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Mrs. Betty's Snow Day Oven Bake

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Mrs. Betty's Snow Day Oven Bake

We live in the East Tennessee Valley where snow days are not uncommon, but we get just enough where it’s still exciting, especially with kids.  My parents made snow days so much fun growing up.  We had lots of hills around our house, and my dad would stay up all night with us sledding.  He still loves to sled and makes the best snow cream you have ever tasted.  Maybe I’ll post his recipe here one day.  Mom was never much of a sledding fan, but she always had hot chocolate ready for us when we would come in.  There’s just something about snow day hot cocoa that surpasses all other beverages. 

It’s snowing at our house right now as I write this, and while it’s probably not going to amount to much or last very long, it’s still fun to think about those memories and know that I am making new ones with my son. 

Mrs. Betty has lived in South Alabama her whole life, so she has not seen many snow days.  However, she knows about comfort food.  When I made this Oven Bake, I didn’t tell my husband that it came from Mrs. Betty’s Recipe Box, but I could tell he was trying to remember where he had tasted it before.  When he realized it was his mom’s recipe, he said he remembers her making it often when he was growing up. 

There’s no leftovers of this dish for tomorrow, but that’s okay.  I know the family enjoyed it, and it brought back memories for my husband.  Isn’t that what comfort food is all about?  You don’t have to wait for a snow day to make this; it’s delicious any day of the year!

One awesome part of making this dinner is that it only takes one dish!  You just layer everything in the baking dish and stick it in the oven.  There’s no mixing, and you don’t even have to brown the ground beef.  The onions do get a little crispy on top, but I like them that way.  You could switch up the layers if you like, or you could add the onions a little later while baking.   You just want to make sure your potatoes stay on the bottom, so they can get nice and tender.  Enjoy this recipe while I go put another log on the fire.


2 cups diced potatoes

2 cups chopped celery

1 pound ground beef

1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

2 cups canned tomatoes

1 medium sliced onion

Salt and pepper to taste. 

Layer all the ingredients in a baking dish; there’s no need to brown the beef or cook any of the other ingredients before baking.  Sprinkle each layer with salt and pepper.  Bake at 375 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.  

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