Monday, March 8, 2010

Firestation Casserole for the Masses

Alright, sports fans, today I have for you another great recipe that feeds lots of people.  It's a simple casserole, quick, easy, yummy.  All the things we love, am I right?

I call this Firestation Casserole, enjoy!

Brown two pounds of ground beef (or one, depending on how many people you're feeding.  I'm typing this all from memory so the amounts are bassed on what we use in our family.)  Mix the beef with four cans of cream of mushroom soup and two cans of green chilies, but don't cook, just set aside as you get the casserole dish ready.  In the casserole dish, about a nine by thirteen or so, line the bottom with broken up corn tortillas.  Cover the tortillas with part of the meat/soup mix.  Top with more tortillas, cover with meat/soup - basically, you just layer the tortillas and meat/soup mix.  Top the very top layer with cheese and bake at 350 degrees for a half an hour.

Now, sorry to eat and run, but today is quite the busy day!!

Happy Cooking!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

more, More, MORE!!

We got a very unexpected surprise this weekend when my aunt and uncle and their five kids showed up on our doorstep one morning!  They drove out from Nebraska to spend some time with the family and ended up staying with us for a few days. 
This gave me a great idea for the next several posts: ideas and recipes to feed lots of hungry mouths!

There are a ton of casserole recipes out there and they are great for feeding a lot of family members that show up at your door!  You can also make them for your immediate family; they go a long way and are great leftovers.

The first recipe I'm going to share is my spaghetti recipe: it's yummy, feeds a lot, and everyone loves it!

It's really simple, start out with two pounds of ground beef, browned.  You can drain the grease, I usually don't because it adds a little kick of flavor to the sauce.  If there is a lot of grease, please drain it! 
Add in Ragu, tomato sauce, a little squirt of ketchup (it's good! I promise!), mushrooms and onions.  The spices are key in this, just add as much as you feel is good.  Garlic (I always load up the garlic), Basil, oregano, thyme, fresh cilantro (yummy!! ^^) 

Man, my mouth is watering just thinking about this recipe!  It's fabulous!
You can also combine the sauce and noodles in a casserole dish, top with oodles of cheese and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees for a delicious Spaghetti Casserole.  I typically make the spaghetti one night, then make the leftovers into a casserole for dinner the next night.

Happy Cooking!