Originally Posted by Ghodur
Due to a pesky posting error I couldn't post this in the Casseroles discussion. My friend remembers part of a casserole recipe she used to make. She liked it because it was flavorful and easy. You put crumbled RAW hamburger in a 9x13 pan and top with cubed potatoes, onions and other stuff. It uses tomato JUICE not sauce or paste. You would stir it periodically. Anyone ever make something like this? If so, I need the recipe.
I'm assuming "hamburger" is ground beef?(Bear with me I'm a foreigner)
I'd sweat off the onions in a little oil, butter or whatever you prefer and then brown the meat in a skillet or sauté pan. You can do the rest of the cooking in the same skillet/sauté pan rather than the 9x13. I'd add some garlic, herbs (fresh or dried), salt and pepper, possibly a glug of Worcestershire sauce. I usually add a small amount of sugar to anything with tomato juice or passata or tinned toms - not enough to make the dish taste sweet but just enough to take the tartness off the tomatoes.
You could add the potatoes with grated carrots, sliced or chopped bell peppers, mushrooms, finely chopped celery, or anything you've got lurking in the 'fridge. Cook everything together until the meat is cooked and the veg tender.
Perhaps you could vary the flavour with chili seasoning or curry powder or a little wine or stock (cube, jelly pot or bottled stock if you don't have home made)
I'd serve it with rice or pasta or just as is with or without crusty bread as it has potatoes in it already.
Hope some of this helps.