Last night my mom showed me how to make a favorite recipe of hers and my dad’s.
It’s called Chuckwagon Dinner. It’s oh so lazy, has less than five ingredients, and when you make it you feel like you’re down home on the prairie under the stars at night… are big and bright *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* deep in the heart of Texas!
Oh sorry, Texas song moment.
Those may creep in every once in a while while I’m here. I apologize in advance.
Now, in this recipe there is cornbread involved (like any good Texas recipe should. *wink*) and the cornbread is the topping.
Now, if you are Southern, then you know that the absolute tee-total BEST way to make cornbread is in a cast iron skillet. And no one makes cast iron better than Lodge Cast Iron.
In fact, they are the only American made cast iron company and, boy howdy, do they crank out the cast iron.
So, first things first. Break out your cast iron skillet for this recipe. It will make this dinner feel even more Texas-like.
It would also help if you put on some cowboy boots, swing your partner do-si-do, and let out a good, “Yeeeee-HAW!” while you are cooking this dinner.
Or just put on some morally conflicted country music. Either way is good.
Now that we’ve set the mood of this recipe, let’s get to it, shall we?
1 pound ground beef
1 jar of spaghetti sauce (any kind you like around 26 ounces)
1 box of jiffy cornbread
In your cast iron skillet brown your ground beef. (Okay, okay, if you don’t have one, a regular skillet is fine *sigh* just make sure it’s about 2 inches deep.)
While your beef is browning, make the cornbread batter according to package directions using the milk and eggs. Or just get your daughter to make it.
Once your beef is browned, drain the grease. Or do like my mom does and just take a paper towel and sop it up. Lazy Mom TEXAS style!
Salt and pepper the beef to taste and pour in your jar of spaghetti sauce (you can always add more than one jar if you would like it saucier).
Now at this point you can add in some optional ingredients… corn or black beans come to mind. You can also put a layer of cheese on top of the beef mixture (don’t stir it in like you would with the corn or beans).
So, do the optional things or just leave the beef with spaghetti sauce as is, and pour the cornbread batter over the top.
Level out the cornbread with the back of your spoon. Then pop it in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until knife inserted comes clean.
Then smother that bad boy in cheese if you’re that kind of person.
Serve with a tossed salad or a side of green beans and BAM! Dinner’s done. Lazy Mom TEXAS style.
Disclosure: Lodge Cast Iron provided me with a Combo Cooker to showcase some of my Lazy Mom Texas Recipes in during my trip. No other compensation was received and all opinions about their cookware are my own.
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