The trick to most recipes that are like this is to season how your family likes it. I learned that the trick is to layer your seasoning, like chefs do. When cooking the meat, season it someway. I use garlic powder, pepper and a little salt. Then when you add the potatoes and carrot, season them how you like. Finally, before you add the dressing, season the onions and mushrooms and meat again. Not too much, just to add flavor. Then add the dressing. The reason that many have said that it turns out like a stew is that your burner needs to be on high during the last steps of adding the meat back, onions and mushrooms. That allows the extra water in the dish to evaporate and the dressing to concentrate. My boyfriend and I both enjoyed this meal!