This is an inexpensive and easy to make casserole perfect for weeknights. I called it Bam’s Tuesday Casserole because that’s the night of the week, when the kids were still at home, I always seemed to have the least time for cooking. I usually serve it over soft biscuits or dinner rolls with a salad but while my husband is recovering from cancer I make mashed potato bowls. They’re easier for him to swallow.
I did not include pictures of some of the steps as this is a really easy dish to create.
Bam’s Tuesday Casserole
- 2 lbs. hamburger
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 1/2 cup carrots, diced
- 1/2 cup celery
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups peas (fresh or frozen)
- 2 cups tomato juice
- Mashed potato bowls (optional)
- About 3 cups mashed potatoes
- Preheat oven to 350°F (If making mashed potato bowls)
- Brown hamburger in a large pan.
- Drain hamburger and set aside.
- Add onions, carrots, and celery, and cook until onions are translucent.
- Add garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes being careful not to burn garlic.
- Return hamburger to pan and add tomato juice.
- Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Add peas, stirring in gently, and simmer for another 5 minutes
Mashed Potato Bowls:
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Lightly grease a muffin tin or spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
- Spoon mashed potatoes to fill muffin cups nearly full.
- Make a well in the center of each mound of mashed potatoes, being careful not to have potatoes overflow cups and that there is a layer of potato on the bottom of the cup.
- Bake for about 20 minutes if starting with cold mashed potatoes until potatoes heat through. If using hot mashed potatoes to make the cups go to step 6.
- Finish potato bowls under broiler to get a golden brown crust around the edges