Helping Hamburger in a Fresh Way!
Years ago and in skillets far far away, a boxed gathering of dry elbow macaroni, a packet of mystery seasonings (probably loaded with MSG) and your plastic covered package of pre-ground hamburger, dinner was served. I have made my share of this boxed convenience dinner when I had young boys at home, a full house of chaos, more than a full time job and limited funds. I won't lie, it was delicious, filling and was a cheap meal. Usually served with a side of corn and some bread and butter.
Yesterday, I glanced in the freezer and there was some of my custom meat grind (recipe below) and I abandoned our scheduled meal and decided to recreate this meal, but with good quality food.
Served with some homemade dinner rolls, I found it was really a delicious, easy, rather affordable meal and didn't really take any more time to do it right.
Here is the recipe:
1# Pork / Beef / Savory grind (recipe link)
Fresh Mushrooms - sliced
Sweet Onion - diced rough
2 cups elbow macaroni
4 cups water
1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 cup Havarti cheese (shredded)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
1/2 cup fresh whole milk (you could use low fat)
1 Tbs salted butter
1 tsp kosher salt (or to your taste, remember the cheese has salt as does the Pork / Beef / Savory grind)
Freshly ground pepper to taste
In a heavy skillet add: Pork / Beef / Savory Grind and brown. Add the onions and mushroom, turn to low / medium and allow the mushrooms to cook to tender and the onions transparent. Cover and keep warm. If it begins to get too dry, remove from heat, add a touch of water and cover. Place water and elbow macaroni in large pot, bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook until slightly tender - don't let this get mushy.
Drain the mac and add back to the pot. Add butter, milk, and all cheeses (except Parmesan), bring heat up to medium and let it slowly melt together.
Once both parts of the dish are complete, place the macaroni and cheese in a bowl, cover with the rich pork / beef / savory grind, top with grated parmesan and serve with dinner rolls.
Entire cook time 45 minutes / serves 4 regular people or about 3 Texans... :)
Did you make this? Or have some of your versions? Post below!