Wintertime in the Midwest can be brutal, but coming in to a bubbling hot, delicious, hotdish recipe, you will quickly warm that inner soul. In my first hotdish article we learned that Minnesota began its tradition of recipes with a one recipe that they refer to as Plain Hotdish, a casserole here in Ohio we know as Goulash.
Let’s explore another great dish known as, Minnesota Wild Rice Hotdish. I must say I was totally impressed with this recipe, it’s simple, quick to put together, and best part was that I received all thumbs up on what this tasty dish delivered.
I have given you the recipes basics; you can improvise and add any ingredients beyond that, it’s always fun to make any dish your own. My two suggestions would be to add fresh or canned sliced mushrooms to the ground beef and onion while it’s browning, giving even more taste, and texture. If you decide to use canned mushrooms, rinse first and do not add any of the liquid used to pack the mushrooms originally. Secondly, simply add fresh or frozen peas to the sauce ingredients that you pour over the meat and onion mixture, I would not use canned peas with this particular recipe.
Minnesota Wild Rice is a perfect hotdish to take to any wintertime church and family gatherings, you can deliver this to a special neighbor, or an elderly friend who may be shut-in during the cold snap. Any time you have the ingredients on hand this dish is perfect to make ahead and freeze for your future enjoyment.
This hotdish is a perfect ten for me, and when sharing this recipe you will receive a standing ovation of praise!
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup carrots, medium sized pieces
- 1 cup wild rice, do rinse it thoroughly
- 3 Tbsp. soy sauce, any brand will do
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- In a large skillet brown together the ground beef and onions, drain off any excess grease
- Grease a 9×13 baking dish
- In the baking dish combine your carrots, celery, and wild rice. Next add in the onion and ground beef mixture.
- In a separate bowl combine the following: cold water, soy sauce, mushroom soup, cream chicken soup, and season with salt and pepper. Pour this mixture over the ingredients in the baking dish and stir, mixing well.
- Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes, give or take depending on your oven.
- Serve up with a fresh fruit, and hot bread.