Is it Wintertime in Southern Illinois?

It is July!  I'm pretty sure that Mother Nature is a little confused because the midnight temperatures are dropping into the 50s! I cook on the outdoor gas grill all year long ... there isn't enough snow to keep me from lighting the grill!  It is unusual, however, for me to stir up a comfort food casserole in July!  It is always too hot to use the oven ... but today was an exception!  I had ground beef thawed for grilled burgers, but it turned into sloppy cheeseburger casserole!

This casserole couldn't be easier ... but I want to encourage you to put things in it that you like. After cooking for the same man for 35 years, I always knew exactly what he liked!  Joe's hamburger casserole had to have onions, sweet bell pepper and corn in it ... and the cheeseburger version required good old Velveeta cheese!

To make this ... brown a pound of good ground beef with half a big sweet onion ... chopped and half a green or red bell pepper ... also chopped.   Add a big handful of sliced fresh mushrooms when the meat is almost done ... and throw in a cup of fresh corn kernels ... I cook my ears of corn in the microwave first.  All you have to do is put them in ... leave the husks and silks on them.  Two ears require about 7 minutes to get done.  The husks and silks will slide right off.

After the meat is done ... stir in 1/4 cup of katsup and a packet of brown gravy mix (the kind that requires a cup of water) ... and the cup of water.  Pour all these ingredients in a casserole dish ... drop in a few little chunks of Velveeta cheese and cover the casserole with a can of refrigerator biscuits.  Bake in the oven at 375 degrees ... until the biscuits are done.  That will probably take 12 - 15 minutes.  The juices will thicken ... the cheese will melt ... and the crispy top of the biscuits makes this a really good comfort food meal!

I normally make it October ... but why not make it in July?  Sure was good!

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