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Meat and potatoes, the perfect match

Meat and potatoes are always a hit, especially in a recipe like "The World's Easiest Beef Stew"
Meat and potatoes are always a hit, especially in a recipe like "The World's Easiest Beef Stew"
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With the billions of recipes that are out there for main dishes, you really can't go wrong with the classic American stand-by: meat and potatoes! This has been a long-standing favorite combination of many that never fails to satisfy. In this time of being budget-minded, potatoes are an inexpensive, yet popular and tasty way to stretch meat.

I'm passing along two main dishes that utilize this popular combination. The first is for a beef stew that is incredibly easy and good. In most beef stew recipes, the meat is browned first and the other ingredients added. This one requires the cook to place all ingredients in the pot, cover it, and let bake for four hours. What could be easier than that? It's easy enough that even a new cook can make it. The next recipe is for a casserole that uses ground beef, along with layers of onions, cheese, and potatoes. It's also easy to make and is good-tasting, too.

All that's needed for either of these dishes is a salad, a hot bread, your beverage and that dinner is squared away! For a dessert, I would suggest something light. A good while back, I shared a recipe for a "Jello Pie", which is easy to make and is very inexpensive, too. Here's the link to get the recipe:

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1RGEBF/www.examiner.com/article/going-thro...

When a meat and potato dish is on the menu, let one of these be the ones to try. They're easy, satisfying, and welcoming at dinnertime, in addition to being easy on the budget!

THE WORLD'S EASIEST BEEF STEW

  • 1-1/2 to 3 lbs. Stewing Beef (according to amount of meat desired)
  • 6 Carrots, sliced
  • 3 Stalks Celery, diced
  • 1 Large Onion, sliced
  • 3 Large Potatoes, quartered
  • 2 Tsp. Sugar
  • 2 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbls. Tapioca
  • 1-1/2 C. Tomato Juice

Layer all ingredients in a Dutch Oven or large casserole with a lid in the order listed; bake at 250 degrees for four hours. Serves 4-6.

HAMBURGER CASSEROLE

  • 2 Lbs. Ground Beef
  • 1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 Large Potatoes, thinly sliced
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. Sharp Cheese, grated
  • 1 Egg
  • 3/4 C. Milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown beef and drain off fat; in a shallow 2-1/2 to 3 qt. casserole, layer the beef, onions, potatoes, salt and pepper, and cheese, using half of ingredients; repeat with the remaining ingredients; beat the egg with the milk and pour over the entire casserole; cover and bake for one hour. Serves 6. (HINT: to reduce cooking time, boil the potatoes for 15 minutes before slicing and layering in the casserole; bake the casserole for only 35 minutes.)