Tastes Like Roast and Veggies

It uses hamburger instead of roast beef, but the veggies taste like they have been roasting for hours. It is much cheaper and is easy.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. hamburger or more if you want
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs, or crushed cold cereal or oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 egg
  • 4 large potatoes peeled and cut into wedges
  • 4 large carrots sliced
  • 4 celery stalks cut into about 3 inch pieces
  • 1 onion peeled and quartered
  • sprinkles of Italian seasoning
  • bay leaf (3)
  • thyme 3 shakes
  • seasoned salt
  • 1 cup water and more as needed
  • 2 cups mushrooms sliced (opt.)
  • 2 bell peppers cleaned and cut into 1 inch squares (opt.)

Directions:

Mix the first 4 ingredients and form meatballs, whatever size you prefer. Brown in large enough pan to hold all of this stuff. Drain if you are using the cheapest hamburger; otherwise leave the grease in the pan.

Add the next 4 ingredients and the spices and about a cup of water. Let it cook on low for about an hour, keeping the level of water about 1 inch in the pan. During the last part of the cooking time you can let the water level go down. If you keep it up you have a little sauce or you get a more roasted effect if you let the water level go down.

Add the last two ingredients if you have them and let it cook for about 10 minutes more. Then serve. You can use any veggies that you have on hand. In fact turnips go great in this as well as rutabaga and other root vegetables. I just used the traditional ones because it was the taste I was looking for.

Servings: 4-6 large
Time:20 Minutes Preparation Time
60 to 70 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: We were going through tough times financially and I was craving post roast and veggies. Roast was very expensive at the time, so I came up with this recipe.

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By Jeanette from Sacramento, CA

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