Mountain Greenery Casserole

17 Jun

In 1962 Helen Gurley Brown published “Sex and the Single Girl.” It encouraged women to be independent, financially as well as, um, in other areas. It was shocking for its time, and promptly sold two million copies in three weeks. The success of the book led to Helen Gurley Brown being appointed editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine in 1965. In 1969, Gurly Brown followed up “Sex and the Single Girl” with “The Single Girl’s Cookbook.”

My aunt was a single girl in the Sixties. She also didn’t like to cook.”The Single Girl’s Cookbook” was as much a part of her culinary arsenal as Peg Bracken’s “I Hate To Cook Book.” Last night I made the Mountain Greenery Casserole from “The Single Girl’s Cookbook.”

    Mountain Greenery Casserole
    4 to 6 servings

    1 to 1-1/2 pounds beef shoulder or chuck, ground
    1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried thyme
    1 teaspoon salt
    Dash of pepper
    3/4 cup half and half or light cream
    3 cups mashed cooked potatoes (instant or regular)
    2 tablespoons butter
    1/4 cup sherry
    Greenery topping (see below)

    Brown meat in an ungreased frying pan over moderate heat, stirring often, until the red is gone. Add thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add 1/2 cup of half and half, and set aside.

    If you are using instant mashed potatoes, fix them according to package directions. Add to them the remaining 1/4 cup half and half, butter, sherry, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and beat well (if you are making mashed potatoes from scratch, add these to the potatoes while you’re making them – TMM).

    Grease a casserole. Spread half the potatoes on the bottom. Cover with meat mixture and add the rest of the potatoes. Bake, uncovered, in a moderate oven (350 degrees F) for 15-20 minutes. At serving time spread greenery topping over casserole. That’s the “mountain greenery,” and very pretty.

    Greenery Topping

    1/2 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup chopped green onions
    1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

    Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use. This can be used as a topping on other hot or cold dishes.

Basically, the Mountain Greenery Casserole is like shepherd’s pie with a sour cream and green onion topping. I thought the topping might be weird but it was delicious. It’s like putting sour cream on a baked potato. I was lazy so I used instant potatoes. I also omitted the sherry because I didn’t have any. Hey, maybe I’m a single girl who hates to cook too. My final opinion? This dish is another winner that I’m going to add to my casserole repertoire.

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One Response to “Mountain Greenery Casserole”

  1. Stacey June 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Look delicious! But then again how can you go wrong with potatoes, butter and cream! Now-a-days a single girl that can cook… doesn’t stay single for long… or a least some hungry guy will try to snag her HA HA! 🙂

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