Monday, July 16, 2012

John Wayne Casserole




Soooo, yeah. The only reason I made this recipe was because it's called 'John Wayne Casserole'. That's it. My husband loves John Wayne. In fact, Jesse's middle name is Wayne because of Heath's love for 'The Duke' (I wanted to name him Jesse Barret J. so his initials would be JBJ, like Jon Bon Jovi, but Heath said over his dead body. Whatever).

I had no idea what to expect with this. I wasn't expecting much, I'll tell you that, but it actually turned out to be really good. That sour cream/mayo/cheddar cheese mixture that gets poured on top absolutely makes it. It's really good, and moistens up the dish a bit...adds a subtle creaminess to the dish.

I'm posting the recipe as I found it originally, but for my little family of three, I cut it in half and made it in an 8x8 baking dish (I usually cut 9x13 dishes in half the first time I make them just in case it sucks, then I don't have to throw out a large amount of food). However if you're feeding any more then two adults and a small child, you'll want to stick with the original directions.

Not sure what makes this John Wayne's casserole, but it was certainly good, and something that Heath asked to be added to our favorites...so that's a win!

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'John Wayne Casserole'
Source: Adapted from Mississippi Magazine

Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained
1 (1.25-ounce) packet taco seasoning
4 ounces sour cream
4 ounces mayonnaise
8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cups Bisquick
1 cup of water
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 (4-ounce) can sliced jalapeno peppers

Directions

1. Heat oven to 325. Brown ground beef and add taco seasoning and water, according to packet instructions; set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 4 ounces of cheddar cheese, and half of the onions; set aside.

3. Stir Bisquick and water together to form soft dough. Pat dough on the bottom and one-half-inch up the sides of an 9 x 13 in. greased casserole dish.

4. Saute remaining onions and bell peppers until slightly tender.

5. On top of biscuit mix, evenly distribute ingredients in the following order: ground beef, tomato slices, green peppers, onions, jalapeno peppers, sour cream mixture and end with remaining shredded cheese.

6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until edges of dough are lightly browned.



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72 comments:

  1. Sounds easy and delicious! Found you via Pinterest .... Following you on Pinterest and Facebook! have a great week!

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  2. This is a wonderful casserole! Thank you for sharing it on RecipeNewZ. It instantly became very popular, so today we are featuring it on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/RecipeNewZ
    Congrats!

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  3. So the recipe shown above is the original measurements or your adapted/halved? I'm a household of two so I do the 8x8 as well.

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    1. You could make this in 2 smaller pans and freeze one for a later date.

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  4. The recipe above is the original (step #3 calls for a 9x13 dish). If you want to make it in an 8x8 dish, just cut everything in half. I listed the original instead of my adaptation since most families are large than mine.

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  5. This was delicious! My family and I go to my husbands grandparents house every week bearing dinner. This recipe received rave reviews from all. Thank you!

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  6. Good recipe made this tonight. Used a large onion and it seemed like a whole lot so i will use a small one next time. Thx for the good recipe found it on pinterest.

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  7. We had this for dinner tonight. My hubby loved it!

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  8. Sorry if this posts twice. I plan to make this for dinner tonight. The only biscuit mix I could find at the commissary was the Bisquick in a box stuff. The directions (for biscuits) call for shortening and eggs. Do I make it according to the box's directions, or do I just do the biscuit mix and water? Thanks!

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  9. Hey Genia...I wondered the exact same thing when I first read the recipe. I also used Bisquick (2 cups), and I used just the water (3/4 cups)...no shortening or eggs. If you feel that your Bisquick batter is too thick, you can always add a little more water to it to thin it out. Hope this helps!

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  10. Looks Great!! Pinning this now and following you on Pinterest! Thanks for sharing..
    Sarah @ Leaving a Legacy :)

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  11. Made this tonight for dinner and my family really liked it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Wende
    The Rickett Chronicles
    www.therickettchronicles.blogspot.com

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  12. This was the best Casserole I have ever had!!! Thank you for sharing!!! My gf didn't believe me when I said that, but it was true! Thanks to your husband for his service as well.

