Hamburger Chow Mein

"This has been a long time family and kid friendly favorite for 40 plus years. I never knew what brown gravy sauce was or could I find it so have always used molasses. The recipe also works well on a camping menu. I have made this many, many times on a Coleman stove. Prep time is approximate. ENJOY..!! :)"
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  • Saute meat and onion in a small amount of butter or vegetable oil until meat is brown and no longer pink.
  • Add salt, pepper, celery and water; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add bean sprouts.
  • Blend cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water and add soy sauce, sugar and brown gravy sauce.
  • Stir into meat mixture and heat until thickened.
  • Serve over Chow Mein Noodles.
  • VARIATION: Omit hamburger and use leftover pork roast cut into bite size pieces along with leftover gravy. Canned sliced water chestnuts and/or a can of baby corn is a lovely addition as well.
  • NOTE: This may also be served over linguine instead of Chow Mein Noodles as in Lo Mein.

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  1. Terrific!! I did it a little differently. I stir-fried the onion and celery until it was crisp tender. Added previously browned ground beef. Used 2 cups water and 4 tablespoons cornstarch, oyster sauce and soy sauce and seasoned to taste. Also used 1 can bean sprouts and 1 can fancy Chinese vegetables (LaChoy brand) which I drained. It is absolutely delicious! My mom used to make something like this back in the 60's. I never got her recipe and it makes me very happy to re-create a dish from my childhood. (Mom wouldn't have known what oyster sauce was though, as we had never heard of such things). LtlPhyl #2, thanks for the recipe! It's a real keeper and worthy of 10 stars. Cheap, filling and really easy to make!
  2. My mother in law used to make a similar dish and I have been on the hunt for a replacement for my hubby. He thinks this is the closest recipe I have tried so SUCCESS. =) I only used one can of bean sprouts, added a can of sliced water chestnuts (drained), and 2/3 cup of peas and carrots. I also reduced the salt in half. He was very happy with his blast from his mom's kitchen and I enjoyed being able to make it for him. Made for Spring '09 Pick A Chef.



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