Monday, March 17, 2014

New Recipe: Bacon Cheese Burger Casserole

I actually tried this recipe a while back but am only now getting around to posting about it. I had been combing through my old issues of Kraft Food & Family and stumbled across this recipe for Bacon Cheese Burger Casserole. It's a bit outside the box for me as far as casseroles. Almost all the casseroles I make have chicken in them. I just don't cook with beef with that much. I guess that's what made me want to try this. Well, that and I live with two burger lovers who I thought might enjoy something like this (and they did).

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 4 cups (1/2 of a 32 oz. pkg) frozen tater tots
  1. Heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Brown the meat with onions in a skillet and drain. Stir in ketchup and mustard; spoon into 9-inch square casserole dish (that you've sprayed with cooking spray).
  3. Top with cheese, bacon, and tater tots.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until casserole is heated through and the tater tots are golden brown.
Recipe Source: Kraft Recipes

  • I'm not a fan of chunky onions in my food so when I can help it - such as in this recipe - I use onion powder.
  • Shocker: I used more than one cup of cheese. I also used a few extra slices of bacon. Sue me.
  • I was initially put off by mixing the ketchup & mustard into the meat. I have no idea why since that's pretty normal on a burger but it weirded me out. But you know what? It was good. And not an overwhelming ketchup/mustard flavor either.
  • The recipe says to use frozen tater tots and that worked out fine. I didn't come across any uncooked potatoes (a turn-off for sure) but in the future I think I'll thaw them. I like my tater tots crispy and I would have overcooked the casserole to get them up to my crispy standards.
  • Dishes like this make me think "What do we have with it?!" because I don't feel like its enough all by itself. So I served it with salad but some veggies would be good too.
  • Easy weeknight or any night meal. It could even be made the night before so you can just pop it in the oven when you get home. Good stuff.

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