What's for Dinner?:American Chop Suey with a Twist

A new spin on an old classic!

Here is a recipe I'd like to share with you all, as the original version goes back to my childhood and the current version is from my mother inlaw who brought this dish to my house the week my son was born so that I wouldn't have to cook. So glad she did.  Since then, these last, almost 17 years, it's a staple comfort food in our house.

My mom's recipe is American Chop Suey, but I will be sharing with you my mother inlaw's version which has an Armenian name and I haven't a clue as to how to spell it out. I don'teven think that Google translate could help me out there. I know how to pronounce it in Armenian, but won't even take a crack as how to spell it.  So I'm calling it American Chop Suey with a Twist, served over homemade rice pilaf, tossed salad and that's What's for Dinner.

Probably one of the first dishes I've ever made on my own for my husband was American Chop Suey.  Growing up, my mom served this with shell pasta.  Funny what you remember as a kid, she would always make this dish if there were hurricane warnings, blizzard, snow storm warnings. Brings me comfort everytime I make it. I swear she made enough to feed an army!

American Chop Suey with a Twist

  • 1 1/2 lbs Ground beef (or lamb if you'd prefer) I use beef
  • 1 Large Onion sliced or diced
  • 4-5 Cloves Garlic Smashed and Diced/Minced
  • Kosher Salt and Cracked black pepper
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper (the twist)
  • 1 Small package of mushrooms sliced
  • 1 Small Green Pepper diced
  • 1 Jar Any Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Bunch of Fresh Green Beans (the other twist)
  • Parmesan Cheese to sprinkle on top

Directions: In Olive oil, saute onions, garlic, peppers, mushrooms. Salt and Pepper to help sweat the onions and cook faster. Add your ground beef till no longer pink.  Add your tomato sauce, bring to a boil, reduce and simmer.  Here is the TWIST, Add the Cayenne pepper and the fresh green beans on top till the beans are soft but not mushy.  Serve over homemade rice pilaf (which is in a previous blog) or any rice you wish.  Sprinklw with Parmesan cheese.

Normally I would make everything above, minus the cayenne pepper and green beans and add cooked shell pasta to the meat mixture.  Just by adding the cayenne and green beans spins a new twist on American Chop Suey. My family really likes this dish, good comfort food and thougth I'd share something different. Hope you enjoy!





















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