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Kids can take a hand in making this dish

(ran SP edition)

For a simple dish based on ground beef, for a weekend supper or lunch that youngsters will enjoy, try Sloppy Joe Biscuit Cups.

The dish will take about half an hour to get ready. The kids can be invited to take a hand in preparing it, but remember _ that may add playful minutes to cooking time.

The sloppy Joe mixture is made from ground beef, browned first, and barbecue sauce. Older kids can help here, but with supervision, since the stove is used. Everyone can help press the biscuits into muffin pans, fill with beef and put cheese strips on top.

Serve with cut-up fruits and raw vegetables, and your meal is quickly ready.

Sloppy Joe Biscuit Cups

1 pound lean ground beef

\ cup finely chopped celery

\ cup finely chopped onion

\ cup finely chopped green bell pepper

{ cup prepared barbecue sauce

\ teaspoon salt

2-ounce can refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits

5 slices (1 ounce each) Cheddar cheese, quartered

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef, celery, onion and bell pepper 6 minutes or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink, breaking beef up into {-inch crumbles. Pour off drippings. Stir in barbecue sauce and salt. Simmer, uncovered, 2-3 minutes; stir occasionally.

Meanwhile, place 1 biscuit into each of 10 ungreased standard-size muffin cups; press dough firmly onto bottoms and up sides of cups. Spoon about \ cup of beef mixture into each biscuit cup.

Bake in 400-degree oven 10-15 minutes or until edges of biscuits are golden brown. Arrange 2 pieces of cheese on top of each biscuit cup. Continue baking 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 1 minute. Loosen edges of biscuit cups before removing from pan.

Five slices (} ounce each) American cheese may be substituted for the Cheddar cheese.

To reheat 1 biscuit cup, place on microwave dish. Microwave on high 30-40 seconds.

Preparation and cooking time: about 35 minutes.

Makes 10 servings (serving size 1 biscuit cup). Per serving: 265 calories, 14 gm protein, 17 gm carbohydrate, 16 gm fat, 635 mg sodium, 43 mg cholesterol.

Source: National Cattlemen's Beef Association.