*  Exported from  MasterCook Mac  *
                             Blue Plate Special
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Homemade Convenience Mixes       Main Dish
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1      pound         lean ground beef -- or ground poultry
      1/2  cup           chopped onion -- optional
    2      cups          cold water
    1      cup           homemade beef gravy mix
                         mashed potatoes -- homemade or boxed
 Note:  This recipe is not from the _Make-a-Mix_ book.  It is my own recipe 
 using the ideas and mixes from the book.  Blue Plate Special is one of my f
 amilies very favorite quick & homey dinners.
 In a large skillet or dutch oven, brown the beef (along with the onions, if
  using) and break up as finely as possible.  Drain off any excess liquid.  
 Remove to a bowl and set aside.  In the same skillet, combine the gravy mix
  and cold water.  Stir constantly over medium heat until smooth and slightl
 y thickened.  Return the meat to the skillet along with the gravy; reduce h
 eat and cook for a few minutes until everything is warmed through.
 Serve over mashed potatoes.  For a true blue plate special, serve with peas
  and carrots on the side.
 Variation:  Substitute one package of Homemade All-Purpose Ground Meat Mix,=
  thawed, for the raw ground beef.  
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