Don't get me wrong, I love cooking. But I've been SO uninspired in the kitchen for dinners lately. Maybe it's because we have had quite a few bouts of flu going around our house. Or because I spend most of my days creating fun recipes for my job. Some nights, by the time 5:00 hits, I'm just staring at the fridge, hoping for a cooked meal to pop out at me. I wish! Can't I have a magical twitch to my nose like Samantha on Bewitched?!
Last night, I had ground turkey but no ideas what to do with it. I wanted a burger, but it was still partially frozen. I remembered seeing something on Rachael Ray once about a cheeseburger casserole and I just went with it.
The verdict? EVERYONE loved it. It tastes just like McDonald's double cheeseburgers. We don't do much McD's, but those double cheeseburgers are hard to resist...especially after a nasty post-wedding hangover! (We had quite a few weddings this summer...I learned the hard way)
Served with some of our favorite tots and green beans, this was a tasty meal that hit the table in about 30 minutes!
Turkey Cheeseburger Casserole
Here's what you need:
- 1 package of Jennie-O lean ground turkey (about 1.25 lbs)
- 2 cups of elbow noodles, cooked al dente (about 5-6 minutes)
- 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup relish
- 2 pickle spears, chopped (more or less to taste)
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon each- onion & garlic powder
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
- Optional: chopped bacon (I put it on half of ours)
- Preheat oven to 400.
- In a large pan, brown ground turkey for 4-5 minutes. Add onions, mustard, Worcestershire, onion and garlic powder. Brown until turkey is completely cooked. Do not drain.
- Add pickles, relish, tomatoes, tomato paste. Once thoroughly heated, slowly pour in noodles. Stir.
- Pour into casserole dish and top with cheese (and optional bacon). Bake 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and drool-worthy.
What's your go-to meal when you're in a cooking rut?