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Granny Young's One Dish Meal

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

Last year I came into possession of a folder of family recipes. I am working toward getting them into a cook book, which might take a while, so I'm going to start posting them here.

How about some simple comfort food? This is my grandmother's recipe from the early 50s... and she apparently won a contest with it! It's pretty basic and there's a good chance you have all this in your pantry and fridge right now.

I wrote it up here as it was written on the original recipe. Don't fret too much about the lack of specific measurements - you can wing it! My favorite part of this recipe is that it calls for 5 cents worth of macaroni. Does anyone know how much 5 cents worth of macaroni is?


1 pound hamburger, cooked and drained

2 T butter

2 quarts boiling water

1 can red kidney beans

1 can tomatoes

5 cents worth of macaroni

1 t Watkins chili powder

Salt and paprika to taste

Cook until well done. Serve with Cornbread.


1 1/2 cups Martha White Cornmeal

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup oil

Bake in an iron skillet at 450 20-25 minutes

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