Busy Day Casserole

Busy Day Casserole: Amish Recipe by Sarah Price

As the days grow darker faster and the colder weather rolls in, the Amish still have a lot of chores to do, especially for those that live on farms. Sometimes, under the cover of darkness, they will be outside milking cows and cleaning stalls long after the sun sets.

On those days, comfort food is quite welcome for supper. This recipe is wonderful for cold, dark nights and rather easy to make. While you can follow it as written, I know that I often stray a bit and use other leftovers that I have from previous meals.

Ingredients:

1 lb. hamburger meat (or cubed ham or boneless chicken diced)
1 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup water
2 cup diced potatoes
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen beans
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup diced onions
1 tbsp. flour
Pillsbury Biscuits (or similar dough mix)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Brown the meat in butter over medium heat in a larger skillet.
Add the water and all of the other ingredients—if using any canned vegetables, add them after frozen and fresh vegetables have time to get tender.
Stir in the flour and transfer the mixture to a casserole pan.
Top with the Pillsbury Biscuits.
Bake the casserole at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.

To make things really simple, you can purchase frozen vegetable packages from the supermarket and use that, too! Try substituting with other vegetables such as red peppers, broccoli, or lima beans. Any combination will work.

For more fun recipes and stories, pick up a copy of Plain & Simple Traditions: Amish & Mennonite Holidays!

Enjoy!


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