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Homesteader’s recipe for “Shipwreck” skillet casserole
What I love about this recipe the most is how adaptable it is. I can literally use just about anything I have on hand and it still comes out so delicious. 🥘😋
Ma Fatima Garcia
10.03.22

What dish reminds you of your grandparents?

For most of us or our parents, it’ll be some kind of seemingly simple casserole that we just can’t nail down.

It’s like only grandma or grandpa can make rice, meat, and potatoes blend so well.

But this recipe is different.

The Shipwreck Skillet Casserole

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Pexels / Mike Jones

Becky, the owner of the YouTube channel The Hillbilly Kitchen – Down Home Country Cooking, posted a video sharing her version of this comfort food.

Now, the thing with Shipwreck recipes, according to its name, is that you can put whatever you want in it.

There is no definite recipe.

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Pexels / Mike Jones

If you found one that works for you or a recipe that has been passed down to you, then most likely, you’ll stay with it.

Though, it’s also not bad to try other versions of Shipwreck casseroles too, right?

Here’s Becky’s version of the dish.

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YouTube Screenshot / The Hillbilly Kitchen - Down Home Country Cooking

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 box of Mac and Cheese
  • 1 can of tomatoes
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YouTube Screenshot / The Hillbilly Kitchen - Down Home Country Cooking
  • 1 cup or can of corn
  • 1 cup or can of peas
  • 1 cup cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
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YouTube Screenshot / The Hillbilly Kitchen - Down Home Country Cooking

Optional ingredients:

You can also add 1 cup of chopped green bell peppers or onions, leftover beans, spices, seasonings, or just about any leftovers in the fridge.

What we recommend is using leftovers so you won’t have to buy anything else.

You can also substitute your Mac n’ Cheese with rice or potatoes.

Frozen or fresh vegetables will work fine as well.

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YouTube Screenshot / The Hillbilly Kitchen - Down Home Country Cooking

To make:

Get your beef ready and place it in your skillet. Let it brown.

This is where you can add salt and pepper. If you want to add onions, you can also do so.

When it’s almost cooked, remove excess grease.

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YouTube Screenshot / The Hillbilly Kitchen - Down Home Country Cooking

Get your favorite Mac n’ Cheese pack and add the cheese powder. Mix it with your beef.

Add in the noodles, tomatoes, peas, corn, and milk.

Now, if you’re using canned corn, you can add this later on so it doesn’t get overcooked.

Cover and cook over low heat.

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YouTube Screenshot / The Hillbilly Kitchen - Down Home Country Cooking

Read the label of the Mac n Cheese box and cook the pasta according to the instructions.

Check it now and then to avoid burning the milk.

Mix until pasta is cooked.

Some noodles dry out quickly. You may need to add water.

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YouTube Screenshot / The Hillbilly Kitchen - Down Home Country Cooking

Time to cheese things up.

Once your pasta is cooked, mix your cheese and top the rest.

Turn off the heat and cover. The heat from the skillet is enough to melt the cheese.

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YouTube Screenshot / The Hillbilly Kitchen - Down Home Country Cooking

Tips from Becky:

  • If feeding many people, keep the beef grease. It has so much flavor. What you can do is double the amount of pasta, tomatoes, veggies, cheese, and milk.
  • You can also add seasonings of your choice. Be sure to taste it first. The salt in the beef and the cheese are usually enough for the whole dish.
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YouTube Screenshot / The Hillbilly Kitchen - Down Home Country Cooking
  • You can also bake the casserole if you want the cheese to brown.
  • If an item is on sale, grab as much as you can and store them.

Once the dish is done, serve with bread and enjoy!

What we love is how easy the recipe is, as well as comforting, filling, and delicious.

See the full tutorial for Becky’s Shipwreck Skillet casserole in the video below!

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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