Grandmas Hamburger Fricassee

There are some recipes that just make me feel like a child. Back when we would sit at my grandmothers kitchen table and play “Joanies Place” (my grandma would pretend to be a restaurant owner, hand us pretend menus and we would order what wanted.) We, my cousin and I, would race to see who would belong to the clean plate club first. Such fun times.


This is one of those dishes. Although I have made a few changes, its basically the same as I remember. I love making this for my family and watching them enjoy it as much as I did. There’s nothing fancy about this dish and thats what I love about it. These simple ingredients come together to make one of the most comforting meals on earth! Its filling, its warm and its delicious.

How you choose to serve this dish is up to you. My grandmother always ate hers over a piece of toast. Which is how I also serve it but I added mashed potatoes because I have hungry boys and a hungry husband to feed!!! So I choose to serve mine over the potatoes and use a piece of toast to sop up the rest.

Here is what you will need:

1 lb of ground beef (turkey or chicken would also work)

1/2 of an onion (diced)

2 tbsp butter

3 tbsp flour

2 cups of beef broth

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp Italian seasoning

salt and pepper

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  1. Start by sautéing your onions in a pan with butter.
  2. Once your onions are translucent, add your ground beef. Cook until beef is brown. (Your meat doesn’t have to be fully cooked at this stage since it will continue to cook after adding the liquid.)
  3. While the beef cooks add your worcestershire, italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  4. Drain any grease if necessary
  5. Sprinkle flour directly over the meat and onions and stir to coat. This is going help thicken your sauce.
  6. Add your broth. Stirring to make sure the flour does not clump.
  7. Reduce heat slightly and allow everything to simmer until it starts to thicken. About 10 minutes
  8. Serve over toast, mashed potatoes or both!

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What are some of your comfort foods?? I’m always curious what other families make as their go to food on a cold night!



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