Monday Meals: Hotdish vs. Casserole

In the Midwest we often times find ourselves in a debate, is it a casserole or a hotdish? How about one of each? The Chinese Hotdish recipe comes from my hubby’s family. I had a similar one growing up, but this one is a no fail recipe for our kiddos. Although, we have to pick out the mushrooms for Miss Em. Since it takes an hour to bake I often make it the night before. It tastes just as good the 2nd or 3rd nights!The pizza casserole was a new recipe we tried. How many ways can a family eat pizza? I will be sure to update you. So far we have many!

Chinese Hotdish

Oven 350 degrees


1.5 lbs browned ground beef (or venison or turkey)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 c diced celery

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 cans chicken & rice soup

1 cup brown Minute Rice

1 can mushrooms

4 T liquid aminos (or soy sauce)

1.5 cans water

Chowmein noodles


Brown meat, onion and celery

Combine other ingredients in 9×13 pan

Bake 1 hour

Add noodles on top for crunch before serving

Upside Down Pizza Casserole

*slightly altered from Better Homes and Gardens Recipe. To make an adult version next time we plan on adding peppers and onions.


1 lb ground turkey

15 oz pizza sauce

4 oz mushrooms, drained

1/4 cup diced green olives

15-20 chopped up pepperonis

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 package refrigerated biscuits


Heat oven to 400 degrees

Brown meat until fully cooked, drain fat

Mix in pizza sauce, veggies, pepperonis

More mixture into a 2 quart baking dish

Sprinkle cheese on top

Flatten biscuits and place on top of cheese to fully cover the casserole

Bake 15-20 minutes, until biscuits are golden

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