Monday, August 28, 2017

Favorite Food #OpenBook Blog Hop

Food—one of my favorite topics. There's a running joke that I should have been born Italian because my favorite food is just that—anything Italian. Spaghetti, pizza, lasagna, fettuccine alfredo, you name it.

What I don't claim is to be a good Italian cook. I don't make my own sauce or pasta. It always tastes better when someone else cooks it.

But I'm also a fan of comfort food. Old-fashioned cooking that clings to your ribs and fills your tummy. Chicken and Dumplings. Beef Stew. And I've got some great recipes. Granted, some of them are better suited to a cold winter's day rather than the log days of summer, but it's almost September already, and snow isn't too far off in these parts.

Here's my take on Hamburger stew:

Hamburger Soup


1 ½ lbs lean ground beef (or substitute ½ lb hot Italian sausage for an extra kick)
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cups shredded cabbage (I buy the pre-shredded cabbage. It cuts down on the preparation time.)
1 sweet bell pepper, chopped
1 tbls minced garlic
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
4 cups beef stock ( I usually use more)
½ tsp seasoning salt
½ tsb basil
¼ tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet, brown the beef, onions celery, garlic and pepper until the meat is no longer pink. Add the cabbage and cook together for a couple of minutes. Drain. (I find it easier to add most of the vegetables after draining the fully cooked meat.) Add the seasoning.

Transfer the meat and vegetable mixture to a stock pot, add the beef stock and tomato sauce. Mix. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30-45 minutes and serve. (I like it with shredded cheese on top.)

I've used both yellow and green peppers at the same time to give it some added color. I also like to add sliced carrots.

Serve with some freshly baked bread and you have a real treat. (Don't make your own bread? Me either. I hit up my favorite grocery store bakery and warm up a loaf for a few minutes before serving.)

This is just as good as leftovers as it is the day you make it, but you may need to add some additional beef stock.

I wonder what our other authors are eating. Let's go find out!

August 28, 2017 – Favorite Foods. What are your favorites, something you could eat weekly or more often. Feel free to share a recipe.
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  1. Oh, I just got a new recipe to try. Summer is quickly turning toward fall here, so it will be perfectly appropriate.

  2. I've never had hamburger stew and this sounds awesome. I'd love to share it with my subscribers, would you mind?

    1. Feel free. The best part of this recipe is that you can play with the ingredients to suit your taste.

  3. Stews and casseroles are good. You can throw everything in the pot and then go off and do something else!

  4. Crock pots are good too. I haven't tried this recipe in a crock pot yet- not sure if the hamburger would get "mushy" or not.