Sunday, April 14, 2013

Greco Casserole-- Great for Potlucks!

Catagory: Main Dishes
Difficulty: Easy-Medium (chopping and boiling involved)
Almost But Not Super Healthy


The mainstay of most working mom's freezers is the all-mighty casserole. OK pizza is a mainstay too. But casseroles freeze well and taste great when re-heated. It's also easy and inexpensive to serve at Potlucks. I am a Christian, yup, an unapologetic Jesus Freak. Christians go to a lot of Potlucks. There is no meeting without eating! In fact studies have shown that the average newly-wed couple gains 12 lbs in their first year of wedded bliss because of Potluck parties. This very traditional potluck casserole has been popular since the 1960's. My mom used to make it and us kidlets loved it! It's also called "More" casserole in some cookbooks due to the fact that everyone who tastes it always want more! 2014 Update: Make it with non-GMO organic corn--OK?

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground beef ( you can try ground turkey but it won't taste as good)
1/3 C chopped onion
3/4 C chopped green pepper
2 6-oz. cans tomato paste
1 can corn
one small can stewed tomatoes (or peel 3 fresh and quarter them)
1 t sugar
2 t salt
2 t chili powder
1/2 t garlic salt
pepper to taste
8 oz. egg noodles or shell pasta
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese (medium sharp)

Directions:

Cook beef and green pepper in skillet until beef is brown and crumbly. Drain off oil. Mix rest of ingredients in a bowl and add them to skillet and simmer. Bring all to a boil and add noodles. Cook with top off until noodles are done. Put in a greased cassserole. Cover with shredded cheddar and keep oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve hot and cheesy!









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