I love family history. I think knowing about my ancestors makes me more whole. It gives me a better idea of who I am and why I am me. My grandparents are now all deceased, but I have stories about their lives written in journals to help future generations know them. I also have recipes that they used. One of our all time family favorites is Hamburger Stew. My German great-grandmother was born in 1891 in Buffalo, NY. She served this to her children and the family says that her mother before her served it, too.
It is a very economical and filling dish. You only need one pound of hamburger, no matter how many people you are serving. You just increase the number of potatoes to fill the pot. It freezes well, so make more that you need and freeze the rest for a future meal. Just thaw in the fridge and warm up on the stove.
Great Granny's Hamburger Stew
Author: Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
- 1 pound hamburger
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 can peas
- 1 can corn
- 1 can green beans
- salt and pepper to taste
- Brown hamburger with chopped onion in a deep pot.
- This is the pot in which all the stew will eventually be made, so it should be a pretty big one.
- In another pot, boil as many potatoes and carrots as you have people to feed.
- When the vegetables are done, drain the water into the pot which contains the meat and onions.
- Bring to boil, scraping the cooked meat parts from the bottom of the pot.
- Thicken with a flour/water mixture until quite thick.
- Add 1 entire can peas, 1 can corn and 1 can green beans, including all juice in cans.
- Add potatoes and carrots.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
To make this gluten free, simply use a gf all-purpose flour as the thickener.