A friend shared this recipe with me, calling it a casserole. Knowing that a casserole would not be eaten in our home (which is really too bad, because I love a good casserole!), I quickly renamed it “Djanedi’s Texas Bake”, and put it on the menu. I was hesitant to tell “what’s for dinner”, because I was afraid it would be recognized as a casserole, and then it would have no hope. So I mumbled, and Sean thought we were having something called Judy’s Bacon. Clearly, with no bacon in sight or smell, Sean was disappointed, but he ate it, anyway.
This is similar to a goulash without peppers; a good comfort food. Mark was reminded of his childhood favorite, “Noodle Kugel”. [Note to self: put Noodle Kugel on the menu.] Sean did notice that there was “stuff” in the noodle layer, so I think he suspected it was a casserole, but he ate it, anyway.
Here’s the recipe:
“ms. tex casserole” – a favorite for our family reunions: two pounds of ground beef, cooked…add a can (or two) of rotel or diced tomatoes (if you want it bland). You can also add mushrooms if you want. Boil a bag of egg noodles, after you drain mix 8oz of sour cream and and a block of fat free cream cheese into the noodles. once mixed, spread in 9×13 pan, put meat mixture on top, then sprinkle shredded cheese, put in oven til cheese melts. Not a dish for the lactose intolerant, but it feeds a group well. =)
For just the 3 of us, I made a 1/2 recipe.
We don’t have rotel, but we do have lots of diced tomatoes canned from last year’s garden. So, while browning one pound of hamburger, I added a chopped onion and 3 chopped jalapenos (from the freezer). I added salt, garlic powder, and a pinch of cumin to one pint of tomatoes (which I drained a bit).
This smelled great!
We had pepper jack cheese to top the casserole before baking.
We’ll definitely make this again, but I will add more seasonings.
Thanks, Djanedi 🙂