Chow Mein Hot Dish

photo 3While it’s not the prettiest dish for a picture, serving this Chow Mein Hot Dish always satisfies my family’s hunger. My proof that it’s a family favorite is this picture. My family had the dish half eaten by the time I could find my camera to take a photo!

 

 

It’s not Chow Mein in the true sense of Chinese stir fry as you can see from the list of ingredients. Far from it. It’s so “American-ized,” I actually feel slightly unscrupulous calling it the name it has. However, given that my son is a picky eater like his mother, I don’t care what it’s called because this has always been an easy go-to dinner that he devours.

1 lb. ground beef

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup regular rice (not Minute Rice)

1 can Chicken with Rice soup

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup

1 soup can of water

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

Salt & Pepper to taste (easy on the salt)

1 can of Rice Noodles or crispy Chow Mein Noodles (La Choy)

Brown meat. Saute onion and celery in small frying pan with a little butter. Add the onion, celery, soups, water, regular rice and soy sauce to the meat. Stir. Salt and pepper as desired (be cautious of too much salt). Pour into a shallow 2 quart baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The deeper the dish, the longer it may need to bake. It should not be “soupy” when served. With 5 minutes left to bake, sprinkle noodles on top.

The recipe from my mom, Georgia. Funny how when a loved one passes away, even the littlest thing, such as this handwritten recipe card, can be considered such a treasure.

The recipe from my mom, Georgia. Funny how when a loved one passes away, even the littlest thing, such as this handwritten recipe card, can be considered a small treasure.

 

2 thoughts on “Chow Mein Hot Dish

  1. Roberta Armour Rundio says:

    What a blast from the past. Encouraged me to look through the recipe boxes I inherited from my mom crammed full of recipes. So full in fact, that I had to take a handful out just to look through them. Those babies were packed tight. Found more than a couple from your mom. My two favorites are English toffee, a wonderful bar cookie and a chicken hot dish she made for brunch the day after Keith and Lori’s wedding.. Ah, the good old days … I understand that life goes on, but sometimes I miss those days so much my body just aches. What I wouldn’t give for just one more day without knowing it would end.

    • Cheryl DeShambo says:

      I hear ya. I have so many of my mom’s recipes that I want to make again. Sadly, I struggle with the patience to make them given so many are “from scratch.” I bet your mom’s were the same. One thing we never fell short of at family reunions were good food, that’s for sure! Thanks for reading my post. 🙂

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