Friday, August 19, 2016

Homemade Hamburger Helper

This is another recipe that dates back to my childhood, growing up in Germantown, Ohio in the late 80s. This is the cheapest recipe I've posted so far, consisting of rice, beef, some onion, and bouillon. You can make it for about a dollar a serving, assuming you already have white rice in the house, which most people do.  

Skillet Beef Pilaf
Serves 4

1 small onion minced
1 Tbsp oil
1/2 lb hamburger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup uncooked rice
2 cups beef broth or bouillon
Grated parmesan

In deep skillet, saute onion in oil until tender.  Add hamburger and cook.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add rice.  Cook and stir until rice looks translucent but not brown, about 3-4 minutes.  Add 1/2 cup of broth.  Cook and stir until broth is absorbed.  Add the rest of the broth; cover and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.  Top with parmesan cheese. 
A Note from Bethany...
I often have to simmer this recipe about 10 minutes longer to absorb all of the broth.