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Sharing with Wauneta: Havest time alwasy called for quick, easy meals... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 16:54

By Nola Straub


Harvest is over in most areas. That always meant eating in the fields time! That’s followed by cane, hay, and corn harvest and more quick, easy dinners. Why not share some of your favorites with Wauneta Breeze readers?


Easy Enchiladas

Pat Cramer

1 lb. hamburger

1 can tomato soup

1 can spicy refried beans

1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 c. medium hot sauce

1 pkg. soft shell tortillas

Brown and drain hamburger; mix with 1/2 soup and the refried beans. Place mixture in each tortilla; roll up and place in well-greased baking pan. Mix remaining soup and hot sauce; pour over the top. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake in microwave (medium heat) for 15 min. or regular oven 350 degrees for 1/2 hour.


Some of my happiest days were coming home for harvest. Harry and the boys came home to help drive combine, trucks, or tractor in another weedy field and I to help Norma in the kitchen and/or to take the meals to the field. We would take mom leftovers to heat up for supper. She usually had dinner delivered from the home. We would stay a bit to visit as we would have a simple supper planned or it was already on low in the oven before we left.


Hamburger-Hot Dog Dish

Norma’s Collection

1 lb. hamburger

Small onion, diced

3/4 c. bread crumbs

3/4 c. milk

1 tsp. cornstarch

Salt to taste


1/4 c. oil

3 - (8 oz. cans) tomato sauce

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 16-oz. pkg. hot dogs, sliced

Dill pickles

Mix hamburger, onion, bread crumbs, milk, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Make balls and put in fry pan that has 1/4 cup oil in it. Brown and drain. Mix tomato sauce, sugar, lemon juice and hotdogs. Pour over meatballs. You can put chopped dill pickles in the meat, simmer until heated. Two of the quickest meats to fix and haul.


Italian Hamburger Bake Norma’s Collection

1 lb. hamburger

1/2 c. chopped onion

1 env. dry tomato soup mix

1 c. milk

1 (8-oz.) carton large curd cottage cheese

Dash of garlic powder

1/4 tsp. crushed basil

1/4 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 c. shredded parmesan cheese

1 pkg. refrigerated biscuits

Cook meat and onion. Stir in soup mix, cottage cheese and seasonings. Heat to boiling. Pour into 10x6x1 1/2-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Top with biscuits. Bake 20 min. at 375 degrees or until biscuits are done.


Chow Mein Casserole Norma’s collection

1 lb. hamburger

3/4 c. soy sauce

1 pkg. egg noodles

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

3 c. chow mein noodles

2 sm. cans sliced black olives

2 sm. cans mushrooms

Brown hamburger and drain well. Add soy sauce to hamberger; stir and let sit while cooking noodles. Mix all together: hamburger, noodles, 2 cans soup (NO WATER) and 2 cans drained mushrooms. Mix well. Pour mixture into 9x13 inch casserole dish. Top with chow mein noodles and black olives. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.


Mock Chicken and Dressing

Pat Cramer

1 lb. ground beef

2 c. dry bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

1 c. milk

1 sm. onion, chopped

1/2 tsp. sage

1 can chicken noodle soup

1 pkg. creamy chicken gravy

Mix all ingredients together (except gravy.) Turn into buttered casserole and bake at 425 degrees for 40 min. Before serving mix up the gravy and serve over the meat. Bon appetite!


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