Friday, July 8, 2011

Making the Most of Leftovers

Well the 4th celebrations are over and you may have lots of leftovers like me. Have you ever wondered what to make with all those left over baked beans other than sticking some chopped hotdogs in?

Since we usually have a large crowd for our celebration, I end up with a lot of leftover baked beans! So, turn these leftovers into a main dish..."Hungry Jack Casserole" as one of my friends called it, when she gave me this recipe.

Hungry Jack Casserole recipe

Baked Beans (need at least 4-5 cups)
2# ground beef (brown/cook)
1 cup barbeque sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup chopped onions
biscuits (1 can OR homemade* which is what I prefer)
1 1/2 cups grated cheese

Mix beans, beef, barbeque sauce, honey, onions. Spread into a large casserole. Top with biscuits then sprinkle shredded cheese. Bake 350 degrees for 25 min. or until bubbling and biscuits browned.

Fast and easy meal.

Note from Paula: We sometimes leave the cheese off. It tastes great either way.

*My home made Whole Wheat biscuit recipe:
I use a recipe from an old "Better Homes & Garden" cookbook and convert it to a healthy recipe!

2 cups fresh pastry flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2 Tbs honey
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup milk

Mix together flour, baking powder, salt, cream of tartar, and honey; Cut in butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk all at once; Stir till dough follows fork around the bowl. You can roll this recipe out on a flour board and cut the biscuits or simply drop them on the above casserole or on cookie sheet.

Bake biscuits at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

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