think it sounds OK."

So I put it on the list.  And I made it.  And it's weirdly good.  It's a little addictive, as we ate the better part of 3/4 of the pan.  (Kelly had a serving, but basically just picked the cheese out of it, and that was it.)

This sounds weird.  It is weird.  Try it anyway.

(I changed the name of it because I've never referred to it as anything except the Weird Beef Stuff.)

Weird Beef Stuff
Serves 6 (Or Dennis and Myself)
From "Easy Meat 'n Potatoes" - 365 Easy One-Dish Recipes for Everyday Family Meals


1 pound ground beef
1 10-oz. can Sloppy Joe sauce
1 can nacho cheese soup (if you like spicy, try Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup)
1 32-oz. package frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed on the counter
1 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar.)

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Brown the beef in a skillet over medium heat.  Drain.  Add sauce and soup to the beef and mix well.

Spray a 9x13" casserole dish with olive oil or cooking spray.  Add hash browns.  (It's going to look like it's not going to fit.  If you use a 9x13", I promise it will.)

Top hash browns with beef mixture and sprinkle with cheese.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove the foil.  

(Related:  What happened here?)

Bake for another 10 minutes.

So weird.  So good.

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