Easy Hotdish Recipe – plus $125 Good Cook Cutlery giveaway!

I was provided a full set of Good Cook non-stick cutlery to assist in writing this post. All recipes and opinions are my own.

Good Cook hotdish recipe

I say hotdish, you say…..

Hotdish vs. Casserole. This is a great Wisconsin debate at potlucks statewide and throughout the Midwest. I think we all have a favorite dish, or five, that we love to eat and hope to see at any potluck.

I usually whip up something whenever I am pressed for time, or am trying to use up some ingredients we have lying around. I typically say hotdish, but I may be known to say casserole on occasion; I think it just depends on what I am making.

For this dish, I grabbed whatever ingredients we had in the house and whipped up a tasty hotdish. You don’t really need a recipe for any hotdish, just use what you have in the house, and ingredients that you know you will like.  Add them all together and wallah!  Dinner is served.   🙂

Cheesy Hamburger and Spinach Hotdish

This hotdish was simply a culmination of some of my favorite things that I also happened to have around the house. I was in need of a quick dish I could make for dinner, yet something that would be tasty and kid-approved.

I scoured my cabinets and found the following ingredients:

Spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, frozen corn, frozen spinach, cheese, pasta, more cheese, and hamburger. There you have it, all the ingredients you could ever need!

Hotdish directions

When making a hotdish, there really are no directions per-say, however, a good rule of thumb is to just use combinations that you know will work well together, or at least things that you like.

For my cheesy hamburger and spinach dish, I love every ingredient that I added, and I already know that adding spaghetti sauce to any type of pasta dish will liven up the flavor.

I simply browned my hamburger and cooked the pasta al dente. I cut up the cheese into cubes using one of my favorite knives from the non-stick line of cutlery by Good Cook.

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Once the hamburger and pasta were done cooking, I added everything to a baking dish and added some more shredded cheese on top (mozzarella this time). I baked until the cheese was bubbly and melted and gooey.  I love cheese. I am from Wisconsin, so this is probably a given, but I really love cheese. When the cheese is ready, this dish is ready.  🙂

**Note: You do not need to thaw the corn before adding, but you may want to at least break the kernels apart if they are stuck together. You could used canned corn as well, but we just had some leftover from the garden last year. The spinach you will want to thaw and drain.

Dinner is ready!

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And there you have it, a perfectly easy meal ready in no time. Plus it is mostly vegetables so it must be good for you right?!

Good Cook Nonstick Cutlery Review and Giveaway!

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I absolutely love the Good Cook knives, and cannot believe I went so long with the terrible knives we had before. My favorites are the sandwich knife and santoku knife, but they all work really well.

The bread knife has worked better than any other bread knife I’ve used before. The blade is a heavy duty metal, not flimsy like some others we’ve had. The orange nonstick santoku knife is the one I used for cubing my cheese. The nonstick coating makes it really easy to just keep going since the cheese doesn’t stick to it.

The paring knife works really well too. It is so sharp that I actually sliced my thumb open and it was such a clean cut that it didn’t start bleeding until I ran water over it. (I was provided with a safety note saying they were very sharp and not for children…perhaps I should have paid more attention)  🙂

Great Deal on Good Cook Items

If you would like a set of your own nonstick Good Cook knives, you can get 30% off these knives as well as your entire order at www.goodcook.com with promo code: NONSTICK. Offer valid through April 15,2013.

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Nonstick Knives ($125 value).  These nonstick-coated knives come in inviting colors for ready access—the bright coding signals that purple is for sandwiches, green is for paring, etc. The serrated blades are crafted from high-carbon steel, which stays sharp through regular use. The nonstick coating prevents crumbs from sticking. Each knife includes a safety sheath to help protect the blade and allow for safe storage. The soft-grip, ergonomic handle fits comfortably in the hand and provides better control when slicing and when hands are wet.

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122 thoughts on “Easy Hotdish Recipe – plus $125 Good Cook Cutlery giveaway!

