Casserole Essentials: Sirloin, Provolone Surprise

Andy Anderson !


Okay, I call this a “Surprise”, because I just made the thing up. Did not know if I would love it, or hate it; however, it came out surprisingly yummy.

It is easy/peasy to assemble, and requires a quick meat sauce, a few select spices, and some cheese. You can vary the spices, and/or the cheese, to make your own version. Mine came out a bit like a pizza without the crust.

The next time I make it, I think I will stir 1 – 2 tablespoons of Parmesan into the meat sauce… Mainly because I like cheese.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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15 Min
20 Min



  • 2 medium
    tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    carrots, small dice
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lb
    ground sirloin
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp
    dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
  • 2 - 3 oz
    tomato sauce
  • 3 slice
    provolone cheese, or cheese of choice

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    add some cayenne or red pepper, for kick
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    throw in a handful of al dente pasta, for some carbs
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    some crusty bread for serving would not be amiss

How to Make Casserole Essentials: Sirloin, Provolone Surprise


  2. Besides a skillet for cooking up the meat sauce, you will need an ovenproof dish for the baking process. I used a ramekin that was 5 x 2.5 inches (12.5 x 6.3cm), and holds a volume of 10 ounces (0.3L).
  3. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350f (175c).
  5. Rough chop the tomatoes, dice the carrots, and reserve.
  6. Add the sirloin to a skillet over medium heat, and cook until just a hint of pink remains, about 3 – 5 minutes.
  7. Add the minced garlic, and dry spices, then stir to combine, about 60 seconds.
  8. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and carrots, then lightly simmer, for about 3 minutes.
  9. Chef’s Note: If you are using some al dente pasta, add it at the end of the 3 minutes.
  10. Chef’s Tip: Give the meat sauce a tasting for proper seasoning, before adding to the ovenproof dish.
  11. Coat an ovenproof dish with a bit of olive oil, and add a slice or provolone to the bottom.
  12. Add half of the meat sauce, then top with another slice of provolone.
  13. Add the remainder of the meat sauce, then top with the final slice of provolone.
  14. Place dish into the preheated oven, and bake until the cheese is nice and bubbly, about 12 – 14 minutes. Then, raise the heat to 375f (190c), and cook until the cheese begins to brown in spots, about 3 – 4 additional minutes.
  16. Allow to rest for 10 minutes, then serve with some crusty bread. Enjoy.
  17. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Casserole Essentials: Sirloin, Provolone Surprise

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free Soy Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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