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
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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.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 quart green beans
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
Instructions
  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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Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

cucumberIt’s summertime, and that means it’s cucumber time. Cucumber Tea Sandwiches are easy to fix and delightful to serve.

The recipe calls for seedless cucumbers, but I have used cucumbers with seeds.

You’ll want to use smaller, tasty cucumbers for this. You can slice them into thin rectangular slices or use a vegetable slicer and make tiny rounds with them.

The recipe calls for white bread, but you can also use tortillas and roll the cucumbers up into them.

If you are using tortillas, you’ll want to use thinly-sliced cucumbers and possibly double the layers.

The cream cheese layer is easy to make. You can add other seasonings (red pepper flakes, etc.) if you’d like.

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If you prefer, you can spread the whipped cream cheese on the bread and then sprinkle fresh dill on top. I find it easier to just mix it all together.

I have also used regular cream cheese, adding just a tablespoon of milk as I whipped it with a mixer. It take a little longer this way, but at the same time, it might save you a trip to the grocery.

I like to add salt and pepper to the cucumbers before I put the top layer of bread on, but that’s up to you.

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Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 24
 
A tasty way to serve cucumbers at a tea or even for a child's party.
Ingredients
  • 2 seedless cucumbers, ends trimmed
  • 12 slices white sandwich bread
  • 6 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 1½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill (I have used regular dill)
  • 1 tablespoon onion and/or garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Mix whipped cream cheese, dill, and onion/garlic together
  2. Trim ends of cucumber (peeling cucumber is optional)
  3. Cut each cucumber crosswise into 4 equal pieces
  4. Thinly slice each cucumber piece lengthwise into strips
  5. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture onto the bread slices
  6. Divide the cucumber evenly among 6 slices
  7. Top with remaining bread.
  8. Trim the crusts and cut into quarters.

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Chicken Bites

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Chicken Bites is a fun dish to make, and one that children and adults will be sure to like. You can make this recipe ahead and then refrigerate the dish. The next day you can put it in the oven and just heat it through slowly.

I did this the other weekend – made the mess and cleaned it all up on Saturday. On Sunday morning, all I had to do was pop it into the oven, and put it on Time Bake for an hour at 250. By the time we got home from church, the aroma of chicken filled the kitchen and the dish was hot and ready to serve.

If you do this, I recommend that you bake it until it’s just barely done. You can finish baking as it heats. Likewise, you could freeze this dish as well and then pull it out of the freezer one morning when you’re going to be¬†having a busy day.

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To make the crumbs, put the ingredients into a blender.  It guarantees an even crumb mixture and helps get the clumps out of the Ritz crackers. Use a fork or tongs for dipping the chicken into the butter and crumbs.

Bake the dish uncovered – but if you’re heating it up the next day, be sure to cover the chicken so it won’t dry out. You can always take the cover off for the last few minutes if you want.

Go for it. Get your kids to roll up their sleeves and help dip and bread the chicken!

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Chicken Bites
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
Chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces, dipped in butter and breaded with a Ritz cracker-Parmesan cheese seasoning mix. Baked for half an hour, and it's ready to serve.
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 up crushed Ritz crackers
  • ½ tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp. basil leaves
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder (optional)
  • ½ cup melted butter
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces
  2. Melt butter and put into a container for dipping
  3. Mix all other ingredients well - a blender is my choice
  4. Place aluminum foil over baking sheet
  5. Heat oven to 400
  6. Dip chicken in melted butter, then in crumbs
  7. Put onto baking sheet
  8. Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes

 

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Chicken Alfredo with Homemade Sauce

chicken alfredo

This recipe is an easy do-ahead. You can cook your noodles and make the sauce a day ahead, then combine and heat to serve. It’s also an easy one to do for a quick dinner – in thirty minutes or less. For the chicken, I’ve used my home-canned chicken.¬†[Clicking on this link takes you to canned beef, but it works as well for chicken. Follow the directions exactly but substitute chicken for beef.]¬†I’ve also used left-over grilled chicken or any chicken that’s left over from another meal. Simply put it into a freezer zip-lock bag and save it for the time you need this for a quick meal.

I’ve tried many different Alfredo recipes and this is the one I’ve come up with that works for me. When you make your own sauce, you know exactly what is in it, and there are no preservatives hiding around in that list of ingredients!

While you’re making the sauce, cook the noodles according to the package directions.

chicken alfredo

For the sauce, you’ll find that it thickens on its own without any flour added. Melt your butter and cream cheese together, then add heavy cream (use light or milk if you prefer). Seasonings can be adjusted to your liking and you’ll add the cooked chicken to the sauce just before you combine the noodles with the ingredients.

If you’re into counting calories, you might prefer light cream or milk instead of any cream. But for a hearty Alfredo sauce, you’ll want to use real butter and real cream.

 

Drain the noodles and combine the sauce and chicken with the noodles. Garnish with parsley.

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Chicken Alfredo with Homemade Sauce
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
An easy homemade sauce to make your own Chicken Alfredo. Easy to make and a guarantee to have no hidden preservatives.
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces noodles
  • ½ cup butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 cups heavy cream - or 1 cup cream and 1 cup milk
  • 2-3 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups cooked (or grilled) chopped chicken
  • parsley flakes for garnish
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles according to package, then drain
  2. Melt butter and cream cheese in saucepan, stirring
  3. Add cream (and/or milk)
  4. Stir until it thickens
  5. Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper
  6. Add Parmesan cheese
  7. Add chicken, then toss together with the sauce
  8. Garnish with parsley

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