For the last decade, I have cast aside my cookbooks. I love to read cookbooks, but it just seems too much of a pain to actually use them in the kitchen when I have a computer and Pinterest.
However. In the last 6 months, I’ve bought 7 cookbooks, and I decided that if I’m going to buy them, I really should use them.
This week I’m using my new Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book and the kids insisted that I make the Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole. Because who wouldn’t want to eat that for dinner?
It looks strange and unappetizing, which is why there’s not more than one picture. I challenge you to make this casserole and take a great picture of it. Seriously. As soon as I set it on the table, I thought, “Now this looks like a weird recipe that belongs on my friend Kyla‘s blog, Mommy’s Weird!” Tell me I’m wrong!
But it’s good. Extremely delicious. It tastes like a cheeseburger. And those french fries might not look particularly appetizing, but they’re strangely delicious. The kids loved it. The husband loved it. It was easy to put together. The recipe says that it can sit in the fridge overnight and be cooked the next day, which is always helpful for busy households!
Now, I added a few things to this recipe because I’ve made a few “cheeseburger” things before and have found that ground meat, tomato, & cheese does not a cheeseburger make. Add mustard and pickles? You’ve got the taste of a burger!
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
- 1 chopped sweet pepper
- 1 diced onion
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 6-oz can tomato paste
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- 2 large pickles, diced
- 1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
- 4 cups frozen shoestring frenchfries
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onion, and peppers over medium heat until browned. Season with black pepper, and add tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 5 minutes. Stir mustard into the meat sauce.
- Spoon beef mixture into the bottom of a 9x13" pan. In a medium bowl, stir together the condensed soup & sour cream. Spread the soup over the ground meat, sprinkle with bacon, and top with french fries.
- Bake, uncovered, for 40-50 minutes or until potatoes are golden.