Monday, June 15, 2009

Cheesy Hamburger Hash

It is a beautiful day in the city! We ran some errands this morning and I finally picked up cherry tomato plants for my garden. After I finish this post I will eat lunch and then go get those babies in the ground.

One of our errands was to return some books to the library and sign up my daughter, J., for the summer reading program. The place was mobbed! Who knew kids really DO like to read?! haha! Each week the kids have to report on books they have read and they are entered in a raffle to win a book, then at the end if they have read 25 books they get a t-shirt. This years theme is Land Of Lincoln, which I personally think is pretty boring. Last year was Going Green about recycling and such, and was much more interesting for the kids.

I also made more of those Lemon Bars from Bakerella's blog. They are SO good! And so easy too. I had to have the oven on, but only for 40 minutes and it was still early so it was not hot out yet.

Anyhoo, I have some ground beef I need to use so I am going to make Cheesy Hamburger Hash. It is a stove-top meal - no oven! haha! I do not remember where I got this recipe and I haven't had it that long, maybe 5 or 6 years. My brain just does not work like it used to... >sigh<

1 lb. ground beef
2 tablespoons butter
1 bag frozen O'brien diced potatoes
1 can petite diced tomatoes with Italian herbs, undrained
2 tablespoons parsley
1/2 tablespoon garlic-pepper-salt
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

In a medium saucepan, brown ground beef and drain off fat.
Meanwhile in a large skillet, melt the butter then add the potatoes. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
To the potatoes, add in beef, tomatoes, and seasonings; stir well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir well, then pat mixture down. Sprinkle with cheese, cover, cook 5 more minutes.

You could buy regular diced tomatoes and add your own Italian seasonings, or use mozzarella cheese instead. A lot of times I have half used bags of different shredded cheeses in my fridge and I just use those to get rid of them. My husband really loves this dish. Tonight I will serve it with a big green salad.

Happy eating!


  1. Yum. Tomatoes. Do you think it's too late for me to plant tomato plants? Now you've got me thinking about growing some...if I can manage not to kill them.

    That Hash sounds like something my kids would enjoy. Will have to try it!

  2. The Hash sounds like a winnner! It's nice to have some recipes that don't require turning on the oven in the summer.

    I love growing cherry tomatoes. I haven't planted any, yet, this year, but I'm still planning to. There's nothing like going out to the garden, picking one and popping it in your mouth. So good!

  3. I don't think it's too late for tomatoes, as long as you start with a plant from the store, not seeds. And I help mine along with some Miracle Grow for the first few weeks too. By September the plants will be taller than me, at least they were last year.

    The hash is a great recipe because it is so versatile. Got some leftover veggies in the fridge? Throw them in! Got leftover mozzarella or cheddar? Use that! Got leftover breakfast potatoes? Use 'em up! LOL

  4. My family would definitely like the hamburger hash!

    Happy planting today! It's gorgeous here too.

  5. I love simple recipes like this especially when I have had a long day Thanks for the recipe