  • April 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm
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    I say casserole, I have actually never heard hotdish before. Reply
    • April 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm
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      Okay, it might be more of a Minnesota thing than a WI thing, but I've lived on the Western border of WI for so long it rubs off. :-) What part of the country are you in? Here is more about the hotdish: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotdish Reply
      • April 12, 2013 at 4:22 pm
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        I am in California but actually British and only been here 3 years so it could be that I am odd ;) Reply
        • April 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm
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          An odd Brit? Hmm, I'll have to tell my friend that, lol. She is actually moving back home to Bury St Edmunds this year (her husband is being stationed near there). Although most of the country outside of the Midwest probably hasn't heard of hotdish either...probably not so odd. :-) Reply
          • April 12, 2013 at 9:41 pm
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            Us Brits are generally rather an eccentric lot ;)
  • April 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm
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    I really like the Gourmet Stainless Steel Shears Reply
  • April 12, 2013 at 6:33 pm
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    Casserole! Never even knew what a hotdish was till I read this post lol Reply
  • April 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm
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    I love the cutlery set. Mine is almost 20 years old and it needs replacing. Reply
  • April 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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    lots of cool gadgets, one of my fave is the lemon lime squeezer! Reply
  • April 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm
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    We say casserole, love the sounds of this one! Those knifes look awesome love the colors! Reply
  • April 12, 2013 at 11:42 pm
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    I like the 4-Piece Wooden Steak Knife set! http://www.goodcook.com/kitchen-knives_&_cutlery/steak-knives/wooden-steak-knife-set-4pc-p-191.html Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 12:07 am
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    I say casserole. My go to dish is simple. The base ingredients are Ritz crackers, Colby jack cheese, cream of mushroom soup, and broccoli. Occasionally I will add chicken. Crush the crackers, shred the cheese, cook the broccoli and chicken, and mix it all up. Add more cheese to the top. Pop in the oven on 375 until cheese is brown on the edges. It's always a big hit at home and great for potlucks. Even the children who won't touch broccoli eat it up. :) Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 1:46 am
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    Bake N' Take Cupcake Carrier, 24 Cup Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 2:08 am
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    I say casserole...don't believe I've ever heard anyone call it hotdish but I learn something new every day Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 2:09 am
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    I like their Ultimate 20 Piece German Steel Cutlery Set Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 6:35 am
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    never heard someone say hotdish we say casserole we say hot dish when its cold neat someone calls it that Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 6:36 am
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    i meant when its hot from the oven im still not up Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 6:38 am
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    The German steel cutlery looks wonderful . Rod Jackson mrsrodjac at hotmail dot com Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 7:46 am
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    I could definitely use a new set of steakknives http://www.goodcook.com/kitchen-knives_&_cutlery/steak-knives/wooden-steak-knife-set-4pc-p-191.html Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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    Its casserole to us! :) Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm
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    I like the Flexible 4 Pack Chopping Mats - http://www.goodcook.com/kitchen-knives_&_cutlery/cutting_boards/flexible-4-pack-chopping-mats-575x12-p-104.html Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm
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    I would love to have the Bamboo Cutting Board 12" X 16" Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm
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    I say casserole and did not know the term hotdish Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 3:22 pm
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    I like the Nonstick Chef's Knife, 5" Item #18808 the most. Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 3:24 pm
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    I like the Flexible 4 Pack Chopping Mats Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm
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    Casserole! Never heard of hotdish Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 4:43 pm
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    Nonstick chef knife! Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm
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    I say casserole. Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 8:04 pm
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    I like the Meat and Seafood Shears. Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm
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    I say casserole! Reply
  • April 13, 2013 at 10:37 pm
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    I say casserole... I had never heard of a hot dish Reply
  • April 14, 2013 at 6:25 am
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    I do say casserole Reply
  • April 14, 2013 at 9:36 am
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    Casserole. I'd never heard hotdish before! It's so interesting to learn about regional differences. Reply
  • April 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm
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    I like the "Classic" Dutch Oven With Lid, Reply
  • April 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm
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    Hotdish is our saying! Reply
  • April 15, 2013 at 2:43 am
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    casserole. and I'm from Wisconsin. Reply
  • April 15, 2013 at 2:43 am
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    the meat and seafood shears. Reply
  • April 15, 2013 at 9:47 am
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    Bamboo Cutting Board 10" X 14" Reply
  • April 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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    I say Casserole! Reply
