Making easy food at home is one great way to be frugal and save money by not eating out. Having some easy, go-to recipes to make on nights when you need dinner in a hurry is one way to keep yourself on the frugal path.
When I got married, I didn’t know how to cook. My hubby and Fannie Farmer had to teach me what to do in a kitchen, including boiling water and scrambling eggs! I did try to learn how to cook big things, but even then I was always on the lookout for easy recipes to make and serve.
Fast forward 30 years, 4 kids, 3 dogs, 2 jobs – and the search for quick and easy recipes is an even bigger deal. Especially with what’s been happening with my dad, I need things to make for supper that take about 30 minutes, or something where we can be eating in an hour or less. Sound familiar?
This recipe is one I found several years ago. When I read it, I thought “Now why did I not think of that?” It’s easy to make, uses ingredients you’ll have in your fridge most weeks and is a recipe you can have on the table in about 30 minutes…. or in my case less, as I had frozen leftover Sloppy Joe meat already made!
EASY AND DELICIOUS SLOPPY JOE CASSEROLE
- Your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe (you can either use canned sauce or make your own)
- 2 cans crescent rolls or crescent roll sheets
- Shredded cheese – your choice – I will use whatever I have in the fridge (cheddar, mozzarella, mixed blend or even Velveeta!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
I figure that all of you know how to make Sloppy Joes. If you have never made them (and if you haven’t, please leave me a comment below and tell me why!), the simplest way I can tell you to do it is this. You need a pound, to a pound and a half of ground beef (you can use ground turkey or chicken, it just won’t look exactly the same). If you have a meat grinder attachment to your Kitchen Aid mixer, or maybe you have a food processor or blender which can grind meat, then you can use an inexpensive cut of meat and grind it into ground beef.
Once you have your ground beef, then brown it in an electric skillet or frying pan. Drain the grease, and add your sauce – canned or homemade (whatever you have). Simmer for a few minutes. That’s it – Sloppy Joe done.
A few weeks ago, I made Sloppy Joe for supper on a night when everyone decided they were going to be elsewhere. So, I just packed up the food and dropped it in the freezer. On a night when I needed supper in a flash, I pulled them out to defrost and made this recipe as quick as a frying egg on a summer sidewalk.
Once you’ve defrosted your Sloppy Joes, or made them fresh, you’re ready to proceed with the rest of the recipe.
Spray a 9 inch by 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray (or use oil in a spray bottle). Open one can of crescent rolls or crescent sheets and cover the bottom of the dish. If you are using crescent rolls be sure you mash the seams together.
Once you have that done, put down a layer of shredded cheese.
Layer the Sloppy Joe mixture on top of the cheese.
Put another layer of cheese on the seasoned meat.
Then put the second can of crescent rolls on top. Once again, mash seams together if using crescent rolls instead of a crescent roll sheet.
Slide the casserole in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for around 20 minutes, or until crescent rolls are brown and the Sloppy Joes are bubbly around the edges.
And that’s IT – supper is all but done! I serve this with baked beans sometimes, others it may be green peas. On days when it’s really a rush, we’ll have potato chips on paper plates!
I will be sharing other easy-to-make, quick-to-the-table recipes for simple and easy suppers. I would love to hear your quick recipes that you use. And if you try this recipe, please share that with me below in the comments as well!
Til next time,