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Hamburger Buddy

September/October 2007, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the food processor is not only fast—it makes the vegetables hard to detect for picky eaters. They also form the base for the sauce of this ground beef skillet supper. Make it a meal: Serve with a green salad.



READER'S COMMENT:
"Total comfort food! I've made this dish several times now. My partner actually requests it! My modifications were based upon many suggested by other reviewers: Chop and shred your veggies for the texture, splash of red wine added...

151 Reviews for Hamburger Buddy

04/07/2010

This recipe is a good starting point, but it does need to be kicked up a bit to enhance the flavor. I added two tablespoons tomato paste to the 2 cups water, upped the worchestershire a bit, and threw in a bay leaf during the simmer. Then I stirred in a tablespoon of creamy horseradish instead of sour cream to finish. Great flavor. Definitely make sure your beef is nice and brown and the veggies have started to sweat before adding liquids, or it will come out bland everytime.

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03/29/2010
Anonymous

Very easy to make, tasted good not great. I will probably doctor it up a little next time. Good starting point.

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03/25/2010

I made this recipe tonight for the family and my husband and I thought it was very good. I wouldn't say it was bland at all. It has a nice mild mushroom and thyme flavor. I did add a little extra salt and pepper at the table. Also, while cooking the dish covered, it looked a lot like soup and I got a little nervous. So I took the cover off the pot for the last two minutes and let some liquid evaporate which really helped.
Definitely will make this again!

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03/23/2010
Anonymous

Made this for the family yesterday...the only thing I did different was to us ground turkey (that was what I had on hand). I did season it heavily because many people said they though it was bland....this was a hit in my house and was definately not bland. My Husband, 5 year old and 3 year old ate and enjoyed it. I loved that large amount of food this yeilded (enough for leftover night) and that it was so hearty. I have never eaten hamburger helper so I don't know how it compares but we liked it very much.

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02/23/2010
Anonymous

Just made this for dh and myself. I did not put the veg in a food processer. I diced them instead. So my cooking time was longer. Others said it was bland so I just added seasoning to taste. Oregano instead of thyme and added a splash of red wine. I think I added to much worchestershire but we still enjoyed it very much. I sprinkled a little cheese on top (because I can't help myself). Now I am off to try and not eat the other half of the pot! Oh I forgot..I didn't use the 2 cups water, I used all broth instead. Probably why mine was not bland.

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