In The Kitchen:Comfort casserole

Son's favorite is simple, delicious

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By Robin McDaniel
Blount Today

Sometimes a recipe just doesn’t sound good. My new theory, however, is to trust a good cook. Joy Stinnett has a reputation as a wonderful cook, so I never should have doubted this casserole that is a favorite of her son, Gary. While preparing it, however, I was a little skeptical. Green beans and tomato soup? I shouldn’t have doubted Joy. It is so very good.

Joy says this is a "comfort food" recipe, and it was so good and so simple to make that my husband, Kirk, and I have had it twice in the last week, and I baked one for my dad.

Gary Stinnett’s Favorite Casserole might turn up at pot lucks at First Baptist Church of Maryville. Gary is assistant pastor at First Baptist, and this is -- as it is named -- one of his favorites from his mother’s recipe box.

I had such good luck with this casserole that I promise to share more of Joy’s recipes in the future.

Gary Stinnett’s Favorite Casserole

1 lb. ground beef or chuck
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can tomato soup (do not dilute with water)
1 can green beans (15 oz), drained
1 heaping tsp. salt
Dash of pepper
Prepared mashed potatoes
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Brown and drain the ground beef or chuck with the chopped onion. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except the mashed potatoes and cheese. Add to the ground beef mixture.

Spoon into a 2-qt., greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

At 20 minutes, pull from oven and add several "dollops" of mashed potatoes to the top of the casserole, Sprinkle with
shredded cheese. Put back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes baking time.

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