Today is National Sloppy Joe Day! Our recipe, a twist on the classic, is made even better by using crescent rolls, instead of bread. And only 5 ingredients are needed to make this easy, crowd-pleasing casserole!
A few years ago, I saw this recipe on a Pillsbury commercial. I made it for Superbowl Sunday and it has been one of my staple potluck recipes ever since. You can make it right before potluck time or slice it into squares, store in the fridge, and reheat before serving.
2 lbs. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 – 15 oz. cans sloppy joe sauce
3 cans of crescent rolls
Grated cheddar cheese (you decide how much!)
Brown the beef and onions over medium low heat until the meat is browned and the onions are soft. Drain off excess liquid. Add in both cans of sloppy joe sauce and simmer until heated through. Take off the burner and let the meat mixture cool completely (if you don’t, the heat will make your crescent rolls soggy).
Spray a 9 x 13″ casserole dish with cooking spray. Unroll and place 1 1/2 cans of crescent rolls in the bottom of the casserole dish. Using your fingers, press the seams of the crescent rolls together. Spread the meat mixture on top of the rolls. Top with cheese.
Unroll the remaining 1 1/2 cans of crescent rolls. Press the seams of each square (made up of two triangular crescent rolls) and lay the individual squares on top of the casserole, slightly overlapping, if necessary. They don’t have to be perfect. The goal is to just have plenty of crescent roll squares covering the top of the casserole.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Let it cool before cutting into squares. If you’re going to make ahead, make sure they are completely cooled, store in the fridge in an airtight container, and reheat right before potluck time!