Poor man’s casserole

Growing up, I loved it when I was informed that we were having Poor Man’s Casserole for dinner. It was such a basic meal, but it was rather stodgy and really yummy. It never would have been named as a favourite food, but it never would have been on my ‘don’t like’ list either.

So, when I looked in the cupboards and realised that I had everything I needed to make the dish for tonight’s dinner, I was excited at the prospect of enjoying a meal from childhood. But I’ve renamed it to fit my circumstances better. Instead of Poor Man’s Casserole, I’m calling it Starving Student’s Stodge. Because, well, I’m a starving student on a budget. And I like stodge.

For your own budgeting purposes, the meal can be made for less than £5 (if you buy the cheap beef and generic/store brand beans) and will serve 4-6 people. So, around £1 per serving. Of course, I splurged on better quality beef with a lower fat content, so mine was a bit more than that. (Yes, no matter how tight my budget, I always opt for the better cuts of meat!)

Wanna make it at home? Here’s how!

Starving Student’s Stodge

  • 2-3 raw potatoes
  • 1 small sliced onion
  • 1 pound ground beef (UK: Minced beef)
  • 2 tins pork-n-beans (UK: Baked beans)
  • Salt and pepper as desired

Layer sliced, raw potatoes on the bottom of a casserole dish; place sliced onion on top. Press ground beef (uncooked) over potatoes and onion. Salt and pepper as desired (I omit these). Pour beans over beef. Cover and bake in 350°f (175°c) oven for 1.5 hours.

My parents also added a tin of condensed tomato soup on top, but I omit that part. Also, I’ve considered layering some fresh tomatoes, peppers, or mushrooms in with the onion, but I’m not that posh!

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5 thoughts on “Poor man’s casserole

  1. I love Poor Man’s Casserole! I have even thought of making it recently, and now it will have to go on my menu for sure after seeing the picture. And I might just try adding some red pepper slices to it … just for fun. 🙂

  2. I prefer the reference to ‘poor’ rather than ‘starving’ as I hate to think you are starving, really. When I was in college, (not in dorms, but when I moved out on my own) I referred to myself as a ‘poor starving college student.’ I am trying to get Carson to embrace that moniker (and live on the cheap) but someone keeps sending him money, so he is never without. I truely believe that going without teaches a wonderful life lesson and builds good character-after all, look at MY character.
    Miss you, gorgeous!

    • Don’t worry–I’m far from starving! But I really do think learning to cook on a tight budget is a good life lesson. Not only because it gives you the survival skills you may one day need, but because it will enable you to empathise/sympathise with people who truly are poor and struggling!

      I miss you, too! xx

  3. Avie was just looking for this recipe to share with her after school program. She kept calling it Old man casserole. Thanks for posting it.

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