Friday, February 26, 2010

Chinese style Hamburger Casserole

This doesn't taste very much like Chinese food, but it tastes good anyway! It has a pleasing crunch to it.

1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped or pureed
4-6 stalks of celery, chopped
1 c. almonds, chopped
6 c. brown rice, cooked
2 TBS butter
6 TBS flour, starch or other thickener
2 C. milk
1 TBS chicken bouillon
1 c. water
6 TBS soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
chow mein noodles

Brown the ground beef in a pan. Add onions and celery and cook a couple of minutes till onions are translucent.

Meanwhile, make sauce. Melt the butter then mix in the flour & bouillon to make a paste. Whisk in the milk and heat until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup of water and 6 TBS soy sauce; whisk till smooth.

Put beef mix, almonds and rice in a bowl. Mix it up and then pour the sauce on top. Mix till coated.

Put in 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for about 12-15 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Top with chow mein noodles if desired (still good without it, and gluten free if you don't!)