Chef's Corner
Casseroles Are Cool
by BAILEY BUCHANAN
This article originally appeared in The Tiger on October 6, 2006 | PRINT

A lot of people might think that casseroles are boring, but I beg to differ. The word "casserole" specifically refers to the actual baking container that holds a concoction. However, it seems as though most people use the word in reference to recipes. The question at hand is what exactly constitutes a casserole? The answer is that just about anything under the sun that you feel compelled to mix up in a dish and bake constitutes a casserole (feel free to be creative). Think about it. You could go to the trouble and prepare a meal that offers your dinner table several different components, or you could opt for the simplicity of a casserole. Now, that sounds exciting.

We all know that hamburgers are an old American favorite. So, let's take the casserole phenomenon and the classic hamburger idea and put them together...get ready to make a hamburger casserole! This recipe is super easy and it is a good change of pace from regular old hamburgers.

For starters, make sure you have all your ingredients before you get started so you will not run into any avoidable obstacles along the way. You need two pounds of hamburger meat. I recommend the lean beef because it is healthiest. You also need one medium onion, one can of tomato sauce (6 oz.), one package of egg noodles (8 oz.), one package of sharp cheddar cheese (16 oz.), one cup of sour cream and one cup of cottage cheese. In addition, go ahead and set out the seasonings that you fancy (salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc).

The first thing you should do is preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Next, begin browning your hamburger meat. Once you have the meat on the stove-top begin chopping your medium-sized onion. Add the chopped onion into the pan with the browning meat, along with seasonings to your taste. On another stove-top, go ahead and execute those egg noodles. Once the meat and onions are done, you are going to want to drain the grease well before adding the tomato sauce. Let this simmer for about five minutes. Once accomplished, add the cooked noodles, cup of sour cream and cup of cottage cheese to the mixture. Make sure that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Then, pour it into a deep casserole dish. Finally, top this off by sprinkling the shredded cheddar cheese over the top. Now, you are ready to pop it into the oven for about 25 minutes.

Enjoy your hot hamburger dish, and remember…casseroles are cool!

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