Sunday, November 20, 2011

Savoury Sunday, Shipwreck

     Another favourite from childhood, more comfort food. This is a one pot meal, you've got to love that. Assemble, pop in the oven and an hour or two later, dinner. I have no idea who's recipe this is. My Mom has made it for as long as I can remember. My aunt included it in a recipe book she made for her son when he went to school. We've been enjoying it for more than 40 years in our family.


1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
4 medium carrots, sliced relatively thin
4 medium potatoes, sliced relatively thin - as for scalloped potatoes
1 can tomato soup/sauce undiluted


Brown and drain the fat from the ground beef
In a medium sized casserole dish layer the raw ground beef on the bottom
Top the ground beef layer with onions, carrots then potatoes.
Pour tomato soup/tomato sauce over the top.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees for at least one hour, two if using raw beef.
Test potatoes to check if cooked, they should be soft.

     This casserole is kind of like a variation on a cottage pie.

     You can add other vegetables into the carrots. I've had it with cabbage and peppers, both of which I like.

     I've always made it with soup but if you're really against it you can use tomato sauce. The seasoning would have to be adjusted. Salt, pepper, a little bit of mustard powder and garlic at least.

     I brown the ground beef first, Mom swears you don't have to. It just cooks longer. I don't know how you don't end up with an enormous pattie on the bottom but.... Mom has made this far more often than I so she knows best.

     A quick and easy one pot dinner that won't leave you kitchen looking like this.

Unless you're like me and the kitchen looked like that before you started.  Enjoy.


  1. Interesting. I'm trying to think why it's called 'shipwreck'. I'd love to try making this one day. Thanks for sharing a 40yo family recipe! :)

  2. I have no idea about the name. I tried to Google it to find a recipe but.....
    Easy to make and surprisingly tasty considering how simple it is, no exotic anything.
    Comfort food at it's best.


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