Apr 21, 2010

Kayotic Stove-Top Casserole

Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

This will probably get filed under seriously freaky recipes, but I imagine weird recipes are somewhat expected of me anyway! Man, I love having this outlet for my strange culinary train of thoughts. And getting away with it!

You know how I like to mix and match vegetables, right? How I love our infamous Dutch hodgepodges? And ground beef? The really down-to-earth type of food that you can feed nearly anyone and that somehow never bores. The most forgiving recipes are those made with the ingredients listed here. You just can’t go wrong. 


Out of sheer boredom, I combined one of my mix and match mashes with some sort of sloppy Joe-style beef sauce—it’s not nearly as weird as it sounds—and ended up with a dish that would best describe itself as ‘stove-top casserole’. 

Hard to explain what I mean, so why don’t I just show you… 

Ingredients: 

13 oz ground beef
2 pounds potatoes
1 pound green beans
3 medium carrots
1 large onion
2 oz bacon
1/2 bell pepper
3 tbsp ketchup
1 cup water
1/2 cup warm milk
1/3 beef bouillon cube
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp coarse mustard
worcestershiresauce
nutmeg or mace
dried parsley
pepper
salt 

Optional: vegetable bouillon cubes 

Directions: 

Peel, wash and dice the potatoes. Salt the water and cook them until completely tender.
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

These veggies create magic together. Peel and dice the carrots and trim both ends of the green beans. Break the larger beans in half. Put the green beans in a pan and top with the carrots.
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

Finely mince a large onion. Add half the onion to the vegetable mix and keep the other half aside, we’ll use it for the meat sauce. Salt the water or do as I do and drop 2 vegetable bouillon cubes in there.
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

Finely mince half a bell pepper. 
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

And give the bacon a chop. This is enough to add flavor to the dish but not nearly enough to clog your arteries.
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

The ground beef, this was roughly 13 oz (350gr) and that was plenty. Season it with salt and pepper to taste. 
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

I like to add a little flavor to my ground beef in the form of mace, 1 tbsp coarse mustard, a splash of worcestershiresauce and some Tabasco. Just use your favorite seasonings. Mix it all up.
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

Cook the bacon until it gets slightly brown, add the ground beef, bell peppers and onion. You can throw in some garlic if you like, I choose not to. Break up the meat.
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

As soon as the meat has browned, and the onions are translucent add the flour. Cook for a minute before adding the ketchup, water, 1/3 beef bouillon cube and parsley. This also works with sage, Italian herbs or even dried thyme. Whatever you have on hand will do. Simmer the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes.
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

Drain the potatoes and the vegetables. Give the potatoes a really light mash, add a little butter (mine was the liquid kind) and pour in the hot milk.
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

Add the vegetables to the potatoes and mash them in. Add more milk if it seems too dry. Taste to check the seasoning.
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce 

This is the kind of dinner you serve in a big bowl rather than a fancy plate, so just fill a bowl with the vegetable mash, top with a big spoonful of meat sauce, grab a spoon and dig in. Ultimate comfort food.
Veggie Mash with Meat Sauce

Kayotic Stove-Top Casserole
Ingredients
  • 13 oz ground beef
    2 pounds potatoes
    1 pound green beans
    3 medium carrots
    1 large onion
    2 oz bacon
    1/2 bell pepper
    3 tbsp ketchup
    1 cup water
    1/2 cup warm milk
    1/3 beef bouillon cube
    1 tbsp all-purpose flour
    1 tbsp coarse mustard
    worcestershiresauce
    nutmeg or mace
    dried parsley
    pepper
    salt

    Optional: vegetable bouillon cubes
Directions
  1. Peel, wash and dice the potatoes. Salt the water and cook them until completely tender. Peel and dice the carrots and trim both ends of the green beans. Break the larger beans in half. Put the green beans in a pan and top with the carrots. Peel and dice the carrots and trim both ends of the green beans. Break the larger beans in half. Put the green beans in a pan and top with the carrots. Finely mince half a bell pepper and give the bacon a chop.

    Grab your ground beef and add a hint of mace or nutmeg, 1 tbsp coarse mustard, a splash of worcestershiresauce and some Tabasco. Just use your favorite seasonings. Mix it all up. Cook the bacon until it gets slightly brown, add the ground beef, bell peppers and onion. Break up the ground beef. As soon as the meat has browned, and the onions are translucent add the flour. Cook for a minute before adding the ketchup, water, 1/3 beef bouillon cube and parsley. This also works with sage, Italian herbs or even dried thyme. Whatever you have on hand will do. Simmer the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes.

    Drain the potatoes and the vegetables. Give the potatoes a really light mash, add a little butter and pour in the hot milk. Add the vegetables to the potatoes and mash them in. Add more milk if it seems too dry. Taste to check the seasoning. Fill a bowl with the vegetable mash, top with a big spoonful of meat sauce, grab a spoon and dig in.
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    10 Comments »

    1. 1

      This is my kind of meal. It’s exactly the hodgepodge of ingredients that I used to combine when I was first living on my own and cooking for myself. This is sort of a fancier — or healthier — version of one of my favorite meals as a kid: mince and tatties (ground beef over mashed potatoes).  I can’t wait to try this!
      I made your yogurt chicken this week and it was one of the best yogurt chicken dishes I’ve ever made (and I’ve tried quite a few).

      Alison on Apr 21, 2010 @ 2:42 pm Reply
    2. 2

      Just what I need, a vegetable overload. Will def try this recipe over the weekend.

      Maria on Apr 21, 2010 @ 3:40 pm Reply
    3. 3

      I had something like this just the other night. It was more like garlic mashed potatoes with a creamy bell pepper sauce, so not as many veggies there, and no meat. But I had it in a bowl and ate it with a spoon and was completely comforted. :)

      Nicki on Apr 21, 2010 @ 4:34 pm Reply
    4. 4

      Like the sound and look of this. Lekker!

      Luna on Apr 21, 2010 @ 7:44 pm Reply
    5. 5

      I love the mixture of veggies and meat!! This casserole looks beautiful and yummy.

      Memoria on Apr 21, 2010 @ 8:16 pm Reply
    6. 6

      Mmmm, lekker!!!!

      Deidra @ ::Frugalistic:: on Apr 21, 2010 @ 8:44 pm Reply
    7. 7

      Delicious!  Kind of reminds me of Shepherd’s Pie.  Can’t wait to try this!

      Tracy (Oklahoma) on Apr 22, 2010 @ 12:25 am Reply
    8. 8

      I hate to tell you, but at my house, we love a very similar dish, and we call it “garbage can casserole.”  Because, I hasten to add, it uses up leftovers like potatoes, meat, and other veg that might be lying around.
      Your name for the dish is much more appetizing, and your pictures are terrific as usual.  Thanks!

      Deb in Indiana on Apr 24, 2010 @ 1:13 am Reply
    9. 9

      @Deb:

      Actually, I love the name Garbage Can Casserole. I would have used it if I had thought of it :)

      Kay on Apr 24, 2010 @ 8:21 am Reply
    10. 10

      I like the idea of a chaotic (or Kayotic) casserole, and your photo makes it look very appealing.  Please consider submitting this image well as some of your other photographs/recipes to FoodGazing.com. FoodGazing.com was launched just a few weeks ago and we are looking for exceptional food photos and recipes.  Thanks!

      CFB on Jun 9, 2010 @ 5:58 am Reply

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