Lately I’ve been looking for a few good recipes to create. As my children get older and life gets busier I’ve been looking for easy, fast, delicious meals that the entire family will love. And who doesn’t like a good cheeseburger? Wait. Don’t answer that. Let’s put it this way, the meal I created the other night smelled so good that I even got compliments from my vegetarian brother-in-law.
Basically what I created in the comfort of my kitchen was a concoction of hamburger, cheese, and scalloped potatoes, all perfectly seasoned and then baked. The great thing about this recipe is that it blends the flavors of two traditional American dishes together to create something new. This recipe also has a ton of creative room–you might substitute the hamburger for sausage or even add freshly sliced tomatoes to the layers. About anything you can put on a cheeseburger you can put in this scalloped potatoes (with the exception of lettuce). I added sliced jalapenos to the top of my Cheesy Burger Scalloped Potatoes for an extra Texan kick our entire family loved.
Cheesy Burger Scalloped Potatoes
- 1 pound hamburger
- garlic salt to season
- black pepper to season
- half a small onion, minced
- 1 pound Velveeta, cut into die-sized cubes
- 7-8 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into thin circles
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream, slightly sour is okay
- 6-7 T ketchup (I didn’t really measure, I just squirted it)
Heat a medium pan over medium high heat. Add ground hamburger. When hamburger is slightly pink, drain, then return to pan. Add onions and finish browning hamburger. Drain once more. Season with garlic salt and black pepper. Turn heat off and set aside.
In a greased 12 x 9 x 2 inch casserole, add a layer of potatoes (about one-third total). Add 1/3 of the browned ground beef over the top of the potatoes. Add one third of the Velveeta cubes. Squirt with ketchup over the top of the Velveeta. Then repeat each layer until all potatoes, meat, and cheese is gone. You should be ending with beef, cheese and ketchup. Now pour the heavy whipping cream gently and evenly over the mixture.
Cover lightly with foil and bake at 350 F for 25 minutes. Turn heat to 425 F and continue baking for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted, mixture is bubbly and potatoes are tender. Cool slightly and then enjoy! Will serve a family of five at least twice.