Sunday, February 28, 2010

Preacher's Delight

This casserole is from the book Cook's Country Best Lost Suppers and it is delicious! I cut this recipe in half, but I will post it here in all it's full ingredient glory. It says it serves 6-8, but I think it would be more like 8-10. Like I said, I only made half and my husband and I each had 2 helpings and we had half the casserole left! Maybe we eat little portions?

1 - 12oz. pkg. egg noodles
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 onion, minced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 - 15oz. cans tomato sauce
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 - 8oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sour cream
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9 baking dish; set aside. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large Dutch oven. Add noodles and 1 tbsp. salt; cook, stirring often, until just shy of al dente. Drain noodles; set aside.
Wipe pot dry. Add oil to pot; return to medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and bell pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened (5-7 minutes). Add beef; increase heat to medium high and cook, breaking up any large clumps with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink (about 5 minutes). Stir in tomato sauce, sugar, 1 tsp. salt, and pepper. Bring to simmer; set aside off heat.
Mix cream cheese and sour cream together in a bowl. Spread half of meat sauce over bottom of prepared baking dish. Scatter noodles over sauce in an even layer. Drop dollops of cream cheese mixture on top of noodles; spread mixture into even thickness. Spoon remaining meat sauce over cream cheese mixture, sprinkle evenly with cheese.
Place baking dish on foil-lined rimmed baking sheet; bake until sauce is bubbling and top starts to brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

I used two separate pots for the meat and noodles (to cook simultaneously) so the meal was ready faster, and I also used more shredded cheese on top. We really liked this and the leftovers were fantastic - I will definitely make this again!

Awhile ago, my husband and I started a list of people we want to kick off the island. You know, people to who we would like to say "just go away, already" and it includes Paris Hilton, Heidi & Spencer Pratt, Rod Blagojevich, Drew Peterson, Kelly Ripa, Madonna, John Mayer, the entire cast of The Hills, Puff Daddy or P.Diddy or whatever he is calling himself these days, The Olsen twins, Miley Cyrus, The Kardashians, and Justin Timberlake. Today I would like to add Russell Brand and the entire cast of Jersey Shore. Who would you add to the list?

Happy eating!


  1. I've seen egg noodles come up a lot lately. I guess that's a sign that I have to try them out. This recipe looks great! I may have to go get me some egg noodles.

    Hmm...kicking off the island... how about Lovie Smith? I'm a huuuuuge Bears fan by the way.

  2. too cute with the list!! that recipe sounds good too; I think it could be good for a potluck, sounds like it would serve a lot of people

    hope you have a good week ahead


  3. That recipe sounds really good! I remember you mentioning it before and I had no clue what it was!

    Only one I would want to add is Kanye West...other than that, I think you covered it well! ;)

  4. This is a good sounding casserole!

    My husband and I are conservatives...we have a similar running conversation and they are quite a few people on our list right now too.

  5. Great recipe! I make something very simple, just ground beef, onions, mushroom soup and noodles. Family loves it!
    After watching 2 weeks of Olympics (which I loved) I would add Lindsay Von to your list. I felt that after winning her gold medal, she didn't care enough to win for her team, and she seems to be America's Sweetheart.

  6. The casserole sounds like something my Grandma used to make. I've never made it myself, but it sounds good!

    Who to kick off the island, without a doubt, Jennifer Aniston! I can't stand her! If I hear her called "America's Sweetheart" one more time, I think I'll throw up.

  7. Sounds really yummy!!! When I saw you had posted Preachers Delight I thought you were going to have posted a dessert (which I call dump cake with a can of pie filling in a 9 x 13 covered with a dry white cake mix and melted butter and baked). I've saw the dish called preachers delight on another site. It wasn't what I expected to see, but sounds wonderful no less :)