Friday, December 21, 2012

Cooking with Food Storage: Homemade Cheeseburger Helper

This is a homemade version of the Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper that you can find in a box in the store.  In my opinion, this tastes better! Total cook time is about 20 to 30 minutes and it is so easy to make!

This meal is made in a similar way to the Beef Stroganoff I posted about here. While there are other Cheeseburger Helper recipes on the Internet, in our house we like it plain, so there isn't anything fancy in this dish. Here is the recipe:
  • 1 lb ground beef (This recipe tastes just as good if you use home canned or dehydrated ground beef too.)
  • 2 cups noodles (For this post, I used whole wheat noodles from the store.)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups milk (this is a great way to use and rotate powdered milk - reconstitute the powdered milk before adding to the skillet pan.)
  • 3/4 cup powdered cheddar cheese (I purchased mine a while ago, but I believe I ordered from here.)
  • Garlic and onion powder to taste
Cook or heat the ground beef (depending if you use fresh beef or canned or freezed-dried). Once the beef is ready, add the water and milk to the skillet. Then add the powdered cheddar cheese. Stir until the powdered cheese is mixed in well.

When the cheese powder is mixed in, stir in the noodles.  When the mixture comes to a boil, cover and reduce heat. Cook for approximately 10 minutes until the noodles are tender.

I stirred mine at about the half way point to make sure it wasn't burning.

When the noodles were done, I seasoned with garlic and onion powder. Then, I added a few handfuls of fresh cheddar cheese as a garnish on top.

Yum! Serve with green beans you canned from your garden and you have dinner!

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