It's been a long time since I posted a recipe, so I got out my recipe box and started looking through my old family recipes to see what I could share. I ran across a good one that is not only delicious but has an interesting story and a variety of different names.
As a side note: this is the current state of my recipe box. The photo doesn't even include the big stack of unsorted recipe printouts that sit next to the cookbooks on my baker's rack. It's possible I need a new system.
So back to the recipe. Like a lot of the recipes I got from my grandmother, this is from the Depression era. In fact, I remember seeing her original version and it begins, "Take 10 cents' worth of hamburger..."
My grandmother called the dish "Slumgullion," although a version of it appears in our family cookbook under the name, "Yummy Yummy Top-of-Stove Casserole." My mom called it "Goulash," even though there's no paprika involved. No matter what you call it, it's hearty, quick and tasty. I'll stick with my grandmother's name for the recipe.
1 pound of ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, green beans)
1 can red beans
1/2 cup small shell noodles
1 tbsp. molasses
1/2 to 1 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown ground beef in a large skillet, draining fat as needed. Add onion, celery, carrot and garlic, and sauté until onion and celery are golden brown. Add frozen vegetables, red beans (no need to drain), molasses and shell noodles. Stir together and add as much water as you need to be able to cook noodles effectively. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until noodles are soft.
Oooooo - that sounds absolutely yummy! I'll be making it - The Young One will dig on the name, if nothing else.
My recipe box looks suspiciously like a laptop.
Posted by: Jan | August 27, 2008 at 08:35 AM
Other than subbing the ground beef for ground turkey, this looks a lot like something we throw together every once in a while that we call White People Food (in honor of Monkey in a Suit).
And I've just been able to access your blog for the first time in over a week!
Posted by: MLE | September 03, 2008 at 01:57 PM
Yes, we called something like that "Goulash" as well. But it was always more of a jambalaya....all the left overs from the week's prepared dishes.
Posted by: Hillary | October 08, 2009 at 05:44 PM
Never would have thought about molasses with meat & veggies.
Posted by: Spyder | October 08, 2009 at 06:44 PM