One Dish Hamburger Meal with Potatoes and Green Beans

I had never heard of this one dish hamburger meal until I married into the Slabach family. It was one of Mom’s recipes and the one that her son Paul loved the most. I still think of it as Paul’s favorite dish.

I hadn’t made it in years and had to call my sister-in-law Rhoda to ask her how mom did it. She gave me the detail-by-detail method, and I fixed it that evening to perfection. Dave said it tasted just like Mom’s.

This dish is so versatile. You can increase it for a large crowd or use smaller amounts of the ingredients if you’re cooking for a few. Another thing that’s nice about this dish is that the ingredients are items you will (probably) already have on hand in your kitchen.

Hamburger, potatoes, green beans, and cream of mushroom soup. You can add some onion, salt and pepper, or garlic for flavor if you’d like. Mom just used salt and pepper, but you can add other spices. I like to add garlic and some red pepper flakes.,but I just don’t tell anyone. ūüôā

One thing I can tell you is this: it tastes a whole lot better than the photo can make it look.


Hamburger, Potato, Green Bean One Dish Meal
Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
A simple and nutritious one-dish casserole with hamburger, green beans, and potatoes.
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 quart green beans
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  1. Fry hamburger in a dutch oven until done
  2. Do not drain (optional)
  3. Add peeled, diced potatoes and cook until tender
  4. Add green beans with juice
  5. Add cream of mushroom soup and heat through
  6. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic - you choose

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Homemade, Homecanned Grape Juice

grape juice

Grape juice, homemade and home canned is the best. Try it on Sunday evening with a batch of homemade popcorn!

This is such an easy recipe, and you can double it to make a concentrate. I can’t tell you what kind of grapes I use, but I get them from my sister-in-laws grape vines and they are delish. I think they might be Concord grapes, but I’m really not sure.

All you need is grapes, sugar, and water. You’ll need canning jars, lids, and rings as well.

Here are your easy, peasy steps:

  1. Wash jars and rings
  2. Wash grapes and put them in jars
  3. Add sugar
  4. Fill jars with boiling water. Stir until sugar is dissolved
  5. Process in hot water bath for twenty minutes.

That’s it, folks.

grape juice

I have doubled this recipe per jar, so when  I open a jar, I add water to the concentrate. This saves me jar lids and jars. It also saves on canning time because I can do twice as much in the same amount of time!

To do a hot water bath, use a large canner or kettle with a rack in the bottom. Put jars into the canner and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

I have used a large kettle and put a towel in the bottom of the kettle. The towel remains wet because it is saturated with water. There is no way the towel can burn! The purpose of the towel or a rack is to provide a buffer for the jars so they do not break during the boiling water process. My mother had a wooden rack, so I know that pieces of wood can work just as well. I realize this is not going to be “recommended” by professionals, but if you have a large kettle and no rack, this works.

This recipe is found in the Mennonite Community Cookbook.

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Home Canned Grape Juice
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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Homemade, home canned grape juice is better than anything you can buy in the store. You can control the sugar content and there are no preservatives.
  • 1 cup grapes
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Boiling water to fill quart jar
  1. Wash grapes and remove stems
  2. Put grapes into a quart jar
  3. Add sugar
  4. Add boiling water to fill the jar
  5. Stir sugar until dissolved
  6. Cover with canning lids and rings
  7. Process for 20 minutes in hot water bath

grape juice

Crunchy Chocolate Sauce

No matter what time of year, ice cream toppings are a specialty. Especially when it’s hot in the summer, the coolness of ice cream is a hit. Add some homemade crunchy chocolate sauce as a topping, and you’re all set. This sauce pours well when it’s warm and then hardens as it sits on the ice cream.

After it’s made, you’ll need to store it in the refrigerator and then heat to re-serve. It will keep for months in a sealed container and refrigerated.

I got this recipe from my friend Katie who brought it to an outdoor ice cream and movie party a few weeks ago. She got the original recipe comes from Taste of Home. Find more great recipes at!

Crunchy Chocolate Sauce
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: ½ cup
A chocolate sauce that's easy to make and serve on ice cream. Try dipping cones into the sauce as well!
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • ½ cup butter (do not substitute)
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. In a skillet, saute nuts in butter until golden brown
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Stir in chocolate chips
  4. Stir until melted
  5. Serve warm over ice cream
  6. Sauce will harden
  7. Store in refrigerator
  8. Reheat to serve

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Cream Cheese Fruit Snack with Graham Crackers

cream cheese fruit snackCream cheese fruit snack.¬†It’s a cracker. It’s a cheese. It’s a fruit. It’s a snack!

When I’ve got some leftover pie filling or a few extra graham crackers, this snack is my go-to, especially when there are kiddos in the house.¬† It’s so simple and easy.

You let the kids choose their favorite fruit flavor, and you’re set. Fresh fruit works well, too.

You only need three things:

  1. graham crackers
  2. cream cheese
  3. fruit – either fresh fruit or fruit pie filling

Have cream cheese at room temperature so it is easy to spread on the graham crackers.  Spread it as thick or as thin as you like. Top with fruit topping.

cream cheese fruit snack

I’ve used canned blueberry and cherry pie filling. I’ve also used fresh, sliced peaches and freshly-picked blackberries. Like I said, you pick whatever toppings you want for this cream cheese fruit snack.


cream cheese fruit snackThis snack is a mini-version of Cream Cheese Fruit Delight, and it’s a lot easier to do (not to mention it has less calories!).¬† It’s a cool, refreshing snack that takes only a minute to assemble.

When I make the Fruit Delight, I usually have two choices of pie filling, so there’s always some left over. This is how I “use up” the rest of the pie filling.

On the crackers, I gladly admit that I only use one brand: Honey Maid. I grew up on these because in my childhood we didn’t have “generic” brands available. It’s the only kind I use, and was one of our prenuptial agreements. Dave has willingly¬†always¬†bought the Honey Maid brand even when it costs him more. My point? Don’t skimp on the crackers because your taste buds will be able to tell.

For a larger crowd, you can spread the cream cheese on the crackers and then allow each person to add his own topping. Use different size sections of crackers to make it adult or child friendly.


cream cheese fruit snack