Tasty Tuesday: Cheeseburger Casserole

This casserole, with all the tastes of a cheeseburger rolled into one dish, is an old favorite of ours.  I started making it soon after we were married 6 1/2 years ago but had sort of forgotten about it until last week when I happened across the recipe and decided to make it for dinner.  The whole family confirmed again that yes, this is a dish that I need to keep making, and making often.

Reminiscent of a breakfast casserole because of the egg/milk mixture, the cheeseburger part smacks of a hearty meal.  And if you keep cooked ground beef in the freezer, this dish is a cinch to throw together.

Cheeseburger Casserole
8 slices of bread, toasted and buttered (I use my homemade whole wheat)
1 to 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 c. onion
1/4 c. celery (optional)
1/2 c. ketchup
4 tsp. mustard
3/4 tsp. salt
1 c. cheese
1 c. milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/8 tsp. pepper

Fry ground beef, onion and celery.  Add ketchup, mustard and salt.  Layer 4 slices of toast, half of beef mixture and half cup of cheese in greased baking dish (an 8×8 works well).  Repeat toast and beef layers.  Mix milk, egg, mustard and pepper and pour over everything.  Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and let sit for 5 minutes to melt cheese.

For other recipe ideas, check out Balancing Beauty and Bedlam’s Tasty Tuesday, 33 Shades of Green’s Tasty Tuesday, Mostly Homemade Mom’s Show and Share Wednesday and Blessed with Grace’s Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

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