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Gluten-Free Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Updated March 23, 2019

I used to love a good old Betty Crocker casserole for sure!  

And thought wouldn’t it be fun to take some classics and adapt them to my dietary restrictions now that I can eat goat cheese.  

So I’ve been on a casserole kick lately.  And you know what I haven’t had in about 7 or 8 years – a Philly Cheesesteak.  

So I’m all over adapting this Betty Crocker recipe for Philly Cheese and Ground Beef Casserole into a gluten-free cheesesteak casserole!

Gluten-Free Cheesesteak Casserole

How are we going to adapt the recipe to make it gluten-free, cleaner and fit within all my dietary needs?

  • We’re going to use all organic vegetables, especially the bell peppers.
  • I’m going make it gluten-free by substituting the bread topping using this recipe but with a blend of 1/2 cup sweet white rice flour and 1/2 cup millet flour. 
  • And to deal with casein and dairy issues, I’m using ghee instead of butter.  
  • And I’m super excited because I found wonderful Dutch goat cheese slices at Trader Joe’s (mild flavor and are melty enough to work in this casserole).
  • My husband isn’t a huge fan of mushrooms so we are going to use a little less and chop them very finely to get the umami flavor without the mushroom texture.
  • I also add a little steak seasoning to give the beef a little more flavor.  We buy organic spices in bulk and I make up my own steak seasoning blend.  Here is a recipe to copycat McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning.  
  • We also like to use a mixture of Pink Himalayan salt and iodized salt instead of just one or the other to get the benefits of both (taste test as you go along adding salt here or there when needed).

In order to make the casserole you will need a large pan to cook the beef and mushrooms.  Once the beef is done, place it into a deep casserole dish.  Then cook the veggies and ghee in the same skillet.  Then layer the beef and cooked veggies with cheese.  Make up the bread mixture and pour over the top.  Bake and then enjoy your gluten-free cheesesteak casserole!  We sure did. 🙂

Gluten-Free Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Love casseroles, but trying to clean up your diet? This is a gluten-free version of a comfort food classic, Philly cheesesteak, turned into an easy-to-make healthified casserole!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword philly cheesesteak casserole
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Deana Larkin Evans

Ingredients

  • 1 lb antibiotic-hormone-free ground beef
  • 4 oz cremini mushroom caps, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt as needed
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 large organic onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 organic red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 organic green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 cloves organic garlic, finely minced
  • 8 slices Trader Joe's Goat's Milk Dutch cheese

Bread Topping

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup coconut milk creamer
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup millet flour
  • 2 tsp guar gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Wash and prep all the vegetables. Usually the mushrooms are washed under filtered water then wiped with a paper towel before chopping.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degree F.
  3. Add the ground beef, chopped mushrooms, steak seasoning, and freshly ground black pepper to a large skillet and cook over medium high heat. Stir with a wooden spoon to break up the meat until the meat is cooked through, about 8 minutes. Drain off any excess fat. Transfer to either a 13x9 or deep dish 9x9 casserole baking dish. Taste to see if it needs any more salt.

  4. Wipe down the skillet and then add the ghee to the skillet and melt over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell peppers and garlic with and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. Prepare the bread topping by whisking the eggs, coconut milk and olive oil together in a medium size bowl (or 2-cup measuring glass). Add the flours, guar gum and salt to the liquid mixture and stir until well combined.

  6. Next assemble the casserole. Add the onion and pepper mixture over the meat in the casserole dish.  Add the cheese slices on top of the veggies, layering the cheese over each other slices if necessary. Pour the bread topping next.  Place the casserole dish in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes. 

  7. Let sit for a few minutes after pulling it from the oven before serving. Enjoy!

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Deana Larkin Evans

You get one life - do your best to ENJOY IT! So hi, I'm Deana. This food blog is all about cooking wholesome real food and developing gluten free recipes for some of our favorite comfort foods. I also create weekly menus to save time and money while reducing stress and food waste. I had to start eating gluten-free in 2010 and dairy/casein-free (except for the occasional Parmesan or goat cheese) in 2014. I'm kind of a science nerd, too. In the '90s, I earned an undergrad degree in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em! Then followed up with a PhD in biochemistry and a law degree from the University of Houston. I recently earned a certificate in genomics/sequence analysis from Johns Hopkins University, where I also took a very cool food microbiology course. Currently, I'm studying the microbiome and gut health. And trying to come up with recipes to feed those gut bugs! #feedthegutbugs

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