Today I bring you more proof that my family and I do not subsist on salads and sweets alone. We actually enjoy simple suppers that include beef, chicken, pork, or seafood. I did plan our meals this week, but when I awoke yesterday to snow on the ground, I decided that Sweet Potato Skillet could be shifted to another night. We would stay at home and use ingredients that were already in the house.
After searching high and low for a sloppy joe casserole that was gluten and dairy free, I made my own version for supper last night. My family loves it when I make garlic potatoes as a side dish. Why not put them on top of a casserole?
Though I’m not against regular buns, I was still recovering from eating a few too many Resurrection rolls over Easter weekend. Potatoes turned out to be a terrific topping! I could have sprinkled on a little bit of cheese, but the potato slices are so flavourful with just garlic, salt, and olive oil, that we didn’t miss the dairy. Go ahead and add cheese if you like though, and tell me what you think!
Garlic Potato Sloppy Joe Casserole
- 16 ounces (450 to 500g) ground beef and/or ground pork
- 1/2 cup white or yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 cup Napa cabbage or other cabbage, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot
- 3/4 cup (or more) tomato ketchup (I buy mine, or try homemade ketchup)
- 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar, plus more to taste
- 2 Tablespoons Worchestershire sauce (gluten free if that is a requirement for you)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon steak seasoning, optional
- 6 medium red potatoes, thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
- 2 to 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- In a large skillet, heat a small amount of oil over medium heat. Saute onion for 2 minutes before adding meat. Brown meat, stirring frequently. Add cabbage and carrots and cook for 2 minutes. Mix together ketchup, vinegar, Worchestershire sauce, and garlic salt. Stir into browned meat and let simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavours. Adjust seasonings to taste. Turn off heat.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C). Mix together olive oil, garlic, and sea salt in a medium bowl. Add potato slices and toss to coat. Into a 2-litre (2-quart) baking dish, pour seasoned sloppy joe meat. Top with potato slices, overlapping them in circular rings. Pour any remaining olive oil and garlic on top.
- Bake the assembled casserole for 35 to 45 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through. Serve warm.