Mock Chow Mein Hot Dish
My kids grew up eating this and absolutely love it. They are now serving it to their own families. It's one of my "comfort foods".
- Ready In:
- 1hr 45mins
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground beef
- 3⁄4 cup uncooked rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cups celery, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 bag chow mein noodles
- Cook ground beef until brown.
- Add onion and celery, cook until almost tender.
- Add remaining ingredients except chow mein noodles.
- Put into a two quart casserole dish.
- Cover and bake at 350 degrees for one hour and fifteen minutes.
- Uncover and layer with chow mein noodles.
- Return to oven, uncovered and bake until noodles are brown, about 15 minutes.
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The recipe is fine but a bit incomplete. For the real Minnesota Lutheran deal you need to add a tad more soy sauce ('bland' is no insult in the midwest, but 'too bland' is), plus canned sliced water chestnuts. (I've also seen it done with some canned bean sprouts tossed in.) This hot dish was ubiquitous at every church 'potluck' dinner I attended as a kid. My mom always brought tomato sauced casseroles, but 2 or 3 ladies could always be relied upon to bring a 'chow mein hot dish' like the one featured here.2Reply
I first had this when I was in school, in Isle, MN, from 6th through 12th,I am 65 by the way, it was one of my favorite hot lunches. When I married I wanted it for my family and by hit and miss I redid the recipe at home and it didn't take too long and I was able to capture it. Brings back some great memoriesReply
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