100-Year-Old Hamburger Casserole Dish Recipe

So many people love cooking casseroles, it's surprising a recipe so simple, basic, and hearty as this one is not famous. Featured on "Hillbilly Kitchen", this is a recipe that not only is it nearly impossible to get wrong, but also will be loved by almost everyone (except maybe the vegetarians amongst us

When cooking this casserole, keep in mind that you don't need anything fancy. Since it's been around for over 100 years in kitchens across America, you'll only need a few kitchen utensils and a good cast iron skillet. So, let's get started! First, you'll need to preheat your oven to 375 degrees and pre-cook the hamburger meat in the aforementioned skillet. This should be done with minced garlic, diced onion, and half a cup of beef stock. Take all of that and set it aside for now. 

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Ingredients in the video call for:

  • 1 lb. of lean ground beef (but whatever meat you like can be substituted)
  • 1 cup of chopped onions
  • 4 cups of diced potatoes
  • 1 cup of milk (or water, if that's not to your taste)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 ounces of Provolone cheese (or any cheese that you like)
  • 1 teaspoon of corn starch for thickening
  • Optional – 1 cup of chopped green bell peppers

But if you think there's something extra you might add, don't be afraid to experiment. It's truly hard to mess it up!

The directions, such as they are, couldn't be simpler!

Add the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper, but hold the potatoes, cheese, and milk aside to the skillet and cook on medium heat until they reach a light brown. After that, you'll want to add the potatoes and cook at a low to medium heat for fifteen more minutes with a lid on, giving it the occasional stir. 

Now's when the magic happens. Add the milk or water right into the skillet and stir in an even fashion. Pattern the cheese across the top and cook in the 375-degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. You'll know it's ready because the cheese will get bubbly and form a fine crust on the top of the casserole.

And there you have it! Simple, delicious, and easily made. There's absolutely no wonder why this has been a popular, hearty recipe that Americans have enjoyed for generations.

Will you try this recipe? There's probably even a vegetarian version if you give a quick search on the net! Watch the video for fine instructions and try this recipe for yourself, and tell us all about how you loved it in the comments below. And don't hesitate to spread this far and wide. Your friends are sure to love it if they don't already know it!