Wednesdays Unplugged – Mystery Hot Dish

NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!



"The family fireside is the best of schools." ~ Arnold Glasgow


 Fall1It has always seemed to me like the annual teacher's convention taking place this week signals the real end of fall… and the real start of pumpkin season! The leaves are mostly gone here, brown and crunching underfoot. We are celebrating our grandson's 5th birthday today so he got to choose the menu… French toast, pink cake with pink frosting with Darth Vader, and watermelon!


This week's recipe is an old-fashioned simple comfort food meat main dish I got from a dear aunt about 40 years ago. She is celebrating her 90th birthday this week so I am sharing this recipe in her honor. It's one of those retro 'cream soup' hamburger recipe staples of yesteryear. The original recipe calls for a box of seasoned croutons, which now translates to a 'package', or a little more… I just use enough to completely cover the top. I hadn't made it for years, but pulled it out for a Wednesday night dinner when I had some extra homemade croutons and our granddaughter loved it.

The recipe assumes croutons that are pretty dry and crunchy, so adjust the amount of water and butter down if you are using fresh homemade croutons. I prefer a couple varieties of cream of mushroom soup… golden mushroom and mushroom with roasted garlic… but any combination of your favorite cream soups will work… or make your own!


recipe from Rena Lehmann

  • 2 pounds ground beef (80-85% lean to keep it juicy)
  • 1 package seasoned croutons (could need more depending on the package, enough to cover the top of a 9 x 13 pan)
  • 2 tablespoons instant onion
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cans condensed cream soup (I like cream of mushroom with roasted garlic and golden mushroom)

Crumble uncooked hamburger into the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan (should look lumpy).  Put 1/2 cup water in a glass measuring cup, add 1/4 cup butter cut into pieces and instant onion. Heat in microwave until butter is melted and toss with croutons. Spread over top of meat to cover.

Combine two cans of condensed cream soup and spread over the top. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees F.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Email Golden Valley Realtor 


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