When creating cheap and easy recipes one thing I’ve learned, the hard way, is to create the meals from foods that my family already loves.
It doesn’t work out to be a cheap meal if nobody likes it
and, it’s not that easy when I have to make something else that they do like.
Instead of using hamburger buns for this recipe I thought that it would be a good idea to use my BakeQuick mix instead. It’s cheaper and it’s more filling. Which means the hamburger would go further in order to fill everyone’s bellies.
I normally put this in a pie dish, but I was doubling the recipe because I had a house full of boys. I used a casserole dish instead, it worked out just as well, so if you prefer to use a casserole dish go for it.
Spray the dish with a little cooking spray and line the bottom of the dish with half of the BakeQuick biscuit dough.
Chop the onion. Remember if you freeze the onion for 15 minutes before cutting you’ll avoid tearing up.
You can use any kind of dill pickles. I had dill slices on hand so that’s what I used this time. I’ve also used dill relish and whole pickles.
Chop up your pickles. I really like pickles so I cut them in big chunks.
Once you’ve browned the ground beef add the onions.
Then add the ketchup and mustard.
Stir it up real good.
and then stir in your pickles.
Pour the mixture in your dough lined dish.
Top it with some cheese.
and then, finish it up by lining the top with the other half of the dough.
Now pop it in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the biscuit dough is golden brown.
Serve it on a bed of lettuce with some french fries.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil ($0.03)
Salt, to taste
3 medium potatoes, cut in strips ($0.19)
3 cups BakeQuick mix ($0.60)
3/4 cup water
1 pound ground beef ($1.88)
3 tablespoons ketchup ($0.05)
1 tablespoon mustard ($0.02)
½ medium onion, chopped ($0.04)
½ cup dill pickles, chopped ($0.15)
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded ($1.50)
¼ head lettuce, sliced
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes
with the oil and salt. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking
sheet. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden.
In a large skillet, brown the ground beef.
In a medium bowl, mix together the BakeQuick mix and water. Divide
the dough in half and line a pie plate with half of the dough.
Stir the onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard into the browned
Pour the meat mixture on top of the dough in the pie plate.
Sprinkle with cheese and top with the other half of the biscuit dough.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
Serve the cheeseburger lasagna over a bed of lettuce with the
fries on the side.
How I got these prices:
- Vegetable Oil – (48 ounces for $2.39) purchased on sale from a discount grocery store.
- Potatoes – (10 pounds for $1.99) purchased on sale from a discount grocery store.
- BakeQuick Mix – (16 cups for $3.18) made from a homemade mix.
- Ground Beef – (1 pound for $1.88) purchased on sale from a local grocery store.
- Ketchup – (24 ounces for $0.69) purchased on sale from a discount grocery store.
- Mustard – (14 ounces for $0.69) purchased from a discount grocery store
- Onion – (3 pounds for $0.79) purchased on sale from a discount grocery store.
- Dill Pickles – (24 ounces for $0.79) purchased from a discount grocery store.
- Cheddar Cheese – (8 ounces for $1.50) purchased on sale from a local grocery chain. *Hard cheeses, like cheddar, can be frozen, so stock up when prices are at their lowest.
- Lettuce – (1 head for $0.99) purchased on sale. *Lettuce regularly goes on sale for a $1.00 or less, so check your local sales flyers when creating your menu.
Get a Rain Check!! When I found ground beef on sale for $1.88 a pound I knew that I wanted to stock up for that price. I was looking to purchase about 75 pounds, however there wasn’t 75 pounds in the meat case. I took what I could and left a few for other savvy shoppers. Since I picked up less than what I wanted I went to the front desk and asked for a Rain Check.
What is a rain check?
It’s a ticket, entitling a customer to purchase at a later date and for the same amount as the sale price for any item that is temporarily out of stock.
You can get a rain check for any item that is on sale and is out of stock. Most rain checks are good for 30 days. Sometimes I’ll go to the store on the last day of the sale in hopes that the items I want are out of stock. The purpose is to get a rain check and hope that a coupon for the item will come out before the rain check expires, which helps me save even more money.