This updated take on my grandma's hamburger stew is served in a bread bowl. Ground beef and fresh vegetables in a thick savory broth makes this stew a hearty and comforting meal.
My mother did all of the cooking in our home when I was growing up. With five children, if she wasn’t cooking, she was cleaning, and if she wasn’t cleaning, she was cooking. In the summer when all of us children were home from school, my mom would cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, every day, seven days a week, week after week. It seemed that as soon as the breakfast dishes were cleaned and put away, she would start to prep lunch, and as soon as lunch was cleaned up, she would prep supper. I helped her here and there in the kitchen, but I never learned how to make any dish in its entirety. That is until hamburger stew came along. Ironically, it was not my mother who taught me how to make it, but my grandmother. She spent a little time alone with us when my parents were in the hospital awaiting my baby sister’s birth. Grandmother showed me how to make hamburger stew from beginning to end. This dish has sentimental value to me because it was the first complete dish I learned how cook, and every time I make it, I think about my grandmother who has long passed.
I changed her recipe a little bit over the years. Grandmother used canned vegetables and I use fresh whenever possible. One thing I like to keep the same is the seasoning. She used Maggi Seasoning, and I love the stuff! But I can’t always find it in the grocery store, and when I can’t find it, soy sauce is a perfect substitute. Grandmother also didn’t serve our hamburger stew in a bread bowl. She served it with rice, which is how I usually have it. Her broth was thin, but when I serve it in a bread bowl, I thicken it up to prevent all the juices from getting the bread too soggy.
This is truly a hearty bowl of comfort. It is perfect supper after a long hard day of work, or school, or play. May it leave you feeling nurtured and satisfied as it does me. Make this for you and your loved ones and be well.
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