Back in my teens my mom started playing around with different Bisquick casseroles (wonder if I’ll get a kick back for the free advertising? lol, yeah right), and my hands down favorite was the upside down pizza casserole… The other night my wife made it to surprise me and it brought back a ton of fond memories, but I realized that while I liked it, I wanted to improve upon it. So here is my SUPREME Upside Down Pizza Casserole recipe, and I must say it’s to fricken die for!
3 tbsp. Olive Oil, 3 1tbsp portions
1lb Ground Beef
1lb Ground Sausage
1/2lb Sliced Pepperoni, chopped
8oz Baby Portobello Mushrooms (Crimini), sliced
1 Medium Onion, chopped
1 Green Bell Pepper, chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 1/2tsp Salt, (1) 1/2tsp portion, (1) 1tsp portion
1tsp Ground Black Pepper
1tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Ground Cumin
1 1/2tsp Dried Oregano, (1) 1/2tsp portion, (1) 1tsp portion
14.5oz Canned Diced Tomato, unseasoned
2/3c Marinara Sauce, unseasoned
4oz Mozzarella, shredded (you could go up to 8oz if you want it REALLY cheesy!)
3/4c Grated Parmesan, 3 1/4c portions
1 1/3c Milk (Whole or 2%)
Heat your oven to 375F.
Grease a 9×13″ baking dish with 1tbsp of olive oil.
Heat 1tbsp of olive oil in a large pot at medium-high, add the ground beef and sausage, cook until lightly browned. Drain the meats and set aside at room temperature. Using the same pot, once again heat 1tbsp of olive oil (or use the rendered fat from the meats if you saved it) at medium-high and sauté your sliced mushrooms and 1/2tsp of salt until lightly browned, then reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, bell pepper and garlic, sauté until they start to sweat, about 3 minutes. Add the drained meats, chopped pepperoni, 1tsp each of salt, black pepper and garlic powder, 1/2tsp each of paprika, cumin and oregano, 1/4c of grated parmesan, the marinara sauce and diced tomato, stir well and simmer on medium for 5 minutes. Pour the meat mixture into the greased 9×13 baking dish. Top evenly with the shredded mozzarella and another 1/4c of grated parmesan.
In a large bowl whisk together the Bisquick (I want my kick back!), 1tsp dried oregano and milk until smooth. Evenly pour over the meat mixture in the baking dish. Sprinkle with the final 1/4c of grated parmesan.
Bake at 375F until the top is golden brown, anywhere from 30-40 minutes depending on your oven (mine took 40).
Allow to rest for 10 minutes before cutting… then plate that bad boy up and dig in!
There you have it… Delicious, and so simple a caveman could do it. Enjoy!