Amish Country Casserole – Indulge, in a comforting Amish Country Casserole perfect for those family gatherings. This delightful dish brings together the combination of ground beef, medium egg noodles, and a sprinkle of Parmesan for a tantalizing flavor experience.
When I stumbled upon this recipe for Amish Country Casserole for the first time I have to admit I had my doubts. How could something simple deliver bold flavors? Oh boy was I proven wrong! The first mouthful transported me right to the heart of Amish country with its rustic and heartwarming taste. Even my husband, who is usually quite critical when it comes to food went back for seconds. As for my child? Well, let’s just say there wasn’t a leftover for the day.
What makes this Amish Country Casserole truly satisfying?
This isn’t any casserole; it’s an invitation to savor the delights of Amish cooking right in your own kitchen. Its brilliance lies in its simplicity; in 35 minutes you can create a satisfying meal that shines both as a main course or as a delectable side dish, alongside other culinary creations. With its blend of egg noodles and lean ground beef, every bite promises satisfaction.
What You Need To Make This Amish Country Casserole Recipe?
Medium Egg Noodles: The backbone of this casserole. They’re the perfect choice as they soak up the flavors and provide a lovely texture contrast to the beef. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could explore whole-grain variants for added nutrition.
Ground Beef: Opt for lean cuts to ensure the casserole isn’t too greasy. Ground beef is the traditional choice, but for those looking to switch things up, other meats could work just as well. However, lean beef brings that classic flavor that’s hard to beat.
Tomato Soup & Cream of Mushroom: These canned soups simplify the preparation while packing in loads of flavor. If you have time, consider homemade versions, but the canned varieties ensure consistency and speed.
Milk: It adds creaminess to the casserole. Depending on your preference, you could opt for full-fat for richness or skimmed for a lighter touch.
Worcestershire Sauce: A little goes a long way! This sauce adds depth and umami, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the dish.
Garlic Powder: Assuming the original ‘garlic’ refers to garlic powder, it’s essential for that subtle undertone that ties everything together. Fresh garlic could be used as a substitute, but the powder ensures an even distribution of flavor.
Onion Flakes: These provide bursts of oniony flavor without overpowering the dish. If you’re an onion lover, fresh onions can be sautéed with the beef for a more pronounced taste.
Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated is always best. It melts beautifully and offers a salty, nutty touch to the top of the casserole. Pre-packed variants can be used in a pinch, but the fresh kind elevates the dish.
Steps To Make Amish Country Casserole:
Step 1: Start by getting your oven nice and toasty. Preheat it to 350°F. While you’re at it, grab a 9×13-inch pan and give it a gentle spray with some cooking spray. Let’s keep it ready and waiting.
Step 2: Time for some
Step 3: Next, let’s talk beef. Take a big skillet, and cook that ground beef until it’s browned and gorgeous. Remember to drain off any extra fat; we want flavor, not grease.
Step 4: Now, in a mixing bowl big enough to host a party, combine the tomato soup, cream of mushroom, milk, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and those crispy onion flakes. Mix it up! Now, usher in the ground beef and those well-cooked noodles.
Step 5: Pour this delightful mixture into your prepared pan. Sprinkle the top with your freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Step 6: Pop it into the oven. Let it bake, uncovered, for about 25 to 30 minutes. When it’s beautifully golden on top, you’ll know it’s ready.
To add a burst of taste and texture you might want to try dusting a coating of breadcrumbs combined with a hint of melted butter, on top of the parmesan cheese, before popping it in the oven. This will create a crust that beautifully complements the velvety inside enhancing the flavor and mouthfeel with every mouthwatering morsel.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use another type of meat instead of beef?
Absolutely! Ground turkey or chicken works well as a leaner alternative. Just ensure it’s thoroughly cooked.
I’m not a fan of cream of mushrooms. Any alternatives?
Sure thing! A cream of chicken or even a cream of celery can be a good swap. It might slightly alter the taste but should still be delightful.
How long can I store the leftover casserole?
Ideally, consume within 3 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Remember to reheat thoroughly before serving again.
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