Billie here with Epicurean Delights!
I’m going to walk you through making one of my favorite casseroles and give you a few tips on choosing ingredients.
We are going to make my rendition of Texas Hash, a recipe from my 1972 Betty Crocker cookbook. Texas Hash was the very first casserole I ever made.
This casserole is loaded with onions. The chili powder gives it a hint of Mexican and the green pepper adds a bit of sweetness.
Before we dive into the recipe, I have some tips to share with you:
I always use sweet yellow onions. They add an extra layer of flavor to any dish. And I always either caramelize my onions or cook them down to increase the flavor.
Once I tried avocado oil I never looked back. It has such a fresh taste and doesn’t leave the after taste I think olive oil has. However, you can use whatever oil you choose for this recipe.
Let’s talk hamburger. Surprising fact: Raw extra lean ground beef is 66% water! This is natural moisture, not added water. So it isn’t surprising that the 93% lean hamburger I used in my recipe cooked down to about 12 ounces. So, if you want a whole pound of beef in your casserole, add an extra quarter pound.
I love Johnny's Seasoning Salt! It adds a touch of extra spice that I really appreciate. I use it on my barbecued burgers as well.
On to the recipe!
Billie's Texas Hash Remake
· 1 pound extra lean ground beef
· 3 large onions, chopped
· Avocado or olive oil for sautéing
· 1 large green pepper, chopped
· 1/2 cup water
· 1 can stewed tomatoes
· 1 cup uncooked rice
· 2 teaspoons chili powder
· 1 teaspoon Johnny’s seasoning salt
· ½ teaspoon salt
· Dash of pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in frying pan and sauté the onions until caramelized. Add green pepper and cook until pepper is cooked but still has a crisp consistency. Remove from pan and place in an ungreased 2 quart casserole dish.
Add ground beef to frying pan and cook until the beef is crispy and the pan drippings are nicely browned.
Place the cooked ground beef in the casserole dish.
Add ½ cup water to the frying pan and stir until the residue in the pan is incorporated with the water. Pour into the casserole dish.
Add the sautéd onions, chopped green pepper, stewed tomatoes, rice, chili powder, Johnny's seasoning and regular salt to the casserole dish. Stir to incorporate the spices evenly in the dish.
Cover and bake for one hour.
Remove cover and fluff up the rice by turning the top rice into the casserole.