Recipe for Mandarin Cashew Casserole


    Mandarin Cashew Casserole

    1 pound ground beef
    1/4 cup celery, cut diagonally
    1/2 cup green onion, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces
    1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
    1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
    1 cup water
    1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
    2 tablespoons cornstarch
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1/4 teaspoon 5-spice powder
    1/4 teaspoon minced ginger root
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    2 tablespoons water
    1 (16 ounce) can chop suey vegetables, drained
    1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas
    1 (3 ounce) can chow mein noodles
    1 cup cashew halves

    In a skillet cook beef, celery, green onion, green pepper and garlic; drain. Add the water and sesame oil; bring to a boil.

    Combine cornstarch, sugar, 5-spice powder, ginger root, soy sauce and water. Add to beef mixture in skillet; cook until thickened and bubbly. Stir in the drained chop suey vegetables; add frozen peas. Turn into a 2-quart casserole. Bake, covered, at 375 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours; uncover and bake 10 minutes more.

    To serve, sprinkle individual servings with chow mein noodles, then scatter the cashew halves over the top.