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This might as well be titled, "Mom's Hodge-podge Home-made Hamburger Helper." Although I seldom cook with hamburger, this is a wonderful example of how mom taught us how to improvise, adapt, and experiment to the nth! This one's being added for posterity! The next time I pour in a cup of salsa because I'm out of tomatoes, I'll think of mom and blow her a kiss. MUAH!
- Salt skillet. Brown desired amont of hamburger. Push meat aside and add 1 to 2 tablespoon flour to remaining grease. When it forms a paste, add desired amount of milk to make a gravy. Season with salt and pepper. At this point, it can be served on toast, mashed potatoes, noodles, rice, etc.
- HOWEVER, this can be a take off point to several directions. Other ingredients an be added along the way. Celery, onion, mushrooms, left-overs of various kinds (vegetables, soups, even other meats, etc.) Also, sometimes I simply add half a package of dry onion soup mix after the hamburger fries; doesn't need any other seasoning. One time I found a cup of cooked rice to add. Another time I found a half can of cream of mushroom soup, another time a cup of left-over cream of potato soup.
I added the onion soup and it was delicious!