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  13. If I may ask what did you use to saute the onions and the peppers in?

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  14. Well, to be honest, I always skip that step...for two reasons. First, I prefer the slight 'crunch' of the onions and peppers, and second, it always seems kind of time consuming for so little payoff. It's all getting mixed together, so will anyone notice if I don't saute the peppers and onions? They haven't yet ;) Plus I never feel like dirtying another pan. That said, if I WERE going to saute them, I would use a little olive oil. About a tablespoon...maybe a tad more.

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    1. I always saute my veggies (ie onions, garlic, bell pepper) WITH my meat. Not only does it flavor the meat deliciously, but you no longer need to add any oil or margerine to saute the veggies in. Always remember, if using a fattier ground meat to drain off the liquidy fat before adding into, and continuing with, the rest of the recipe.

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    2. "Sage" advice...lol. I have ALWAYS fried my onions and peppers etc with my ground beef for casseroles! Just like Poollady5 said ...why dirty up another dish? And yes, it does flavor up the meat I think. I do this for chili and soups as well. Also add mushrooms etc after...

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  15. Hey Mercedes, turns out the Mississippi Magazine isn't the real version after all, anyway. I mean, it's fabulous, just made it tonight, but was curious so I did some digging.

    Turns out the original is a cheese and egg casserole recipe that John Wayne sent, from his hospital bed when he was dying of cancer, to a girl named Cara Connery. Cara had had relatives die of cancer, so she decided to put together and sell a cookbook to raise money for cancer. She started in January 1978 at the age of 10, and wrote to a bunch of celebrities and well-known people. Her first recipe was from Senator Hubert Humphrey, who died the day she received back from him a recipe for Beef Soup. She and her Mum had to raise the $20,000 to publish the first 10,000 copies of book, as at the time, it was against the policy of the American Cancer Society to publish such a book. It finally went on sale in December 1980. [Lesher, Dave. "Cancer Society to aid from cookbook sales". Cedar Rapids Gazette. 25 Dec 1980. Page 25.]

    Anyway, the original "John Wayne Casserole" is more like a crustless quiche, and it's vegetarian. This recipe here is pretty close to it: www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1850,157170-228205,00.html

    So, while the Mississippi Magazine version is great, they can't claim any credit for the original either :} grin.

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    1. Exactly!! this is the recipe I grew up with! I was interested in this NEW version, though..and it is very good as well!

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  16. Wow, that's awesome Randal! I wondered where the name came from. Great job digging!

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  17. If I may ask... How did your son like the jalapenos? My husband ate them, and I picked them off (much of the spiciness remained where they had been sitting, which was perfect). We both agreed they were FULL of kick!! I'm just curious, as I can't imagine a small child eating them!

    This recipe is delicious, by far one of my favorite casseroles ever!

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  18. Tori, whenever I make this, I only put jalapenos on one half of the dish. Heath loves them, but Jesse and I do not. When it comes to spicy foods, I think I'm more of a wuss than the boy! ;)

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  19. Could you use a can of biscuits? Instead of the mix?

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  20. I don't see why not, Alexandria! It may not have the same even, spongy texture of the Bisquick, but it should work

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  21. I made this last night and it was delicious! It was my husbands birthday dinner! :) he really liked it, which I was worried about since he really doesn't like onions or any kind of veggies and only recently found out sour cream isn't so bad. But I don't think he could even tell that all of those were in the casserole. I only used half of the onion for the cream mixture and left it out of the rest of it and it was still great. Thank you for the recipe!! I found it on pinterest :)

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  22. Mercedes, I made this, it was a great hit, the second time I made it I substituted a can of (drained) green chilis, they are not as spicy as jalapenos but get a great flavor too.

