Sunday, February 15, 2009


This is an old recipe from the small rural community where I grew up in Southern Indiana.

1 lb ground beef
1 1/2-oz pkg Sloppy Joe seasoning mix
1 cup water
1 6-oz can tomato paste
2 16-oz cans French-style green beans, drained
1 2 1/2-oz jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef in a large skillet; drain off all the fat. Stir in the seasoning mix and water. Add the tomato paste; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the beans and mushrooms. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart casserole dish that has been lightly buttered. Top with the shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and casserole is heated through.

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