Thursday, December 17, 2009

Comfort Food - Not Your Ordinary Green Bean Casserole

Every year around this time I look out my window on a regular, unassuming day, to find this:

It acts innocent enough, in the beginning. As if we're all naive of its terrors. It pretends that it's nothing more than an eye-candy dusting of confectioner's sugar. Aw, it's so pretty! That's what it hopes we will say. And we do. At first.

Then, we realize that it shnookered us. It buttered us right up with it's baby powder fluff. Truth be told, it's moving in and it fully intends to wear out its welcome. Before we know it, we'll be up to our eyeballs in it and the precise shade of green that was once our grass will be but a distant memory.

Cory never mentioned this dastardly condition when he moved me here from sunny Southern Ohio. He mentioned Amish buggies and quaint bulk food stores and people who seeded their pastures with Black Eyed Susans, but he forgot this little detail. I had no idea I was signing up for this. Nevermind the fact that I met him at college a mere 20 miles from here. Nevermind that.

I'm not sure what it is about this season, but I think we can all agree: when the temperature drops, it's time to wheel out the casseroles. It's a known fact that the outdoor temperature is inversely proportional to the required mass of one's dinnertime meal. One goes down, the other goes up. This here is no time for salads. This kind of weather calls for rib stickin' meals. And do I ever have one for you.

But I'll warn you now, she's none too pretty.

And I'll warn you again: Everything is better with homemade mashed potatoes. So go ahead, boil up a mess of Yukon golds (5 or so) and toss 'em in your Kitchenaid mixer, along with some butter, sour cream, salt and pepper.

Or, just do them however you normally do them.

Or, mix milk into potato flakes. But I don't wanna hear about it.

I'm just going to come right out and say it - I am a mashed potato snob, with a capital S. I'll save the rest of my snobbery list for another day. This much I can say - the list is short, but it's iron-clad.

While your potatoes are doing their thing, brown a pound of hamburger with a chopped onion. Drain it. Mix it with a couple cans of tomato soup and a few cans of green beans.

Layer the mashed potatoes over the meat and beans. Cover with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 until it's hot and bubbly.

She's got a face for radio, but she's darn good.

31 comments:

  1. Yummmm....pure comfort food at it's best.I love potatoes...I really could eat them all day everyday. Thanks for visiting me the other day your comment is so sweet.

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  2. Now that looks like the kind of stuff we have at my house. Comfort food! That's all I know how to make:) YUMMY!

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  3. There are few that make make me laugh when it comes to a casserole. I should have know you would be one with a rare talent such as this! I'll try it this weekend and give you a full report on Monday morning. ;o) ~mary~

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  4. You're so funny..."a face for radio" - I was laughing so hard. But it does look good. I'll have to try it with my Costco mashed potatoes of course.

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  5. I've never heard of such a recipe...but my, it looks YUMMY! Totally trying this!

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  6. I don't know much about cooking, but I do know that everything tastes better with cheese.

    Thanks for the recipe!!

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  7. OOOOhhh....stick a fork in it....! It's done!!! Looks so GOOD! I'll have to try this sometime, and I must say your barn is AWESOME!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  8. What a lovely blog!
    Greetings from Italy!
    Federica
    http://sweet-as-a-candy.blogspot.com/

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  9. this is shepherd's pie friend.

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  10. my mother-in-law gave me that recipe when i married her son (b/c she knew he could not cook to save his life and wanted to arm me...ha). she titled it shepherd's pie. we also use cream of mushroom in place of tomato soup for a creamy base. it is definitely a good meal for a cold day....but now that i'm in southern IN, maybe it won't be so bad. oh, well, it's been balmy 30 something days here. maybe two degrees warmer than up north.

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  11. Oh my hell! I don't even know what to say. That was not a dish I'd expect from you. I think I might try it anyway. But I might use corn. And never, ever instant potatoes. And I had mash my taters. Cuz that's how I roll.