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  23. Ya know, I've never had to freeze this, but I can't imagine why it wouldn't be ok. The Bisquick may get a little mushy upon re-heating, but I doubt it would be enough to ruin the dish.

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  24. I also used green chillies instead of jalepenos (hubby is a wussy) and I used the pre-made biscuits (1 can) and spread them across the bottom and up sides. It was perfect!!

    Thanks for posting this!

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  25. This sounds wonderful I can not wait to make it. However, when you say mayonnaise is that regular mayonnaise or miracle whip? Here in the midwest we often call miracle whip mayonnaise. Ijust want to make sure that I make it right :)

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  26. This recipe is fabulous and got an immediate 5 Stars on football Sunday. I only made half a recipe for just the two of us, but next time, I would make the whole thing. I don't think I would use two pounds of ground beef, however, as that just sounds like so much meat in one casserole. I think you could cut it in portions and freeze it. Loved it! Thank you.

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  27. I so want to make this but no bisquick. What could I sub??

    ...and thanks so much to your hubby.

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  28. Thank you Donna! Well, after a quick search, this is what I found for a Bisquick substitute...

    1 cup flour
    1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon shortening

    Combine all ingredients and use as a substitution for Bisquick.

    I'm not sure how much or how little that will make in regards to this casserole, but you can always give it a try. As long you've got enough to cover the bottom of the baking dish, you're good. Good luck!

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  29. I am making this dish tonight for my Aunts memorial service. I was wondering if I could use diced tomatoes instead of sliced?

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  30. Absolutely Mary! You can either dice your own tomatoes, or, if your using canned diced tomatoes, just make sure you drain them really well.

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  31. Made this tonight. Had to make some substitutions -- didn't have any fresh tomatoes so I substituted canned ones that I drained well. Also, subbed plain greek yogurt for the sour cream and served it with picante sauce drizzled across the top.

    Next time, I think I will add some black olive slices with the jalapenos and maybe decrease the amount of ground beef and add in some rinsed/drained black beans.

    Thanks for bringing this great recipe to my kitchen!!

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  32. I wanted to let you know that I am posting a lightened up version of this to Sparkrecipes.com (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2335412&ff=1)and will be blogging about it on my blog (http://yesterdaytodayandtomorrow2.blogspot.com/) soon.

    Thank you again for turning me on to this recipe, I have made it a few times and I am excited to try lightening it up a little to aide with New Years Resolutions!

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  33. while I'm sure it tastes best as is written, I'm wondering if anyone has ever substituted the fresh onion, green peppers, sliced tomatoes, and canned jalapeno for a premade thick salsa (not a runny, wet one). Making this for the first time tonight and have 3 kids and full time job. The slicing and sauteing took some time with the kids hanging on my legs and I thought the ingredient were very similar to salsa and that it could be a potential quick, weeknight, substitution. (also, just found your blog and LOVE it! found multiple recipes I can't wait to try!)

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  34. Thanks Erin! Ya know, I don't see why the salsa wouldn't work. It's worth a try! I myself don't sauté the peppers and onions...I didn't want to dirty another pan, and it seemed to take up more time without being completely necessary, so I just tossed the onions and peppers in chopped. Let me know how it works if you do try it!

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  35. I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I was a little confused as to how much water to use with the 2 cups of Bisquick, as your recipe says to use the box instructions and there are instructions for a million things (pancakes, biscuits, waffles, etc.) on the box! I went with 3/4 cup of water as a previous poster suggested, but it made a VERY stiff dough- I could barely pat it into half of my pan. I added a couple more tablespoons of water and was just able to cover the bottom. I also sauteed the peppers and onions together and put them into the casserole together, omitting the onion from the mayo mix altogether. I was worried that the mayo/cheese/sour cream mix wouldn't cover the entire top, but I was able to get a very thin layer all the way and it sort of spread out in the oven. 45 minutes of baking time was absolutely perfect. Thank you so, so much for this recipe (the husband thanks you too- he's going to make it for us when I'm laid up with our new baby in a few months- I think it's easy enough!)!

