Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gluten Free Hamburger Casserole...So Good When You Feel Not So Good

This may come as a shock to some of you, but I love me some good comfort food. Okay, maybe that's not a shock. Casseroles, one-pot meals, crock pots, a-can-of-this and a-can-of-that, it all makes me happy. I Actually, when I hear the words comfort food, I think of easy meals that you wouldn't be afraid to eat at home in your sweats with your hair pulled up in a ponytail and no makeup. Which is exactly what I looked like when I made this easy and yummy crock pot dinner. I am still not quite on my A-game yet, and after being sick for 16 days now, my family was really excited to eat something, anything, that wasn't microwaveable. My husband even liked it, which is a plus. (Apparently he hates my alfredo sauce but is too scared to tell me.)

I used to love eating Hamburger Helper's Potatoes Stroganoff back in the gluten days (yes, I proudly admit that Hamburger Helper was part of my cooking repertoire), and I really wanted to make something gluten free that tasted like it. This was my warm and satisfying solution.

Some folks will scoff at the ingredients in this dish and say it's too lowbrow to be considered for a food blog. Some people will think this dish looks terrible and probably tastes worse. Some people might not find the appeal in potatoes and soup cooked in hamburger all day. I disagree. All gluten free foods, including canned green beans, can have a place at the table. Who doesn't want a fast, easy way to make a delicious dinner that fills you up? And the gluten free types, we don't care so much if it's fancy, we just care if it's not toxic! And as anyone with any kind of a budget will attest, finding a way to make a package of hamburger appealing is the grand adventure for families all over America. So anyway, here's the recipe for Gluten Free Hamburger Casserole, done up right in the crock pot.

Gluten Free Hamburger Casserole
adapted from the Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook

1 1/2 pounds browned hamburger
6 potatoes, peeled and sliced into rounds
1 onion, sliced
dash of salt and pepper
1 can of green beans with the juice
1 can Progresso Creamy Mushroom soup (in Utah, only available at Smith's)

Layer the browned hamburger in the bottom of the crock pot. Top with the potatoes, onion, salt and pepper. Pour green beans and juice over all. Pour soup over green beans. Cook on low for 5 hours. Serve with Gluten Free Biscuits Supreme.

I cooked mine in the crock pot for about 6 hours and the potatoes were a tad overdone, but crock pot cooking times vary so check your potatoes at 5 hours and if they aren't quite done cook another hour. I ate this heated up for lunch today and it was just as good as the night before. That, if anything, makes me feel better.

Happy eating!


  1. For another Cream of Mushroom soup alternative, I really like Pacific Foods Homestyle Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup. Of course this is available at Whole Foods, but also can be found at Super Target. (It's in a square cardboard carton).

  2. Thank you Terri for finding an alternative for us! It's hard to take the chance on buying something without knowing it's tasty. I'll have to try some soon!


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