In honor of National Cheeseburger Day, here is my version of a lower-fat cheeseburger casserole. I threw this together one day and, if I do say so myself, it kicks butt. Since I have a habit of not measuring, I’ll do my best with the amounts on the ingredients list. Your kids will love this. It tastes like a McDonald’s cheeseburger and fries–sans the 500 lbs. of fat per mouthful, that is. Okay, here we go:
1 lb lean ground beef
1 can tomato paste
1 large onion
1/4 cup ketchup
2 T yellow mustard
2% American cheese slices
salt & pepper to taste
16 oz. jar of small round dill pickles
1.5 lb. steam-in-the-bag Yukon Gold potatoes
Cook onions in a pan with a bit of oil until soft. Add beef and cook until brown. Stir in tomato paste, salt and pepper, ketchup and mustard. Meanwhile, cook the steam-in-bag potatoes in the microwave as per the directions on bag. Cut up cooked potatoes and line a greased 7″ x 11″ pan with them. Add meat mixture. Cover surface with American cheese slices. Bake at 350º F for 20 mins. or so until cheese has melted. Top with pickles and serve.
You’ll want to bring this to your next Super Bowl or tailgate party.
Eggs Benedict Casserole
This is not only a company-worthy breakfast but also a great dinner. I have tweaked this recipe from one I found in a magazine a few years ago. I also don’t add butter and use low-fat or skim milk in the Hollandaise sauce to delude myself about the calorie consumption. I believe I may have forgotten to add the spinach to the casserole pictured above but, in my defense, I recently turned 50 so what do you expect?
2 pkgs. Hollandaise sauce mix (I think Knorrs brand tastes the best.)
A dozen eggs
1 tsp. minced fresh rosemary
2 cups baby spinach
1½ cups cut up Canadian bacon or ham
1.5 lb. steam-in-the bag potatoes (I prefer the Yukon Gold.)
3 sliced plum tomatoes
Prepare the Hollandaise sauce according to the package. (Like I said, I use low-fat or skim milk and omit the butter.) Let the sauce cool and thicken a bit and then whisk it with 2 of the eggs and the rosemary. Meanwhile, microwave the steam-in-the-bag potatoes. Once the potatoes are cooked, spread them out on the bottom of a 13″ x 9″ pan and mash them a bit with a fork. Mix together the remaining 10 eggs in a bowl with a whisk. Pour the eggs over the potatoes. Lay the baby spinach and the tomatoes on top. Pour the Hollandaise sauce over everything. That’s it! Bake uncovered for 30 minutes in a 350ºF oven and you’re good to go. I often make this the night before and let it sit on the counter for a bit in the morning before baking.