cheeseburger bites

Have you seen Food Inc.? Well if you haven’t might I suggest you pick it up? You’ll never pass a McDonald’s and simultaneously crave a hamburger again.

It was prior to me watching this flick that my dear friend Sus and I were talking about how gross it is that our little people devour those cheeseburgers like they’ve been starved for weeks on end. It amazed us!

That night I was whipping up some spaghetti meat and sauce for dinner. I still had our conversation regarding the golden arches on the brain so I thought I would make Hope some mini-meatballs to eat with dinner…we’re in a dipping phase…if it can be dipped it will be consumed.

And then I got to wondering what it would be like to put a little ball of cheese in the middle…the rest is history. They’re SUPER yum!

CHEESEBURGER BITES!!!

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground meat

1/4 shredded cheese (we use cheddar but anything would work)

A variety of seasonings…season to taste

Directions:

1. Make balls out of the cheese that are slightly smaller than a marble.

2. After seasoning the meat as much or as little as you like, grab some meat and form a meatball around the cheese ball (the more meat/cheese the longer they will take to cook).

3. Once you’ve made the bites, you can cook them one of two ways…either cook them in a pan (which is what I’ve shown here) or bake them at 350 for about 10-12 minutes, turning once mid-way through the bake.

4. Serve hot with your favorite condiment and home fries!

HOME FRIES!!!

The second time I made cheeseburger bites we had a few extra potatoes in the cupboard and I thought I’d try to make something diner worthy out of them.

Ingredients:

1 Baking Potato (vary the quantity based on how many people you’re feeding)

Canola oil

Sea Salt

Directions:

1. After washing the potato, use a mandolin to slice the potato. While slicing the potato, allow your oil to heat on the stove top.

2. Place potatoes in hot oil and season with a dash of sea salt.

3. After a few minutes, check to see how brown they’re getting on the under side. Cook longer if you like ’em crispy or flip ’em if you’d rather eat ’em soft. Allow to cook on the other side about the same amount of time.

4. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel. Blot excess oil and serve with cheeseburger bites!

A relatively easy substitution for the .99 cent cheeseburger and they taste so much better…plus, if you’re little people like dipping as much as mine does they’ll be a sure fire hit!

Doesn’t that look like a meal you’d go for???

*Also, I’m thinking that you could use the entire pound of ground meat, make a ton of these little guys, cook them and then freeze what you don’t use immediately. Pull ’em out of the freezer and reheat as you need them. If anyone has thoughts on this or tries it let me know!

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