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Casserole Recipes from the MidWest

Updated on October 24, 2010

Midwesterners are neighborly people. Growing up in Ohio, everybody helped everybody else. Neighbors used to get together to welcome newcomers (ever since barn-raisin' days). Sometimes it was a party for our block, the start of school, end of Summer party or just a gathering of all good friends and neighbors.

Sometimes we set up tables and chairs in someone's garage or basement. Sometimes we had a square dance, where 4 couples were in each square and a caller would call out instructions of the dance.

Everyone would bring a casserole or salad or vegetable. Someone else would bring dessert. (We had some yummy desserts!) With everybody pitching in, it was light work for all.

So, get ready to do-si-do with your partner and swing your corner. (Square-dance talk)

White Hominy

Hominy Bake

Hominy is whole or ground hulled corn from which the bran and germ have been removed by bleaching the whole kernels in a lye bath (lye hominy)  or by crushing and sifting (pearl hominy).

White hominy is made from white corn kernels, and the sweeter yellow hominy is made from yellow. Either one can be used in this recipe. You can buy it in grocery stores with the canned vegetables.

Hominy Bake

1 1/2 lbs ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1/2 cup celery

salt, to taste

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

pinch of oregano

2-8 oz.cans tomato sauce

1 large can drained hominy

In skillet, brown ground beef with onion, celery, salt, pepper, garlic powder and oregano until ground beef loses its pink color. Add tomato sauce and hominy and turn into a 3-quart casserole dish. Bake, uncovered for 1 hour in a pre-heated 350 degree F. oven.

Velveeta-Almond Casserole

In skillet, brown:

1/2 lb. ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 rib celery, chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

Butter sides and bottom of baking dish. Cover bottom with cooked macaroni shells (about 2 cups) Cover with chunks of Velveeta cheese.(about 4 oz.)  Add meat mixture on top.

Add 1 can tomato soup, 1 can tomato sauce and 1 can water (tomato sauce can)

Add more Velveeta on top (about 4 oz). Stir.

Sprinkle slithered almonds (about 1/4 cup) on top and bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.

Serves approximately 4.

Barbequed Kraut

My mother-in-law loves to fix this casserole and serves it over mashed potatoes.

1 lb. ground beef

1 medium sized onion, chopped

1-16 oz can sauerkraut

2/3 cup brown sugar

1-15 oz. can tomato sauce

Brown ground beef and onion in skillet. Drain "kraut" and add to meat mixture. Place in casserole and mix in brown sugar and tomato sauce.

Bake in 350 degree F oven for 1 hour. Serve over mashed potatoes. Delicious!

Scalloped Oysters

These are melt-in-your-mouth oysters. Recipe from my step-mom Pat, who is a terrific cook!

1 pint shucked oysters (Select or Large)

1/2 to 3/4 cup half and half

3 cups soft bread crumbs

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons celery seed

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Arrange oysters with liquid in a greased baking dish. Pour about 1/2 the cream over oysters. Mix remaining ingredients and sprinkle over oysters. Top with remaining cream. Liquid should be covering oysters about 3/4 of the way up.

Bake uncovered at 375 degrees F for 30-40 minutes


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    • judydianne profile image

      judydianne 7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thank you so much, Nifty, and for stopping by.

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      nifty@50 7 years ago

      Very informative! Keep up the great hubs JUDYDIANNE!