What's for Dinner?
That question may send anxiety into your soul or cause you to look longingly at the nearest drive-thru. Fret not dear ones, we have a recipe that is a winner winner cheesy dinner. It's simple to make and delicious to eat. The fun thing about this recipe is that you can customize it to your liking.
This recipe comes from an old Duncan Hines recipe book my grandmother gave me. I have put my own spin on it over the years and when we've served it to guests at dinner they ask for the recipe.
Hats off to Duncan Hines for giving me the idea. It is basically a cheeseburger in a skillet sans the bun. We serve bread and pickles on the side. Personally, I like it as is. You could also add bacon to it or mushrooms or change the cheese to your liking.
Here is how I made it recently:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Double the recipe and get out another skillet if you have a bigger crowd.
1 lb. uncooked ground beef or ground turkey (I didn't have enough beef so I did 1/2 and 1/2.)
1 c. diced onions
1 can diced tomatoes
1 T. fennel seeds
2 T. garlic (we like our garlic!)
1-2 c. shredded cheddar cheese (Measurement depends on how cheesy you like it. Feel free to use colby cheese or similar cheese if you prefer.)
In a mixing bowl combine meat, diced onions, garlic, and fennel. Place evenly in bottom of skillet. The mixture will shrink when it cooks so pack it thick and not too thin.
Pour the can of tomatoes evenly on top of the meat mixture.
Cover and cook for 20-25 mins. or until meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
Remove cover and carefully drain at least 1/2 of the fat and juices.
Sprinkle with cheese (or load it on heavy) and put back in oven for 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
Serve with bread, pickles, french fries or onion rings (I cook the fries or rings at the same time the skillet burger is cooking.) You can also serve it with a side of fruit and chips. Think cookout but inside without the bugs and hot weather.
There is one ingredient pictured that did not get used. You can substitute a jar of salsa if you don't have a can of tomatoes and/or time to dice onions. It works well too.
Eat and enjoy!
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