Jo has been blog hogging again with all of her Christmas recipes. I thought I would hijack the blog and post this amazing sandwich casserole.
I saw this for the first time over at Grandma Loy's Kitchen and knew I had to make it. The original recipe was called Italian Sandwich Casserole but I didn't have some of the ingredients so renamed it to match my ingredients.
It is sooooo good...and easy to put together. My husband and a buddy he had over for dinner loved it. They pretty much ate the whole pan - Kenzie and I got a slice each!
P.S. - Kenzie loved it too. Teenager approved and husband approved AND mom approved. Gotta love that!
Ground Beef Sandwich Casserole
(Slightly adapted from Grandma Loy's Kitchen)
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp oregano
10 slices of bread cut in half
1 carton Philadelphia Cream Cheese Cooking Creme, Herb and Garlic
3 cups shredded cheese, mozza or whatever is on hand
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9 X 13 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a sauce pan, cook and stir the ground beef, onion & garlic powder, and oregano until beef is cooked. Remove from heat and set aside.
Toast all of the bread in a 350 oven till dry but not burnt - a cookie sheet works well for this.
Place 5 of the halved bread slices (10 halves total) on the bottom of the prepared 9 X 13 pan and cover with all of the cooking creme.
Then top as follows: cooked ground beef, 1/3 of the cheese, all the spaghetti sauce a 1/3 more cheese then top with remaining 5 of the halved bread slices (10 halves total).
Bake uncovered at 350 for 15 minutes....then sprinkle with the rest of the mozza and the Parmesan.
Bake again for 15 to 20 minutes or till nice and brown.
Let sit for 5 minutes before cutting.
This is very rich and very filling. If you aren't feeding big, hungry, hard working men you could probably get 10 servings out of this, especially if you served it with a salad or veggies on the side.
I brought a piece up to Jo the next day and it held up really well. She also loved it.
I thought that this would be much soggier than it turned out to be. After it cooled a little I could almost pick this up in my hands and eat it like a regular sandwich. I didn't, I used a knife and fork, BUT I could of...
Think of this as a cross between a sloppy Jo and a lasagna.
I definitely will be adding this to the dinner rotation.
Who doesn't love tasty, hearty, and easy to prepare meals?