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Happy Tuesday!  I’m sure everyone has picky eaters and most will tell you that I’m one of those picky eaters.  Tonight’s dinner is a kid approved favorite in our house.  In fact, my lunch plan is usually leftovers from the night before, and tomorrow’s lunch was in jeopardy is being eaten by my husband!  What is this delicious dish you might ask?  Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole.  Now, I will be the first to admit that it’s not the most attractive looking dish.  Don’t let looks prevent you from trying this dish.  It’s based on a recipe from Once A Month Meals and  makes 2- 8″ round pans worth.  Our family of 4 will empty the pan, so if you have a bigger family, you’ll want to make it into 1 dish. Of course I love to make this in disposable pans with lids that crimp on when I make them.  This dish does require some cooking on your BIG cook day, but it isn’t too difficult.  Well worth it!  Enjoy dinner everyone!

 

Bacon Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef, browned
  • 10.75 ounces cream of mushroom or cream of onion soup (make your own, or grab a can at the store)
  • 10.75 ounces cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons dried minced onions
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons pepper
  • 20 ounces frozen french fries or tater tots
  • 1/2 – 1 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1/2- 1 cup shredded cheese

Cooking day ingredients:

  • ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, pickle relish, or another other topping of choice

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, both soups, garlic, dried  minced onion, salt and pepper.  Pour into 2 round or square cake pans.  I prefer to use the ones with the crimp lids.  Divide french fries or tots evenly over the top of the ground beef mixture.  Bake 350F for 45-50 minutes or until french fries are golden brown.  Top with crumbled bacon and cheese and return to the oven until the cheese is melted.  Add your favorite burger toppings and serve.

Freezing Directions:

Prepare as above, but do not bake.  Cover tightly with either aluminum foil or your crimp lid.  Be sure to label your dish and add the cooking day directions. When your’re ready to eat this dish, thaw first.  Bake 350F for 45-50 minutes or until french fries or tots are golden brown.  Serve with pickles, onions, and ketchup if desired.

Servings: 4 per pan (you could probably feed 5 or 6 if you don’t have kids that LOVE this!)

Notes:  An easy shortcut for using crumbled bacon is to buy the precooked variety.  I buy a big bag at Costco near the spices.  Fresh bacon also works, but takes longer and creates another pan for me to wash.  My husband prefers to put this dish under the broiler after adding the cheese and bacon to get it nice and bubbly.  Keep an eye on it or you’ll burn your wonderful dinner!

This recipe is based on the original Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole from Once A Month Meals.

 

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