Shipwreck Casserole

Time: 2 1/2 hours

This is one of the best recipes when it comes to true comfort/soul food. Why you may ask? It is like a lazy cabbage roll with a few extra ingredients. I LOVE it because you don’t have many dishes to clean – one pan to fry the ground beef and one casserole dish! I like to make a large casserole dish (double the ingredients below) and then have left overs as it heats up well (for breakfast… with a runny egg OR in a thermos for school lunches). It is extremely healthy with all the vegetables and the flavours are a medley in your mouth, kind of like this piece by Christopher Cross – a medley of some of his best songs.

Music Selection: Christopher Cross – Sailing/All Right/Think of Laura/Arthur’s Theme


2 Tbsp olive oil

1 – 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced in ¼ inch slices

2 -3 medium carrots, peeled and coined in ¼ inch slices

½ onion, thinly sliced and quartered

½ medium head of cabbage, cut in thin slices and quartered

1 can tomato soup

1 ½ c water

1 cup rice

1 lb ground beef


Optional: 1 clove garlic, minced


Preheat oven to 350 deg F.

In large skillet, fry the ground beef (and garlic) until brown. Salt/pepper to taste.

In casserole dish, brush oil on bottom. Then place a layer or two of potatoes on the bottom.

Next, place a layer of onions. Salt/Pepper this layer.

Now place a layer of cabbage. Salt/Pepper.

Then place a layer of carrots. Salt/Pepper.

Sprinkle the rice evenly over the carrots to all the sides and centre of the casserole dish.

Spread the cooked beef over top evenly.

In a bowl, mix the can of soup with 1 ½ cups of water. Pour evenly over the meat. Cover the casserole dish with a tight fitting lid (if you want, you can put a layer of foil over the casserole dish, then put the lid on). Place the casserole dish on a baking sheet, just in case it cooks over.

Bake for 2 hours – check to see if rice is done before serving! Scoop to the bottom to get all the layers in each bowl!

tip: you can put this in a crockpot that has a tight lid on high for 2 hours or low for 8 hours!

Breakfast tip – you could put this in a crockpot overnight and have it ready for breakfast OR re-heat the leftovers and put a fried runny egg on top… either way – delicious and healthy!

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