Thursday, 20 January 2011

7 Happiness Beef and Rice

From Peg Bracken's Compleat I Hate to Cook Book (1986, but the original books came out in the 60s)

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked rice
minced beef
stuffed olives, sliced
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1 1/2 cups boiling water
Grated cheese

Crumble the mince into a big bowl. Add everything but the cheese and mix. Pour into a loaf tin and bake for an hour at 350F. Reduce heat and bake another hour. Half an hour before serving, sprinkle on the grated cheese.

Peg has seven reasons for cooking this dish:

1. It is meat and starch combined.
2. Neither has to be cooked first.
3. Everything goes together at once.
4. Very young people and very old people like it and the others don't mind it much.
5. The amount of meat depends on what's there.
6. Odds and ends of veg can go into it.
7. Thought it looks like dogfood when it goes into the oven it doesn't when it comes out.

(You could put some sliced tomatoes on the top, too.)

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