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  12. Hey there, Shannon. Were your ears burning this weekend? (Why does that always sound like a threat? 'Cause it's supposed to be a good thing.) I was talking with a friend in Chicago who loves your blog and thinks you DO need to write a book. You are an amazing writer. Love your tree, BTW (:! Anyway, thanks for the comment on our blog -- both those stores are in Plymouth. The book store is downtown and the record store is out on the highway, by K-Mart. Come see me after the first of the year and we'll go to both. And to lunch at Opie's. What's the travel news? xo

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  13. That's my kind of cookin' and eatin'. I'm adding it to my menu for after the holidays. Cause you know...that's when the diet starts right?

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  14. I love casseroles. And I love your powdered sugar covered barn. And the cool metal thingy on top. This dish looks perfect for a snowy, cozy day.

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  15. If that barn is the view out your window every day, I want to come pay you a visit! Now, I have to tell you that I have a very strong love for barns, and that one is just gorgeous!!!

    Hubby and I visited Ohio a few years ago for our first time, but hopefully it won't be our last! There are barns, barns and more barns, and hubby got right tired of having to pull off the side of the road every few minutes so I could take pictures.

    Yep, I love your part of the world, but wouldn't leave my beautiful, almost snowless, Georgia for anything!

    Great post, Becky

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  16. Talk about comfort food! That looks soooo yummy! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

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  17. uummmmm....hamburger pie - yummy!

    i once thought that everyone knew about this & how to make it, but i have seen some people botch it badly. not quite sure how that happens....

    used to make this a lot "pre" kids, but my boys aren't fond of it. yours looks mighty good running over the edge there!

    ever try frosted meatloaf? that's another good one for this time of year.

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  18. oh yumm.
    is that your barn? I am crazy for barns- wnat one so bad!
    love your blog!!
    Karen

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  19. Hmmm, I don't know about this, I'm not much of a casserole girl HOWEVER since you make such yummy yummy meals, I trust you! :) And well, anything with melted cheese makes me want to eat it.

    P.S. Is it really not as cold and snowy where you grew up? Ashland was just the same as Indiana when we lived there. I think I'd be talkin to Cory about moving back ;) j/k

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  20. "shes got a face for radio" Caused me t0 spit hot coffee everywhere. Your BLOG needs a disclaimer. In all seriousness, your blog is awesome :) ( NO pressure ! )

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  21. I think I laugh out loud every time I read your blog...face for radio...so funny. I love your barn...LOVE!!!

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  22. Ha!! You're quite the foodie these days! BTW, I made your lasagna roll ups last week and they were awesome...I would've left you a comment when I came by to copy the recipe down, but I had already been by here a number of times that week and I was feeling a little like a stalker...didn't want you thinking I was the weirdo stalker type :)

    :) T

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  23. Oh my gosh! It must be an Ohio thing...this was my favorite casserole when I was a kid. I grew up in your favorite little antique town of Tipp City and now I live in Indiana too.

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  24. I believe I've yet to leave your blog without laughing or smiling! You really have a great sense of humor and a talent at turning the word!

    The casserole sounds yummy!

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  25. Tis the season for comfort food like this.

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  26. Oh my! I'm a salmon snob myself. Years of life in Alaska... what can I say?

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  27. "Sunny Southern Ohio" ?!?!?!?!? It's always gray and blah... Jan-mid March? Blech. But it's home!
    Will definitely try your casserole!!!

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  28. Sounds yummy. I'm gonna have to try that one!
    Jill

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  29. Oh YUM... this looks so good! And easy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

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  30. That is EXACTLY the kind of soul warming stuff we need right here in Poland! Love your recipe, love your blog and your sense of humor! Thanks for brightening my day. Come see me at City Hen! ;)

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  31. I don't know if I have ever met a casserole that I did not like...and that Ball canning jar with the green beans reminds me of growing up. Glo was a mad canner.

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