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Sloppy Joes Casserole


  • Author: Erin Browne
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 5-6 servings 1x

Description

Sloppy Joes that are meant to be eaten with a fork! All the flavors of the classic favorite in this easy scoop 'n serve casserole.


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced small
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite ketchup
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth, or more as needed
  • 1/2 loaf stale French bread, cut into cubes *see notes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 9x13 dish and add the bread cubes. Set aside.
  2. In a large deep skillet, season the ground beef and brown, breaking into crumbles as it cooks. Remove beef to a plate and set aside. Drain out all but about 2 tsp of the grease.
  3. Add the onion and bell peppers to the skillet. Cook until the onions translucent and aromatic. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes more.
  4. Add the Worcestershire, mustard, tomato sauce, and beef broth. Cook until heated through and mixture comes to a simmer.
  5. Pour mixture over the bread crumbs and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. If it looks like the bread cubes have soaked up enough of the Sloppy Joes mixture that it appears dry, drizzle on a small amount of extra beef broth. Different breads of different levels of toast/staleness will soak up different levels of liquid, so just make sure that the mixture appears nice and wet - not dry and not too soupy.
  6. Bake on center rack for about 20 minutes - serve warm.

Notes

*If you only have fresh French bread, just put the cubes on a baking sheet and bake at 325, checking every 5 minutes or so, until the cubes dry out.

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