Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Molly Brown Casserole

Comfort food from my childhood and a perennial top choice for my own children's birthday dinners.  A mid-20th century take on lasagna -- this mildly tangy casserole is easy to make and easy to like.  When I can't find crinkly noodles, I use mini lasagna noodles or even regular lasagna broken in pieces or, in a pinch, egg noodles.  But the pasta's ruffled edge is part of the pleasure of this dish and worth looking for.

In lightly salted boiling water, cook
1 (16-oz) package crinkly noodles
then drain and stir with
3 Tablespoons butter
in a 9"x13" pan.

1 lb. hamburger
1½ cup cottage cheese
8 ounces cream cheese
⅔ cup sour cream
¼ cup grated onion
1 teaspoon marjoram
and pour over noodles.  Mix browned hamburger with
2 cups tomato sauce
½ Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 drops Tabasco sauce
and pour over cheese mixture. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes.

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