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Spark Of Energy Casserole

People think of casseroles as drab remnants of the mid-20th century, but in reality they are actually extremely practical and tasty all-in-one dishes that are still relevant. This is one of my mother's "old faithful" recipes, and an excellent addition to your collection. With just enough ingredients to earn the title of "homemade", and only four steps, it's a truly satisfying cool-weather dish you'll come to love.
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, carrot, casserole, onion, potato, potatoes
Servings 4 servings



  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 2 tbsp onion - chopped
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg - beaten


  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  • 3 potatoes - diced into 1" cubes
  • 6 carrots
  • 6 small onions


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for meatballs, and shape into 1-inch meatballs.
  • In a large skillet, brown meatballs in two tablespoons of butter. After meatballs are cooked through, transfer to a 2-quart casserole dish, retaining the contents of the skillet.
  • To the contents of the skillet, add the flour, tomato juice, and sugar, and whisk into a smooth sauce over low heat.
  • Cover meatballs with the sauce. Add the vegetables. Bake at 350º for one hour.