Kodiak Casserole

This recipe hails from early 1950s Alaska. There’s something to be said about a recipe that can be thrown together with simple ingredients and the sum of its parts adds a whole new dimension to such a basic dish. This is one of those recipes. Great for deer camp — and yes — it does attract bears.


2 pounds ground beef
4 cups diced onion
2 garlic cloves – minced
3 medium green bell peppers – diced
4 cups diced celery
1 jar (5.75 oz.) stuffed green olives – do not drain
1 can (4 oz.) mushrooms – do not drain
1 can (10.75 oz.) condensed tomato soup – do not dilute
1 8 oz. jar picante sauce
1 18 oz. bottle of BBQ sauce
2 tbs. worchestershire sauce
3-4 cups medium egg noodles – cooked and drained

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


In a Dutch oven cook the beef with the onion and garlic until done and drain off fat. Add all other ingredients except the cheese. Mix well.

Cover and bake at 350° F. for one hour. Sprinkle with cheese just before serving.

Makes 16-20 servings.

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