Do you remember when you bought that new cookbook? You were going to try so many new recipes and then for whatever reason, it was put away and you forgot about it. That's what happened with this book Company's Coming: Most Loved Casseroles. I was looking for an easy dinner for son to make, and this book jumped of the shelf and said "use me, use me". I don't know if he made one of the recipes, but I tried two of them. They both were tasty. "Quick Tuna Casserole" is a savory dish that you can't go wrong in chosing. We all agreed that it could use a bit more ZIP, and added a few dashes of hot sauce to our plates. With that success under my belt, I ventured further into the book and decided upon "Picadillo Pie". I had to make a few substitutions as I didn't read the recipe properly prior to my shopping trip. I skipped the mushrooms, used pizza olives with no pimento, and totally missed that there was a white potato called for. oops. Still tasted great and will definitely make this again. Note that the addition of the dried fruit does not make it a sweet dish.
2 tsp cooking oil
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 cup chopped fresh white mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
28 oz can of diced tomatoes with juice
3/4 cup sliced pimento-stuffed olives
1/2 cup chopped dried apricot
1/2 cup dark raisins
2 pounds sweet potatoes
1 pound potatoes
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp yellow cornmeal
1 large egg, beaten with a fork
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp each salt and pepper (or to taste)
Heat cooking oil in large frying pan on medium. Add Beef. Scramble-fry for about 10 minutes until no longer pink. Drain.
Add next 6 ingredients. Cook for 5 - 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and liquid is evaporated.
To follow up this wonderful meal, we had sugar cookies that my daughter iced. I told her she needed to make the frosting and could chose the colour. For the recipe visit 'The Sisters Cafe' for their Melt in Your Mouth Sugar Cookies post. ps, you don't have to make vivid purple frosting.