Day 15_ Chop Suey Casserole

My mom made this growing up. I have no idea if this is even an accurate recipe. I just started making this in college and continue to.  This is as close to “Chinese” as I got until I was well past the age of 21.  It is something that my entire family loves.

It is easy. You can prepare it before you cook it and refrigerate for a day or two. Not to mention the leftovers are equally as yummy.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 2 cups minute rice
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2  onion- diced
  • 2 stalks celery- diced
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.   Grab a pan out of the cabinet and let’s get started.

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Start by browning your ground beef and breaking it into small pieces over medium heat. I always cook ground beef in bulk and put in the fridge… I will make pasta tomorrow so one less step I have to do tomorrow.

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Ask your sou chef to dice up some onion and celery.  Make sure you give him as little room as possible. Surround your entire prep area in Legos. That seems like a great idea.

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Complement your sou chef on his handy work… Act like the Legos aren’t driving you nuts.

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Heat 1 1/2 cups of water in the microwave until hot.  Pour 2 cups rice into the water and cover.  I do this in the casserole dish I am going to cook it in because its one less dish to wash. This allows for the cooking process of the rice to start cooking but not completely.  This is a complete cheater step. jan15_7

Sit the rice aside while you finish your ground beef mixture…

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Add the onion and celery and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and cook on low heat until you take a bit of the crunch out of the onion and celery.  5 minutes or so.

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Add the rest of your soy sauce… or add a little more. I may or may not sneak in an extra tablespoon or dash here and there I love soy sauce… and black pepper and garlic salt  add those too and mix together. Then add your cream of mushroom soup, cream of chicken soup, and ground beef mixture.  Stir well making sure you are coating everything.

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Place the casserole into a 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.  If you removed this from the refrigerator it will take more time like 1 hr-1 15 minutes.

Here comes the controversial step… My mom used to put crushed potato chips on top in the last 5-10 minutes of cooking. My husband does not like the chips. I love the chips. However in a marriage you have to compromise so I didn’t put them on today.

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The casserole should be bubbly and warm, and slightly browned on the top. Yummo

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This is truly easy and wonderful.  Enjoy

xoxo,

Bryn

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