Hamburger, Potatato and Green Bean Casserole

Hamburger potato and green bean casserole

Hamburger, Potato and Green Bean Casserole
Adapted from my husband’s Aunt Shirley’s recipe
1  pound of fried and drained ground beef
1/2 – onion, diced and fried till caramelized
1 – package tater tots (32 oz) OR whole box of  made up mashed potatoes (or 2 1/2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes)
1/2 – 8 oz container sour cream plus 1/4 cup milk to thin sour cream

1 can  Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cans green beans, drained
1  cup grated sharp cheddar cheese 

1/2 small can French Fried Onions OR buttered, dry bread crumbs for topping
1/4 teaspoon paprika
cracked pepper, to taste
Lawry’s or Johnny’s season salt, to taste

You can make your own bread crumbs by crumbling up a piece of bread….add 1/2 Tablespoon butter, mash it together and put it on top of your hamburger and potato and green bean casserole….easy and inexpensive bread crumbs! 
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This is a yummy and easy recipe. It is great to use when you have leftover mashed potatoes from a previous big dinner.  I think it is great with Tator Tots too, as they add a little more crispy texture.  But both taste great. 

Normally I’d use a sweet, yellow onion, (like a Vidalia)  but I only had a purple one today….so I used it up!  Start with your golden, caramelized onion…..
Then, Brown your ground beef and drain the grease….then add back in the caramelized onion pieces…
Leftover mashed potatoes make this recipe a great way to use them up….. 

I like the French Style green beans but either will do fine. 

Brown ground beef and diced onions, Drain. Pour ground beef & onion mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Add the green beans. In a separate bowl mix together the soup, sour cream (and a little milk to mix it up) and add pepper and seasonings to taste.

This is the bread crumbs for topping, the golden fried onions are a good crunch topping too for your hamburger potato green bean casserole. 

Pour the soup mixture over on top of the ground beef and green beans layer, spread evenly. Top with tater tots or mashed potatoes, sprinkle grated cheese over the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees  for about 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and edges are golden brown. 

Add a salad and some hot rolls and you’ve got an easy meal! Kids love it too because it’s simple food. Simple and yummy Hanburger potato and green bean casserole. 
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