Men Make Dinner Day!

Cowboys and Campfires
Cowboys and Campfires

Guess what?!  There is actually a day on the calendar where guys are supposed to make dinner.  Who knew?  Well, I guess I did, but that’s only because I subscribe to the National Day Calendar website – and they told me so.

So … what if your guy wants to help make dinner, but doesn’t know what to cook?  Well, here is a tried and true recipe from my family that I will share with yours.  This is such an easy recipe, I am almost ashamed to share it.  But it’s so good, that it would be a shame not to share.  This was possibly the most requested recipe in our household when I was growing up.  All my brother’s friends would ask for this when they came over for dinner – heck, they would even invite themselves over for dinner if they thought my mom was making this for dinner!

It’s called Sloppy Joe casserole, or Hungry Jack casserole – it went by either name in our house.  My mom found the recipe in a magazine, and I think it was in an ad for Hungry Jack biscuits … hence the alternate title of Hungry Jack casserole.

There are only 3 main ingredients, and then cheese on top … and what main dish is not made better with grated cheese on top, I ask you?!?!

Sloppy Joe Casserole:

  • 1 pound ground beef, browned (you can use 2 lbs if you want it really “meaty” or are feeding a crowd)
  • 1 large can pork and beans; I think about 15 ounces or so
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce, to taste

Just put the ground beef and pork n beans in a skillet and simmer until bubbly, adding the desired amount of BBQ sauce and stirring.

That’s it, honest.  Oh yeah, and the grated cheese on top.  Can’t forget that.  We always used to have this with (or OVER) biscuits.  The original recipe mom got from the magazine told you to bake the biscuits on top of the casserole when you heated it the oven.  But the biscuits were kinda doughy on the bottom, and more like dumplings …. so we never did that.  Just used one skillet for the casserole and baked the biscuits separately in the oven.  And this recipe is one that is very forgiving, so you can experiment and find your own “style.”  Add in what you want – make it the way your family likes.

This recipe is so simple, but so good!

And it’s the kind of simple grub that guys love!  And I don’t mean that in a condescending way at all; it’s just good, hearty food that fills everybody up.  I think it’s probably the kind of food that a camp cook would have made for the cowboys on a cattle drive; cooked over an open fire in a cast iron pot in the middle of the prairie.  OK, corny and romantic … I know.  🙂

Hope you like it!  Try it out and let me know what your family thinks.  And … your welcome.

Here’s the website for National Men Make Dinner Day … and you can get recipes or submit your own to the site.


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