  • April 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm
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    I would love the Egg and Cheese slicers! Reply
  • April 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm
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    I say casserole, I say soda too. Reply
  • April 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm
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    I want the food chopper. Reply
  • April 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm
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    Casserole- actually never heard of hotdish either... Reply
  • April 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm
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    I like the Santoku 7in knife. Reply
  • April 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm
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    I say casserole. Never heard of hotdish. Reply
  • April 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm
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    I LOVE their bread knives. Ugh. So pretty. Reply
  • April 16, 2013 at 10:52 pm
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    i have always said casserole - i've never heard anyone say hotdish before! Reply
  • April 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm
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    i love the nonstick knives! Reply
  • April 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm
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    I say casserole. I've never heard "hot dish" used. Reply
  • April 16, 2013 at 11:48 pm
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    I like the Poultry Shears. Reply
  • April 17, 2013 at 3:34 am
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    I say casserole. Reply
  • April 17, 2013 at 3:35 am
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    These knives ARE my favorite item. I love all the different colors! COOKING JUST GOT HAPPIER! Reply
  • April 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm
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    its casserole around here..never heard hotdish before Reply
  • April 17, 2013 at 6:25 pm
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    i like the ceramic 8 pc bake set Reply
  • April 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm
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    I like their neat cutting boards (several of them) and also the collander. Reply
  • April 17, 2013 at 11:11 pm
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    I love everything but I love my good cook pizza stone! Reply
  • April 18, 2013 at 9:14 am
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    I call it casserole! priscillavbenavides at yahoo dotcom Reply
  • April 18, 2013 at 9:15 am
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    I love the Chef Knife! priscillavbenavides at yahoo dotcom Reply
  • April 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm
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    Casserole! Reply
  • April 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm
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    I like the sandwich knife! Reply
  • April 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm
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    casserole, and I like these can openers! http://www.goodcook.com/kitchen-gadgets/openers/soft-grip-can-opener-p-128.html Reply
  • April 20, 2013 at 1:01 am
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    I like the nylon-tipped tongs Reply
  • April 20, 2013 at 5:52 am
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    My favorite item would be the Multi-Purpose Kitchen Shears. Reply
  • April 20, 2013 at 7:32 am
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    casserole - never hot dish Reply
  • April 20, 2013 at 7:32 am
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    i would love to try the good cook utility knife Reply
  • April 20, 2013 at 7:39 am
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    my fave casserole dish would be chicken caccitori Reply
  • April 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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    I call it a casserole. Grew up eating them! lol. Thanks for the chance! Reply
  • April 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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    I say casserole. I've never heard of hotdish until this blog post! momlovesdeals at gmail dot com Reply
  • April 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm
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    I like the Good Cook fat seperator. momlovesdeals at gmail dot com Reply
  • April 21, 2013 at 7:29 am
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    I say casserole. Reply
  • April 21, 2013 at 7:30 am
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    I like the Kitchen Shears with Herb Stripper. Reply
  • April 21, 2013 at 10:11 am
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    Our family says casserole, never heard it called hot dish before. Reply
  • April 21, 2013 at 10:15 am
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    They have so many wonderful items it is hard to choose but currently I am in the need of a new egg slicer. Reply
  • April 21, 2013 at 11:21 am
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    I say casserole.. but I like the term hotdish.. maybe ill pick it up so I can sound a little fancier lol Reply
  • April 21, 2013 at 11:27 am
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    I absolutely love the knife set.. nonstick 5" chef knife is my fav! I have these on my want list!!! for my bday. I really dont like to cook much, but I have a knife that is similar.. and I cannot wait to use it when i cook.. so a whole set.. and a better product.. I believe will help me and look good doing it! heehee!! i love so many items, all great products! Reply
  • April 22, 2013 at 7:56 am
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    I say Casserole. Reply
  • April 22, 2013 at 8:51 pm
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    We Say Casserole - - Hotdish? - really? Reply
  • April 24, 2013 at 6:49 am
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    My favorite item: shears with herb stripper. I use a lot of fresh herbs, so I'd get a lot of use out of these! Reply
  • April 24, 2013 at 9:29 am
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    I say casserole! Reply
  • April 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm
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    I say casserole. Reply
  • April 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm
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    I like the Ultimate 20 Piece German Steel Cutlery Set. Reply
  • April 24, 2013 at 9:04 pm
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    I say "casserole," and I admit that "hotdish" is new to me! Reply
  • April 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm
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    I've had my eye on the 11-lb Digital Food Scale at Good Cook for a while now. Reply

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