Thursday, January 24, 2008

Feeding The Troops - A Game Plan

Since my husband moved to the evening shift at the beginning of the year, I have been struggling with the meal situation. I took his advice for awhile and just worried about feeding me, but then he would come home with fast food or eat a protein bar, and my inner Haus Frau couldn't abide that.

This week I've been cooking a meal ahead. Yesterday we had chicken pot pie that I had made the previous evening and tonight we'll have a meal I prepared last night. WARNING: the following dish is not gourmet by any stretch of the imagination, however it is probably one of the first things I learned to cook as a wee girl. My Mom and Auntie used to make this as a quick meal after school. It didn't have a name until I started calling it Texas Casserole (primarily because mother is from Texas and it strikes me as classic cowboy fare.)

So, without further ado, I give you Texas Casserole . . .

Brown & drain about 2 lbs of ground beef (the leaner the better). If you have one, use a cast iron skillet, otherwise you'll have to transfer it to a baking dish.
Add a can of baked beans, a can of corn, about 2 cups of BBQ sauce, a bit of garlic, cumin, and onion powder. I also add a bit of Cajun seasoning (roughly: salt, chili, cayenne, garlic salt, pepper, and a lot of other stuff I can't remember). It is also good with some onions thrown in. Stir.

Top with ready-made biscuits (again, this was created by two teenage girls in the 60's so bear with me).
Bake in a 350 degree oven until the biscuits brown.

Okay, here's the dirty little secret: in mom's original recipe the biscuits were dipped in butter and cornmeal before they were put on the casserole, but I just can't bring myself to do it. Taste-wise it's a bit like Sloppy Joe's, but of course the biscuits soak up the BBQ goodness and they don't fall apart like a hamburger bun.

P.S. Primarily, the reason I documented this nonsense is because it was late and I was tired and I needed something to keep me on task.


Liz said...

Mmmmmmm... this looks really good. Very season appropriate. Dang this cold weather.

Miss Janey said...

Looks like something Mama Janey would make... bet it's yummy.

Linda said...

Looks great to me. I wish I had a cast iron skillet. My mother used to make something she called a "gook burger" which was sort of everything piled on a hamburger patty. It actually was sort of good.

Jennie said...

oooh it looks really good!