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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Joyeux Kitchen: Hungry Man Casserole

This is Man Food.  No frills, no fuss.  It isn't delicate or difficult or French or fat-free.  It's warm and hardy and it's one of Doug's favorite meals, handed down from his mama to me.  And the best part is that it's super quick to prepare and clean up is a cinch.

You'll need:
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet yellow onions
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 16 oz can of pork & beans
  • Optional: additional can of black or kidney beans
  • 3/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • Can of home style biscuits (not butter flavored)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350F.  Brown the meat with the onions (I use my electric skillet).  If you're using fatty hamburger you'll want to drain the grease before the next step, but I always use turkey--no draining necessary.  Combine remaining ingredients and pour mixture into a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish and bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes.  Halve the biscuits (peel them apart into two thin circles) and place rough side down on top of casserole.  [Side note: You may not need the entire can of biscuits depending on the size of your casserole dish.]  Cover entirely with shredded cheese.  Bake until the biscuits are done, 15-17 minutes.  Make sure the biscuits in the center are done, it's no good doughy.

Perfect for a fast dinner and easy to keep the ingredients on hand! 

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