What is a Sloppy Joes Casserole?
Call me weird, but I've always eaten Sloppy Joes with a fork. It's just easier! I love those messy, delicious sandwiches and get a kick of nostalgia every time I eat them (though my childhood Sloppy Joes consisted mainly of Manwich in the can. Ain't nothin' wrong that.) Think of ths Sloppy Joes casserole as kind of a big pan of deconstructed Sloppy Joes.
What Ingredients Do You Need For Sloppy Joes Casserole?
- Lean Ground beef
- Chopped onions, red bell pepper, and minced garlic
- Tomato sauce
- Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and ketchup
- Beef broth
- Salt and pepper
- Day-old or slightly toasted cubes of French bread
Tips For How To Make Sloppy Joes Casserole
(full recipe below) This casserole replaces the usual hamburger buns with cubes of French or Italian bread. As with most casseroles using any kind of bread product, it's best to use dried out, day-old bread that is starting to go a little stale. If you only have fresh bread available, bake the cubes in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until they start to feel dry (just don't let them get too brown!)
The rest of the process is identical to classic Sloppy Joes. I use 93% ground beef, but have also successfully used ground turkey. Remember the leaner your meat, the less moisture your casserole will have. You may find that you need to drizzle on a bit of extra beef broth to the casserole dish so that it doesn't dry out too much while baking. In the recipe, I recommend having extra broth on hand. Different breads and different levels of stale/toasty-ness will soak up different levels of liquid, so let the unbaked casserole sit for about 5 minutes so you can tell if you need to add extra liquid to the pan. You want it to look pretty wet, not dry and not too soupy.
If you want to keep some toasty texture in the bread to mimic a classic Sloppy Joe on a toasted bun, save a handful of bread cubes and lay them on top of the casserole. Those pieces will get extra toasty and crispy in the oven!
This is a pleaser for the whole family and I hope you try it! Enjoy!
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