Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hamburger Patty Crockpot Dinners

I must have hamburger patties on the brain. Saturday night I dreamed about hamburger patties. I dreamed I was cooking hamburger patties at work (and I work in an art center, not a restaurant... lol) and there were platters piled high with cooked hamburger patties. Tables and tables full. It was really random and weird.

So then Sunday morning I get a knock on my door. It was one of my neighbors asking if I wanted some hamburger patties they had left over from a fundraiser dinner the night before. They had been thawed out so they were trying to find people to help them use them up. Soooo crazy!!!

I wasn't really in a hamburger mood (maybe after dreaming about so many of them he he he), so I used the patties to make a couple of meals. I cooked the patties for these meals, but they would work great with leftover cooked hamburger patties from all those barbecues I'm sure you're throwing :)

Hamburger Patty Stroganoff
You know how sometimes you have the early afternoon free, but the hours right before dinner time are packed with this activity and that? This meal comes in handy because you prep it in the afternoon, but it only cooks for 2 hours in the crockpot :)

hamburger patties, cooked
can of cream of mushroom soup
1 c. water
1 T soy sauce
1 c. sour cream
egg noodles

Cook the egg noodles for about half the time directed on the package and drain. Place hamburger patties in the crockpot. Top with soup, water and soy sauce. Stir in the partially cooked noodles and make sure they're covered with liquid. If they aren't covered, add a bit more water. You can stir in sour cream at this time, but it will get kind of curdled. I don't really care because it still tastes fine, but if you want it to look prettier, don't add the sour cream until right before serving. Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2-2 hours. If you left the sour cream out, stir in before serving. Give each person a hamburger patty and top with noodles. My kids LOVE this dinner.

Hamburger Veggie Stew
My daughter said this is the best stew she has ever had. All three kids gobbled it up, so it must be good. It's also really simple and healthy. I broke up the raw hamburger patties and cooked them just for this meal, but it would be a great dinner to use up a couple of leftover grilled patties.

4 hamburger patties, cooked and broken up
4 potatoes, peeled and diced
2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
2 cans beef broth
2 c. water
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
salt & pepper

Place everything in the crockpot and cook on low until veggies are tender. Mine took about 6 hours.

Now I'm just hoping for no more weird food dreams... LOL


Anonymous said...

I wish I could dream about food and have people show up and give it to me! Because right now I'm dreaming about tomatoes.

I have a million green tomatoes but it isn't hot and they aren't getting ripe. Grrrrr.

Kelly said...

Yum, Angie! Also, I'm a sucker for ketchup smiley faces. :o)

Sonya said...

Awesome ideas!! Im going to try the soup out when it gets a bit cooler here.

Hey Marybt~ Im so wishing you lived in the netherlands by me..I have a ton of ripe tomatoes! LOL

gosh I too have been dreaming about food..but food from home,like ranch packets,mesquit marinade's amzing what you miss when you live away from home!

The American Homemaker said...

Caleb makes smileys every time he has a hamburger and of course he's like "take a picture, take a picture" because at our house 90% of the pics taken are of food... LOL

Woman Interrupted said...

Looks like they knocked on the right door to use up those hamburgers! You are so creative.

The Garden of Egan said...

Heck you should be dreaming of lobster or crab or something awesome like that!

Anonymous said...

good one ...thanks for sahring...

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