Crown Casserole is sort of an old fashioned dish. I’m resurrecting it here because its super tasty, warm & filling for the winter, and I love that you make it in just one pan! My copy of Southern Living this month had a huge feature of old fashioned recipes that they still make. If Southern Living can do it, can’t I? If you’re not familiar with Crown Casserole, the name comes from the biscuits that sort of “crown” the top of the dish. The tastiest way to make Crown Casserole is to dump all of your ingredients into your dish, top with uncooked biscuits, pop the whole thing into the oven, then take it out when the biscuits have browned. Alternatively, you can make the casserole, then top with cooked biscuits. Either way, you have a fluffy, delicious biscuit to dip into your dish. I like to use it like a spoon! Making the dish by cooking your biscuits in the casserole seems to make the biscuits a little more gooey in the center from the steam rising into them from the casserole. On the flip side, the biscuits keep the casserole from drying out. SO yummy!
Do you see how gooey these biscuits look? It’s almost like they were steamed! They look under cooked, but they are fully cooked. I promise!
The recipe calls for using a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. I told you, it’s old fashioned. You never see this sort of thing on blogs these days. You can chop up all sorts of fancy veggies and pop them in instead, but there are two good reasons why you should just stick the recipe. One, it has a nostalgic taste that you will miss out on, and two, it is shockingly easy to be able to open a bag of frozen veggies, dump them in, and call it a day without having to spend an hour chopping! Vegetables retain their nutrients when frozen so its still a healthy meal.
I like to portion dinner out by giving each person one biscuit with the heaping spoonful from underneath it. You may get requests for seconds though!
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 package brown gravy mix
- 4 cloves garlic, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 package mixed frozen vegetables
- 1 roll canned biscuits
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Brown ground beef on the stove top.
- Prepare 1 package of brown gravy mix with 1 1/4 cups water instead of the normal package directions.
- Add garlic & pepper to the gravy mix.
- Pour gravy mix over the browned meat.
- Add in one package of mixed vegetables.
- Toss over low heat until vegetables start to thaw.
- Pour mixture into a baking dish.
- Top with raw biscuits.
- Bake until biscuits are golden, about 25 minutes.