Overnight Casserole

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Last week I have shown you how I was tackling meals lately cooking many things at once, storing them in the refrigerator and popping them in the over as we needed them.  (if you missed that it’s here.)  One of the recipes was called Overnite Casserole.

I started making it a few years ago when we had the chickens.  We always had so many eggs and this recipe uses four so it was great for that.  What I like now is the simplicity of making it the day before and having it the next day.

overnite-casserole

It’s not a glamorous meal but it is good and handy.  Here’s the recipe….

2 cups raw macaroni (I used wheat pasta)
1 onion chopped fine
4 hard boiled eggs cut up
1/2 pound cheese
1 pound ground beef (I use 1 1/2 pounds)-browned
1 can cream of mushroom
3 cups milk
I added a can of mushrooms too.

Combine all the ingredients and put into a small roaster.  Let stand in a refrigerator overnight.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.  This was from an Amish cook book.  The directions go on further to say 2 1/2 recipes worth fills a big roaster (good to know if I am ever feeding a crew)

I ended up putting mine in a crock pot and putting it on high for two hours.  We were away and I wanted it ready when we got back from working at the new house.

Biscuit Joes

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I tried cooking ahead again this week.  Having something mostly ready for supper sure makes cooking after working at the house in the evening manageable.  Many nights Hubby comes in from work at 5:15 and we are both in the truck and on the way to the house by 5:30.  We work at the house a few hours then we’re back home by 8:30 or  9pm.  By then I am pooped.  I certainly don’t feel like cooking.

Earlier in the day I got things together so I could make these….Biscuit Joes.

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They are super simple:

Just fix 1 pound of sloppy joe (or maid-rites) by browning the hamburger and making it into sloppy joes.  I use whatever I have…sometimes a can mix like Manwich-sometimes just BBQ sauce -sometimes ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar with some spices.  However you typically make your sloppy joe mix is a just fine method.  If you’re going the easy route, go with Manwich.

When you’re ready to eat open a pack of refrigerator biscuit mix.  Lightly spray your cupcake tin.  Flatten a biscuit with your fingers and stick it in the cupcake hole making the biscuit go up the side.  Put a glob of sloppy joe mix on top and sprinkle cheese on top of that.  Pop them in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes until golden.

They are great severed with a salad, chips and baked beans.  My kids always loved these…still do.

Since I’ve been cooking ahead I made the meat mix earlier in the day and just made them up that evening.

A little funny aside.  Growing up in Minnesota Hubby and knew the meat as Sloppy Joes.  Once we moved to Iowa we saw signs for “Maid-rites”.  We had no idea what a maid-rite was..we later found out that they are pretty much the same thing.  So curiously, where are you from and what do you call these?

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