Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Four Can (or is it five?) Hotdish

Growing up in Minnesota we ate 'hotdish' often. When there were church functions, everyone brought a hotdish. The wonderful and quite odd thing about 'hotdish' is that it could really be anything. Myself, I try to differentiate between hotdish and casseroles by how they are cooked. Hotdishes are made on the stove top, casseroles are baked in the oven.
Now, this might not always hold true but a hotdish consists of some form of pasta with ground beef. From that point on everything changes. This recipe is one that my mom makes and was sweet enough to send along some pictures and the recipe. Mikey is not a fan of 'hotdish' so I don't make it here even though I really really want to.
1 pound ground beef
1 1/2 pound Macaroni uncooked
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of celery soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup (This is the fifth can and can be omitted if you're like me and don't like mushrooms.)
1 can vegetable beef with beef stock soup
1 can chicken gumbo soup
1 can milk

Brown ground beef.

Add soups and milk, mix well.

Simmer while cooking macaroni.

Mix both together. Enjoy. Homemade bread or fried bread goes fantastic with this!

NOTE from Mom* I don't add salt as it seems to have enough from the soups, but I do add pepper. Also this make a lot. It is a great dish to make for potlucks, church functions. It is one of my family's favorite  meals.  It's great left over .

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