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  36. Hey Nola, I'm so glad you guys liked it! I posted the recipe exactly as I found it, but I also had no idea how much Bisquick to use since I keep mine in a clear storage container. I no longer have the box to go by, so I had to Google the directions.

    I played with the batter a bit until I got a consistency I liked. I really need to make it again and change the directions to exact measurements. Congratulations on your new little one! (in a few months :)

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  37. update: tried it again using salsa and it was good... personally we liked it better because it seemed a little dry before (might not have added quite enough water to the bisquick last time). Also switched that out and used Jiffy corn muffin as the bottom. We really liked the first way AND the change ups too! I do think the salsa saved a little time

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  38. Really awesome recipe. Hard to stop eating it! Followed exact recipe except I baked the crust for 5 minutes before putting toppings on. I hate mushy crust, and it turned out great. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  39. sounds really yummy I am going to give it a try tomorrow night. thanks from one navy wife to another.

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  40. I have to try your recipe. It's making me hungry just imaging what it tastes like.

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  41. Hi Mercedes! I found this recipe on Pinterest which led to your blog and I just wanted to let you know that I posted this recipe on my Facebook page & holy cow it people love it - it went practically viral! I don't have a blog or anything - just my personal Facebook page that is also mostly public. And I guess some random people came across it & started sharing it & commenting on it. I posted it on May 7th and 510 people have "Liked" it & it's been shared 11,631 so far. I credited the recipe to you & I hope it's brought you some new fans! :D I of course am now following you on both Pinterest and on Facebook.

    In case you are bored & have nothing better to do, this is the link to the post I made of your recipe:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200483853112296&set=a.4610212686779.2167783.1036342162&type=1&theater

    This is the link to my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GeriJohnson013

    This is the link to my Pinterest boards: http://pinterest.com/looneybin013/boards/

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    1. Holy cow Geri! That's crazy! Thank you for sharing :) People have really taken to this recipe...it was a total surprise. Of all the things I've posted, not in a million years would I expect THIS to be the most viewed recipe I have, lol!

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  42. Getting ready to try it now, and taking all the suggestions into account. I'm glad you said you only halved the jalepenos, b/c I tried one just now and even "tamed" as the jar said, it was far too hot for me. I came back to the comments to look for the water/bisquick ratio and got the answer I was looking for. My Army hubby saw this on FB so probably one of the many shares lol and requested it! So here I am off to try it. I was inspired by your blog and have started one myself. Be looking for pics and recipes if you get bored! http://mom2threeacg.blogspot.com/

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  43. I would like to make this for a group of 12 (6 couples). Would the original recipe make enough or should I double the ingredients?

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    1. I would go ahead and double it just to be safe. The original recipe will feed probably 6-8 adults, but that's just a small serving. Doubling should be plenty, but not so much that you have a ton of leftovers.

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  44. I make it with cresant rolls. and add some parsley and green onions in the mayo mix. just a suggestion!;)

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  45. Thanks for this from an old Navy guy. I loved this dish when they served it for chow but they wouldn't give me the recipe and I had never bothered to do a internet search. It isn't exactly as I remember because their version had cornbread as the base. I noticed one of the people that commented said they used Jiffy Corn Muffin mix so may try it that way. Anyway I now have a recipe thanks to you.

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  46. I love your reasoning for what you wanted to name your son. I love JBJ too. Also this dish sounds wonderful.

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  47. I can't wait to try this. I also wanted to say thank you. As a disabled vet and ex Navy Corpsman, I know the wives don't get the credit they deserve. THANK YOU!!!!

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  48. So I could use a pilsbury biscuit dough for mine?

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    1. Sure! Just press it into the bottom of the baking dish to form a crust, and it should be fine. It may be a little thicker than the Bisquick would be, but it'll work just as well!

