Because It Sure Isn’t Mutton
Having one of those “I have to fix dinner, but all I have is ground beef and not much else and I don’t have time to go to the grocery store because everybody is famished and if I went, I would probably go in the coolers behind the dairy case and take a nap” evenings?
Me, too, and I don’t even do the cooking. But hubby is at church working at a WOW Women Of Worship day, and I know he won’t have time to go to the store. (I can’t drive for medical reasons.)
I pushed my wheelbarrow-walker in front of the pantry and fridge and came out with a few things and an idea. We had the ground beef, of course, but we just had hamburgers, hubby had meat loaf for lunc yesterday, and I eat too much when we have spaghetti.
A few weeks ago I fixed a ground beef shepherds pie that hubby raved over–a rare occurrence. I got milk, hamburger meat, grated cheddar cheese, margarine, some leftover vegetable-beef soup, and a thawed out pie shell from the fridge. In the pantry, I found a can of Campbell’s Chunky Beef Tips and Vegetables Soup and a package of Clover Valley Four Cheese Instant Potatoes. Then I got to work.
I spread the pie shell over the bottom and up as far as I could in a square casserole dish. I baked the shell ten minutes to give it some extra stability under the other ingredients. I browned the ground beef in a large skillet and added in both soups. That’s when I remembered to take pictures. Then I poured the meat and vegetables over the pie crust. And that’s when I realized I had forgotten to drain the ground beef. I put some hot dog and hamburger buns which were headed for the bread crumb bag, on top of the meat mixture to absorb some of the extra grease. Sure wish I had a big dog to give those meaty buns to.
I used the same frying pan, poured in two and 1/2 cups of milk and four tablespoons of margarine, and brought it almost to a boil. I poured in the instant potatoes, turned off the stove, and stirred just a little. As the potatoes thickened, I stirred more and added pepper. Then I poured the potatoes on top of the meat and vegetables and spread that. I sprinkled on about half a cup of shredded mild cheddar, put the casserole in the oven at 350* for ten minutes, and took out a delicious meal.
To be careful with your money, I certainly recommend a meal or two for which you buy nothing else, other than what’s in the house already. Since this is the last day of the month and I have not bought “big groceries” in a month, this is a big affirmation that there is almost always something to fix.