I am from and married a table counterpart who is from a meat and potato dinner family. No veggies are needed so long as there is a meat (preferably beef) and some type of starch (preferably potatoes). Knowing I am headed to visit extended family in a few weeks, I am trying out new recipes such as this Hamburger Potato Casserole. It had all the elements of need and little of excess such as veggies and even included two bonuses: a can of condensed soup and cheese. Perfect.
Condensed soups have their place in recipes, just not in mine. Other than soup, the only other modification made was to scale down the quantities to fit in a 9x9 baking dish.
Scaled for Likability: No Thank You
Memories of slop school lunches come to mind. Oh sure, potatoes were flavorful and held together well on the fork. Potato starch allowed the meat to thicken and there was not too much cheese. Sauce was creamy and bound the ingredients well, yet, there was just something missing. Even with beautiful bright green broccoli on the side to act as a boost, the dish was just not worthy!