Monday, January 20, 2014

Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

Yields 9 x 13-inch pan

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can sloppy Joe sauce
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 package tater tots
  • half a small bag of frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Brown hamburger and drain off the grease.
  3. Add back to the pan and pour in sloppy Joe sauce, vegetables and garlic salt. Cook until warmed.
  4. Pour meat into a 9 x 13-inch pan, sprinkle with shredded cheese and top with frozen tater tots.
  5. Bake for about 20-30 minutes until the tater tots are crispy and cooked.

Biscuit and Gravy Casserole

2  cans large, flaky biscuits (such as Grands)
1  pound ground breakfast sausage and or bacon
6 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper (best if it comes from a grinder)
5 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F).
  2. Prepare a small casserole dish (approximately 9x13) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Open biscuits, and cut biscuits into quarters.
  4. Layer half of the quarters in prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare gravy.
  7. In a heavy skillet, brown the ground breakfast sausage over medium high heat until fully cooked.
  8. Sprinkle the cooked sausage with 3 Tablespoons of flour.
  9. Use a wooden spoon to stir flour into sausage until completely absorbed.
  10. Lower heat to medium, and cook flour/sausage mixture for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  11. Add milk, and stir to combine.
  12. Add sage, salt and black pepper.
  13. Stir frequently until mixture comes to a slight boil.
  14. Taste, and adjust seasonings as desired. (I usually add more black pepper)
  15. Constantly stir your gravy with a wisk to keep out the globs.. If the gravy is too thick, add a bit more milk. 
  16. Pour gravy over the
    cooked biscuits.
  17. Layer the remaining uncooked, quartered biscuits over the gravy.
  18. Place casserole dish on a baking sheet, and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  19. Serve immediately.
  20. Enjoy!