A few weeks ago while sitting at work I had a strange craving. It was a lunch I had remembered from elementary school. Hamburger gravy with mashed potatoes. I decided right then and there I had to have it for dinner. I looked up a recipe and found what I thought was a decent one on Allrecipes.com .
Needless to say, it was an epic fail. Not quite how I remembered it tasting back in the day. All I could envision was a hair netted lunch lady dancin’ round the school cafeteria singing into her wooden spoon MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This.”
It tasted horrible. I was so let down. Maybe it was just operator error?
Tonight I thought I’d give it another go. I tweaked it to my liking and it turned out and tasted just how I remembered it. It’s a savory hearty, but more importantly, easy meal after a long day at work. Whips up quickly and you can take short cuts thanks to the miracle of pre-made mashed potatoes and Pillsbury biscuits.
Ingredients: (Feeds 3-4)
1 lb of beef 80/20 fat content
1 10 oz. container Swanson’s beef stock
1 container Simply Potatoes Traditional mashed potatoes
1 small can Pillsbury Biscuits
Pillsbury All Purpose Flour 3-4 Tablespoons
1/4 Cup 2% milk
Salt, Pepper, Onion Salt
Directions: Brown hamburger in skillet. Salt and pepper to taste. Add Onion salt to your liking. Do not drain fat. Add 3-4 tablespoons flour until all juices are absorbed. Then add milk and beef stock. You can add stock to your liking until you get the consistency of gravy you want. Don’t add too much because you don’t want it watery. Then turn on low and let simmer for half hour.
Bake biscuits according to package directions and right before they are brown microwave mashed potatoes according to directions. Dish up and serve. The family will love this quick hearty meal. It’s a great comfort food. I think I gave the Lunch Lady a run for her money today.
This isn’t a meal for everyone. My boyfriend doesn’t really enjoy it, so I’ll make it when he’s not around. More for me! I often wonder what went wrong in his life that he doens’t like hamburger gravy.
***** Update: I also no longer use packaged or processed foods, (no judgement if you do) so I’ll take the extra time to make homemade mashed poatatoes and biscuits. Sometimes, I’ll just ladle it over some mashed potatoes.