Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by American Family Insurance. All opinions are my own.
This week, the Sunday Supper Team is joining up in the first of a series of events with American Family Insurance to gather around the #FamilyDinnerTable with some of our favorite childhood recipes. I updated one of the dinners that my mom used to make all the time, and one of the first things I learned to cook – Beef & Potato Skillet Supper.
Just like my mom always did, I make eating meals together around the kitchen table a priority in my family. I actually learned to cook, starting with very simple meals, so that on days when she was going to be late, then dinner would be ready so that we could all eat together at a reasonable time. This is so important to me that even though The Hubby doesn’t get home from work until 6:30, we still all eat dinner together. It is at this time that we catch up on our day, and how we teach our kids the patience to sit through a meal, table manners, and about eating a wide variety of foods, not a special “kids’ meal”. We started sitting The Bug at the table with us before he even ate solid food, and now Baby Smiles sits in his high chair and plays at the table as the three of us eat.
With as busy as families are these days, I know how hard this can be. I’ve told you before about my “back pocket meals” – meals I can make quickly, don’t really need a recipe, and usually have most of the ingredients on hand. This is a great strategy for being able to eat a home cooked meal together.
Beef & Potato Skillet Supper was one of my mom’s back pocket meals. Of course, like many moms from that time period, she had a whole array of meals she could make from a pound of ground beef and some canned soup. This was one of them – brown some ground beef, add a can of cream of mushroom soup, a can of cheddar cheese soup, and a can of sliced white potatoes, then enough water to get it to the right consistency. Obviously something that, even as a kid, I could manage on my own.
I updated it to replace the canned soups and veggies with fresh potatoes and mushrooms, and Greek yogurt and cheddar cheese. It may take a few minutes longer, but it still came together quickly, and is certainly a lot more nutritious, while still being as hearty and comforting as I remember.
The Hubby and The Bug both devoured it, and I savored each bite reminiscing about eating it as a kid with my mom. It definitely brought back flavors and memories of childhood. It may not be the prettiest meal I’ve ever made, but it was seriously delicious. I can see this becoming part of our regular rotation just like when I was a kid, and it is the perfect type of meal to satisfy two growing boys (and a hungry hubby).
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And check out all of the other #SundaySupper childhood favorites at the bottom of this post.
What is your favorite meal from your childhood?
- 1 T olive oil
- one medium onion or half of a large onion, chopped
- oz. mushrooms, sliced (I used baby bellas, but white mushrooms would be fine, also)
- 1 lb white potatoes, sliced about ¼ in. thick (peeled, if desired)
- 1¼ - 1½ lb ground beef
- ½ t garlic powder
- 1 t paprika
- 1 t dry mustard
- 1½ c chicken broth
- 1 c plain Greek yogurt (I used nonfat Chobani)
- 2 c (about 8 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese (I used Cabot Light Sharp Cheddar)
- 2 T cornstarch
- ¼ c water
- salt and pepper
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat, add the onions, and cook 2-3 minutes,or until starting to soften and turn translucent.
- Add potatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper, and saute for 4-5 minutes to start to cook and slightly brown the potatoes.
- Add the mushrooms and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until mushrooms are softened.
- Remove the contents of the skillet to a bowl and set aside.
- Return the skillet to medium heat and add the ground beef, a pinch of salt and pepper, and garlic powder.
- Cook until the ground beef is fully coked through and browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Drain any excess grease from the pan.
- Add the potato mixture back to the skillet with the gorund beef, and add paprika, dry mustard, and chicken broth, cover and simmer 5-10 minutes, or until the potatoes have softened.
- Add Greek yogurt and cheddar cheese, and stir until combined and cheese has completely melted.
- Slurry the cornstarch in the water and add to the skillet.
- Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened and heated through.
- Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
Here are favorite childhood meals by Sunday Supper bloggers. Please take the time to visit each one and read the stories behind what makes them special:
- Asian Short Rib Tacos with Pineapple & Crunchy Slaw by Foxes Loves Lemons
- Barbecue Chicken Pizza by In The Kitchen With KP
- Beef & Potato Skillet Supper by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Braised Pork Chops and Sauerkraut by kimchi MOM
- Chicken a la King by Juanita’s Cocina
- Chicken and Dumplings by Country Girl In The Village
- Chicken Crescent Squares by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Family Fave Lasagne by NinjaBaking.com
- Gluten Free Peppered Steak by No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Greek Meatballs (Soutzoukakia) by Supper For A Steal
- Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Casserole by girlichef
- Hungarian Goulash by The Foodie Army Wife
- Linguine with fresh Tomatoes and Basil by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Meatloaf by Magnolia Days
- Peixe Asado no Forno | Fish Baked in the Oven by Family Foodie
- Pierogies by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Sour Cream Coffee Cake by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Straw and Hay Pasta by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Swiss Steak by Curious Cuisiniere
- Veggie Mac and Cheese by Hip Foodie Mom
And here are some of my other back pocket meals…