Wikipedia defines Hot dish as: a of a variety of baked casserole popular in the Midwestern United States, and especially in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
The history of the hot dish goes back to when “budget-minded farm wives needed to feed their own families, as well as congregations in the basements of the first Minnesota churches.”
If you are from MN you understand the meaning and warmth of a "hotdish" in the winter... can you tell its getting cold around here?! That is one thing that continues to surprise me every year about Minnesotans.... their conversation from October-about June is all about weather! I LOVE winter.. the snow, cold, hockey, xmas and smile when I hear another MN vet crab about the "weather" again!
Chow Mien Hotdish:
1 lb beef, cooked
1/2 cup onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 cup of minute rice
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of chicken & rice soup.
(*you can also add canned corn or mushrooms)
Heat oven 350
Cook beef, drain and set aside. Combine 1 cup water, onion and celery in same sauce pan and warm to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 mins.
Then dump it all into a glass baking dish and bake from 45 mins-1 hour.
Serve over chow mein noodles & with buttered toast.
Hubby rating:10 (he grew up with this recipe and it come to you complements of my mother-in-law Diane!)
Keep on Cooking!!