Most of you know that I am from Hawaii and we MUST be careful with our pennies, because EVERYTHING is so expensive over there. Ground Beef is something that is readily available as well as an inexpensive protein. You can even find this dish on menus in restaurants in Hawaii, that’s how much we like it!
I was challenged the other day by an “online pal” to come up with Budget-Friendly dishes that featured Hamburger, Root Vegetables, Beans, Potatoes, Lentils, Rice, canned Tomatoes and frozen Vegetables. There are so many ways you could put that list of ingredients together and come up with a super supper!
But my mind kept creeping back to an old favorite from my childhood. I didn’t really have a recipe per se, I usually cook by feel but wanted to put together a recipe for her that would make sense. I did a search on the WWW and found a YouTube vid from CookingandCrafting; it hit a note for me and I took it from there (Mahalo Beth).
Auntie Doni’s Hamburger Curry Stew
1 lb. Ground Beef (or Turkey or Chicken)
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
½ -3/4 C. Sweet White Onion, diced
1 Celery Stalk, sliced
2-3 C. Beef Broth
2 C. Potatoes, diced (use whatever kinda of `spud you have)
1-2 Tbsp, Curry Powder (to taste)
S&P to taste (you GOTTA taste as you go!)
1 ½ C. frozen Mixed Vegetables (or just Peas and Carrots too, any kind is good)
1 Tbsp Flour
In a good sized pan, heat the oil over medium-high; add the Onions and cook until just translucent. Now toss in the ground Beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, brown well. Drain off any excuse fat. At this juncture add the Celery, Broth, Potatoes, Curry Powder and S&P to taste. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce to a good simmer and cook for about 15 minutes (maybe 20 if you cut the Potato kinda big-ish), or until the Potatoes are tender. Add the frozen Veg, bring back to a boil and mix the Flour in a cup with some extra Broth; slowly add this to the pot to make some good kine GRAVY!!!
Simmer until thickened and the Veg is heated through but not soggy and falling apart. Taste it again, howzit, good? Adjust at this point, more Salt, no? Pepper? Curry? How’z the gravy? Maybe some more broth? Me, I couldn’t stop TASTING!
Serve over steamed White Rice or as is, any which way, it’s ONO (that’s delicious in Hawaiian)!
And as always, remember a recipe is just someone else’s idea, take and make it your own.