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  49. having this for dinner tonight
    super easy to make
    cant wait

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  50. Going to the freezer to get out the burger as soon as I post this....First off thanks for the recipe, it sounds amazing and not a difficult....In a wheelchair and try to keep it simple.....Second I too store my bisquick in a container but first cut out the direction ( they are located on the side of the box)...I place that inside the clear container facing out so I have the directions for quick bisquits....Am going to go with your orginal to start then try some of the suggestion the second time around.....

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  51. Anytime I mention the word "casserole" in my home, it's nothing but moans and groans from my husband. Despite his bad attitude I made this and he couldn't get enough! I think the only reason he tried it was because of the name, lol, but who cares! So, thanks for converting my husband and making him realize casserole isn't as bad as he thinks. ;)

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  52. Now that we are empty-nesters, I have been searching for dishes that I can adapt for two or make larger for we the kids are here. This is perfect, and I love the idea of splitting I to two dishes and having one in the freezer. Thanks again!
    JC Tomes

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  53. My husband is a John Wayne fanatic so I knew I had to make this when I saw it posted on FB a couple weeks ago. Using what I had on hand, I only made a few changes, or omissions (too cold to run to the store here). I had Grands Flaky biscuits, so I split each one in half and lined a 9x13 pan. Had 1-1/2 lbs. of ground beef (which was plenty for us), a package of Mild Taco Sauce (one of those new cooking sauces), sauteed fresh jalapenos frozen in olive oil, a lg. (30 oz.) can of diced tomatoes - drained VERY well (let them drain in strainer while making everything else). Added the onion raw, did not have green pepper, but didn't miss it (might try it next time). Also added some leftover shredded mozzarella to the 2 tone cheddar I had on hand. Assembled as instructed, except I added the jalapenos to the meat mixture. Husband loved it, Want to try again with sliced tomatoes when the garden gets going. Thank you again.

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  54. made this tonight.
    we live in europe, no bisquick here so used a homemade version which i always think is a good thing over store bought, as well as taco seasoning.
    it was a huge hit with the guys in the house. i went with about 3 T. chopped fine jalapenos. i was told by boys who don't like smoking hot tex-mex that it was the perfect amount of heat for all 3 of them. :)
    i used diced tomatoes over sliced.
    so big hit! thank you for the recipe.

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  55. I am trying this recipe tonight....any suggestions on what to serve it with or is it enough to serve by itself?

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  56. I always worry using so much mayo because of the high fat content. I bet using avocado in place of mayo would be just as good and half the cholesterol. I think I'll try it in the next couple of days and write a new comment.

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  57. Came across you via recipelion newsletter. First, I want to say Thank you for your sacrifices and service, both to you and your husband. And a second thank you for the way your page is set up, saving printing off the recipe without alot of cut and paste t remove pictures, ads, and/or a few paragraphs of comments was a very welcome change!
    Prayers and blessings for you and yours, Tempest

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  58. Hi; I too came across this recipe via recipelion and made it this past Monday. It was a hit for my family and we'll definitely be making it again!

    betty

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  59. I made this last weekend and if I make it again I will half the recipe since I was making it for just 2 people. We have been eating it for a week just about and we are getting sort of tired of it, even though it was delicious. I love onions but if I make it again, I think I will cut back a little on the onions (maybe I just used too large of a onion). Also, I had to add more bisquik than the recipe called for because it was so sticky I couldn't pat it out in my pan. I tried flouring my hand but it still kept sticking to the dough. I cooked the dough for between 15 and 20 mins prior to adding my ingredients and it turned out great. Thanks for the recipe, overall it was very good, but next time I will tweak it a little to please my taste a little bit better.

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  60. This looks like a great dish... kind of a modified Bisquick Cheeseburger Pie dish with mayo, tomato, and peppers, also taco seasoning. My husband loves the Bisquick Cheeseburger pie, so I know he will love this (minus the hot peppers!)... Thanks for doing what you do. Marianne H - Broadway, VA

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