The Weekend Gourmet: Retro Recipes #SundaySupper...Featuring Lightened Hamburger-Corn Casserole F

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Retro Recipes #SundaySupper...Featuring Lightened Hamburger-Corn Casserole

This week, our #SundaySupper is looking back on our favorite retro foods. When I think retro, I get nostalgic and think of circa-1970s Wendy in my orange mini dress with white polka dots, matching tights, and white go-go boots…I was one styling first grader! The kind of food we ate back then included jello salads, deviled eggs, and casseroles. Lots of casseroles. Some retro foods have stood the test of time: deviled eggs and green bean casserole are now considered timeless classics. Other retro favorites have been discarded as the next big food trend came along. Casseroles made with canned soup are very retro to me…I don’t make many of them these days, but they always remind me of my childhood. I haven’t had today's dish in years, but my Mom used to make a Hamburger-Corn Casserole when I was a kid, and I loved it. 

I’m definitely old enough for my childhood to be considered a retro era, so I decided to make this casserole for this week’s #SundaySupper. Mom's original recipe has canned cream of mushroom soup, hamburger, and egg noodles. We’re cutting back on fat and calories where we can post-holiday, so I decided to lighten this recipe up a bit. I used 98% fat-free cream of mushroom, 93% lean ground turkey, and fat-free Greek yogurt in place of the second can of soup My Mom always topped this casserole with cubes of buttered bread that toasted as the casserole baked. I opted to use panko breadcrumbs tossed with a smidge of olive oil and some seasoning to keep the crunch and use a healthier fat. This dish is pure nostalgic comfort…without the excess calories that my adult self doesn’t need!

Lightened Hamburger-Corn Casserole
adapted from Mary Wofford aka My Mama

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 and cook 3 cups of egg noodles. While the noodles cook, make the base of the casserole. Add 1 lb. lean ground turkey, fresh ground pepper, and 1 tsp. garlic salt to large high-topped saute pan. Cook over med-high heat until the meat is browned. Then add: 3/4 cup chopped onion, 1 beef bouillon cube, and about 1/3 cup of water. The bouillon cube is my secret ingredient when replacing ground beef with turkey...it adds a bit of beef flavor to the dish!


Step 2: Add the following ingredients to the cooked meat: 1 can 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup frozen corn kernels, and 1 8-ounce container of fat-free Greek yogurt. Stir well to combine and cook over medium heat until the corn has cooked through -- about 5 minutes. Add the cooked egg noodles and stir well to combine.


Step 3: Combine the following ingredients in a small bowl: 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, 1 tsp. garlic salt, 1 tsp. dried parsley, and 1-2 tbs. olive oil. Stir well, until evenly combined. Spoon the casserole into an 8x8 or 9x9 square baking dish, then top with the panko mixture. Bake the casserole for 15-20 minutes, until the panko mixture is golden-brown. 

One bite of this dish immediately took me back to my childhood…crunchy topping, a creamy sauce, and comforting corn and egg noodles. I couldn’t tell that this was lower in fat and calories, which is always a plus. Healthy is good, but it’s gotta taste good! This dish is reminiscent of the childhood classic Hamburger Helper, with much fewer preservatives. I knew exactly what I was putting into it, and it had a much fresher taste. I’m thinking that kids…of all ages…would love this dish. Michael and I both enjoyed it…it’s not gourmet, but sometimes a homey casserole is just what you want! Orange and white polka-dot mini dress is optional ;)!

Be sure to join us for a #SundaySupper retro foods Twitter chat this evening at 600CST. In the meantime, look at all the fun retro recipes my fellow #SundaySupper bloggers are sharing. We’ve got everything from retro appetizers to retro desserts. May some of these dishes look familiar to you?


Sunday Supper Retro Appetizers:
Sunday Supper Retro Salads:
Sunday Supper Retro Breads and Sandwiches:
SundaySupper Main Dishes:
Sunday Supper Retro Sides and Veggies:
Sunday Supper Retro Desserts and Cocktails:





27 comments:

  1. I think my comments section is working now...sorry for any technical glitches earlier!

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  2. I love casseroles and this one looks fabulous. I will have to give it a try!!

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    1. My husband really likes them too...I like that they only dirty one pan for a complete meal! King Ranch Chicken is one of my favorites, and I almost made it this week. Then, I got a taste for this casserole...

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  3. Casseroles were a staple in my house growing up. This lightened up version looks delicious!

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    1. It was pretty good...perfect for a weeknight dinner AND pretty kid-friendly.

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  4. Mmmmm...looks delicious! Similar ingred to shepherd's pie my sister makes, but with noodles! YUM!

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    1. It's really quick to make -- the noodles cook while the meat sauce is coming together. When it goes in the oven, you've got time to toss up a quick salad for the side.

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  5. Casseroles - definitely about as retro as you get! :)

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    1. For sure...we ate quite a few of them growing up, so I do enjoy them to this day. Not all the time, but when I get in the mood for something homey!

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  6. What a great take on this casserole. Cream of mushroom soup must have been used in so many casseroles then! Great comfort meal!!

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    1. Yes...cream of chicken and cream of mushroom are standard casserole ingredients. I try to limit processed foods, so I don't make these kinds of casseroles that often.

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  7. I love that this is your Mama's recipe. It looks hearty and delicious.

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    1. It is pretty hearty...but the lighter ingredients help make it not be overly heavy.

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  8. I'm really enjoying all these retro recipes this week. Although I was born in New York, I grew up with European parents, so most of these dishes I'd only heard and read about. You casserole (and your mom's) looks quite appealing to me! :)

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    1. Casseroles area busy mom's best friend...and kids seem to really love them.

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  9. I love that you "lightened" it up! I also love ANY casserole out their, I can see how this one would bring you "back!!"

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    1. Casseroles are great...one dish dinner in one!

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    1. It's easy to make and tasty...can't ask for more than that on a busy weeknight!!

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  11. All I can say is, YUM YUM YUM! Wonderful recipe from your mother. Can she do some Italian Food? If she can, can you do some post of it, I really love to try them.

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    1. She makes spaghetti, but that's about it...I do have some pasta dishes on here, though. Just do a search in the recipe archives!

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    2. Oh great, thanks for the quick response. By the way the recipe of your mother is really great ^^

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  12. I haven´t made a casserole or used cream of mushroom in years, but there are some recipes that I would still like. It looks comforting and great that you lightened it up!

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  13. ohmahgaw I love this! Every component in this casserole looks delicious and it's awesome that you were able to lighten it up without losing any of the taste or nostalgia. Casseroles and I are good friends - they're so easy to make and will provide me with several meals. This one is going onto my must-make list.

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  14. Wendy, this Casserole really looks delicious! Thank you so much for the step by step pictures and explanation. I will definitely will try this great recipe of your mom.

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  15. A healthy recipe to start the day. Love your photo. It's absolutely stunning! Looking forward to try them.

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  16. I haven't made a good casserole in so long and this one has me licking my lips. I love that you found a way to lighten up such a classic dish.

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