Crazy for Casseroles

28 Jul

Casseroles can be a mainstay of family dinners, and they don’t have to be the high sodium “open a can of soup” type.  The library has lots of cookbooks for one dish meals that use fresh ingredients and more modern convenience foods. Casseroles are easy to shop for and simple to prepare, not to mention satisfying to eat.  Try the following from Crazy for Casseroles by James Villas (641.821 V726c).

Texas Hash Casserole

1 pound ground beef chuck

2 large onions, sliced

2 medium-size green bell peppers, seeded and chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

2 large ripe tomatoes, chopped (juices included)

1 cup raw long-grain rice

2 teaspoons chili powder

Salt and black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 1 ½ to 2 quart casserole and set aside.  In a large heavy skillet over moderate heat, break up the ground beef and cook, stirring, till the meat falls apart and loses most of its red color, about 8 minutes.  Add the onions, bell peppers, and garlic and stir till the vegetables soften, about 8 minutes.  Add the tomatoes plus their juices, the rice, and chili powder, season with salt and pepper, stir well, and cook about 5 minutes longer, stirring.

Scrape the mixture into the prepared casserole and bake till crusted on top, about 45 minutes.

More titles to try:

Bake until bubbly (641.821 W948b)

The best skillet recipes (641.77 R561c)

Dinners in a dish or a dash (641.555 A547d)

Perfect one-dish dinners (641.82 A548p)

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