The hamburger casserole I baked was from The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever. Officially, the recipe is called the Meal-In-One-Dish-Hamburger Casserole. It’s super yummy.
Besides chopping onions for this dish, I had to slice several potatoes.
To begin, you mix lean ground beef, onions, spices, and diced tomatoes. After mixing, you spread the mixture in casserole dishes.
As you can see, I made 3 casseroles. The casserole dish on the stove is slightly larger than the 9 x 13 ones on the right.
After you have put the beef mixture in the dishes, you put a layer of sliced potatoes on top.
Next, you mix peas and corn with flour. The recipe also calls for bell peppers, but due to taste preferences in the family, I left them out.
You cover and bake the casseroles for 45 minutes. As you can see, these 3 dishes completely fill my oven.
After the 45 minutes, you uncover the casseroles, spread shredded cheddar on top, and them bake them 10 minutes longer, or until the potatoes are tender and the cheese is melted. Make sure that the potatoes are tender! Otherwise, you’ll be sticking the casserole back in the oven to finish cooking after you take it out of the freezer the day you plan to eat it.
I cut the large casserole in half and froze both halves. For the two smaller casseroles, I split them into thirds. I froze 2/ 3 of each casserole per bag, for 2 bags, and left the other 2/3 portion in the fridge for the following evening’s dinner.
Thus, I froze 4 bags and had another portion in the fridge.