Let's kick this off with a recipe that she got from her mom, my mother-in-law:
Beef and Barley Casserole
NOTE: This is a slower recipe, you will need about 4 hours of total time (No... laugh now because you won't be cooking for the entire 4 hours. Only about 1 hour of time is required. The other amount of time is for soaking the barley ahead of time. ^_^)
For this recipe, you will need the following:
- 2/3 cup barley, uncooked
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, sliced
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1.5 (1 in a half) cups water
- salt and pepper to taste
NOTE: All items can be found at your local market or grocery store
- Soak the barley in water for 3 hours, then drain and set aside
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Toss the beef and the onion together in a large skillet. Brown the meat until it is no longer pink and the meat is completely crumbled, not stuck together.
- Drain the grease from the skillet and toss in the carrots, soy sauce, molasses, drained barley, and water and place back on stove on low/medium heat.
- Stir the molasses in until it is dissolved and the mixture has begun to simmer
- Season to taste with salt and pepper then place the mixture in a lidded 2-qt (quart) casserole dish
- Bake covered until the barley is tender and has absorbed the water, about 1 hour total.
This dish is a delicious and easy route to any casserole lovers heart! Now, onto our second dish:
You will need the following items:
- An 8 ounce package of crescent rolls
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 ounce package of taco seasoning
- 16 ounce container of sour cream
- 8 ounces Mexican-style cheese, shredded
- 14.5 ounce bag of tortilla chips, crushed
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- Lay out your crescent rolls on a baking sheet (flatten them out, please don't bake as crescents...) and bake accordingly as stated by directions on their packages.
- Meanwhile, brown your meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat
- Add taco seasoning and stir well
- When dough is done baking, take it out of the oven and allow to cool slightly
- Place your meat and taco mixture on top of the crescents
- Layer with sour cream and cheese
- Pour your crumbled tortilla chips on top of it all
- Return to the oven, still at 350 degrees, and bake for about 10 minutes or until your cheese is nice and melted
NOTE: This makes about 8 servings. Please feel free to tweak the recipe and have a blast layering more layers to this dish!
There you have it: 2 great dishes that anyone can make in their free time. I, personally, enjoy the Taco Pie the best. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I would give this dish a 13. Then again, I am biased because this has been made numerous times before. Anyway, enjoy both of these and I will return tomorrow to fuel your hunger. Good night everyone!
Pictured above: 1.) Beef and Barley Casserole
2.) A layered version of Taco Pie