Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole

Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole
Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole

Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole is a delicious dish that you will bake time and time again. Yes, it’s that good and it’s very easy to make. You’ll only need four ingredients!

This is another one of my favorite meals to make. When I was working 12 hours a day, 7 days a week it was a lifesaver. I would prepare it the night before and place it in the fridge to be baked the next day.

Note: If you try making this ahead of time, make sure you let the meat mixture cool completely before placing the dough and cheese on top–don’t ask me why because I’m too ashamed to tell you 🙂 Let me just say that it’s tough to think right when you are exhausted and I made a mess so just don’t do it.

When my hubby came home from work all he had to do was pop the dish in the oven for about 18 minutes and dinner was served.

Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole

Prep Time: 3 MinutesYield: 6 Squares
Cook Time: 30 MinutesServing Size: 1 Square
Total Time: 33 MinutesCalories Per Serving: 591

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb ground deer burger
  • 2 15.5 oz. cans of Hunts Manwich Thick & Chunky Sloppy Joe Sauce
  • 2 8-count cans of refrigerated crescent rolls (you’ll only need 10)
  • 8 oz of shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Gently brown the deer burger in a skillet, which should take about 7 minutes. Remove the excess fat.
  2. Mix sloppy joe sauce into the deer burger and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Unroll the cans of crescent rolls and separate each can into 2 sections. Pour the deer burger mixture into an ungreased 9″ x 13″ casserole dish and spread it out evenly.
  4. Place the crescent dough over the deer burger mixture. Make sure the entire top is covered with dough.
  5. Poke holes in the dough with a sharp knife every few inches apart. If you forget this step, the crust will bubble and rise and bake unevenly.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake uncovered for 18 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the dough is done. If you are not sure if the dough is done, you can poke a toothpick in the center and if it comes out clean, it’s done.

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The good, the bad, and the delicious…

  • Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole is high in protein, fiber, and potassium.
  • It’s also high in cholesterol, fat, and sodium and might be too high in sugar for some.

See tips below for making this a more diet-friendly recipe.

Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole Nutrition Facts

Yields: 6 PiecesServing Size: 1 Piece
Calories 591Calories from fat: 50%
 % Daily Value*
 Total Fat 33 g51%
 Saturated Fat 19 g96%
 Monounsaturated Fat 1 g 
 Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g 
 Trans Fat 0 g 
 Cholesterol 136 mg45%
 Sodium 1344 mg56%
 Potassium 864 mg25%
 Total Carbohydrates 43 g14%
 Dietary Fiber 2 g9%
 Sugars 19 g 
 Protein 42 g84%
Vitamin A 3%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10%Iron 8%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA, but were calculated by MyFitnessPal, Inc. by Under Armour, Inc

 

To make this recipe more diet-friendly… 

  • To help lower the cholesterol and fat you could use less fat in your ground venison burger. This recipe was calculated using 80/20 ground venison burger. To help lower the cholesterol and fat, even more, you can use reduced fat crescent rolls and low-fat cheese or omit the cheese altogether. Omitting the cheese would also lower the calories quite a bit and lower the carbs and sugar a little, too.
  • To help lower the sodium and sugar you could make your own sloppy joe sauce and use a salt alternative. The majority of the sugar is coming from the sauce. I found a recipe on Kitchen Monki for diabetic friendly sloppy joes that might help. It has lower sugar and sodium than the sauce in my recipe. Just fix the meat and sauce using their recipe and then continue with my recipe.
  • Whatever changes you make to your Sloppy Joe Deer Casserole, you can recalculate the nutrition facts at myfitnesspal.com

Bon Appétit

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