Cheap Recipe: Sloppy Joe & Biscuit Casserole

6 Oct

For a printable version of this recipe and complete ingredients listing, click here.

Comfort food to the Nth degree!
Comfort food to the Nth degree!

This meal was the perfect end to a blustery autumn weekend. Full of warmth, flavor and richness, it pleased even the pickiest of eaters–Hubby, who ate seconds!

I created this recipe to utilize another of the ingredient challenge entries: to use baker’s cocoa powder in an unsweetened dish. The result was perfectly married spices and a lasting flavor!

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Chop 2 celery ribs and 6 green onions (or 1 small sweet yellow onion) into small pieces.

Brown meat, celery and onions with spices.

Brown meat, celery and onions with spices.

In a large skillet, brown 1 to 2 lbs. ground beef with the celery and onions; drain well and return to medium heat.

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon oregano and 1-1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder over the meat mixture.IMG_4385

Add 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce and 3 tablespoons steak sauce to the meat and stir well.

Produce doesn't get easier than this!

Produce doesn't get easier than this!

Mix in one (10- to 12-ounce) package of frozen peas/carrots and one drained can of mushroom pieces & stems. Heat an additional 5-7 minutes.

Pour mixture into a 9″ x 12″ baking dish. Separate individual biscuits from a 7.5-ounce tube of canned biscuits and top the casserole with them spaced evenly.

You could try this with different veggies, like bell peppers or green beans.

You could try this with different veggies, like bell peppers or green beans.

Sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheese (I used colby/monterrey jack blend) and bake uncovered for 15 minutes or until biscuits begin to brown. Serve immediately.

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