Sheet Pan Smashburger Fries.

Smashburger fries are the best weekend snack. They are a hit for game day, any appetizer or a lazy sunday. Crispy, thin fries, topped with cheese sauce, tiny smashburger pieces, house sauce, pickles and jalapeños. One of the best things ever! If this doesn’t scream “WEEKEND” as loud as possible, I don’t know what does. […]

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Smashburger fries are the best weekend snack. They are a hit for game day, any appetizer or a lazy sunday. Crispy, thin fries, topped with cheese sauce, tiny smashburger pieces, house sauce, pickles and jalapeños. One of the best things ever!

If this doesn’t scream “WEEKEND” as loud as possible, I don’t know what does.

sheet pan smashburger fries

I mean, smashburger fries. Cheeseburger fries! Crispy crunchy oven fries topped with cheese sauce, a few smashburger pieces, dipping sauce, pickles and more. 

MY DREAM.

fries with cheese sauce

These probably don’t need many words. They are the best combination of delicious, weekend game day food and a sheet pan mess that everyone loves. 

sheet pan smashburger fries

I made these fries because we are obsessed with the smash burger fries at one of our favorite local burger joints. Like, we fight over them. They add caramelized onions and theirs are a little spicy, but oh my heavens are they incredible. 

And then I figured I could make them at home! So I did.

Now our lives are basically over because we want to eat these all the time. They are fancy oven fries with the best of both worlds: the burger and fries on the same pan. 

sheet pan smashburger fries

Now here’s the thing. 

We’re doing frozen fries here. You know what? It’s almost impossible to get crispy crunchy fries in the oven – I’ve done some here on the blog a few times. But it’s WORK. There’s the whole soaking-the-potatoes thing ahead of time and all that. It’s not worth it for this recipe. Find a good bag of frozen fries and use those. You can even make them in the air fryer if you want – but you still need to have the oven on to bring everything together sheet-pan style. 

It’s important to use some frozen fries because we’re already going to make the cheese sauce and the smash burgers. I also like to make a drizzle for the top. You could even do my howsweeteats house sauce!

sheet pan smashburger fries

Anyway, here’s how I make them!

I bake or air fry my frozen fries. Whatever is easiest for you. Do the whole bag… trust me. 

While the fries are crisping up, I make a little homemade cheese sauce. Nothing unusual – something we make here often. It’s creamy and cheesy and extra perfect drizzled on fries.

I also make some smash burger pieces! This is exactly what you think it is. I tear apart some ground beef and essentially make tiny smash burgers in a hot skillet. You can also make regular smash burgers and tear them apart. Either way, you want smaller pieces than actual burgers so you can get bites of it with the fries. 

sheet pan smashburger fries

Next, I do a quick thousand island-ish dressing. You can make this ahead of time – it stays great in the fridge for a few days. Here’s the thing: I have never loved thousand island dressing, but on a smash burger? It’s everything. I highly suggest making this because the drizzle on top adds so much. 

I also like to slice jalapeños and pickles. You can add ANYTHING you want on there. Yes, you can do caramelized onions or diced raw onion. You could even do chopped tomatoes. Whatever you like on your burgers! 

Then it’s time to assemble. The fries are done – top them with the silky cheese sauce. Top with the smashburgers and then MORE cheese sauce. Do a little drizzle of the dressing. Your pickles, jalapeños, anything else you love.

sheet pan smashburger fries

And then go.to.town.

YES. Hello. It’s the weekend. These were made for us.   (more…)

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Baked Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs.

This baked spaghetti squash and meatballs is a lovely weeknight meal! Roasted spaghetti squash tossed with marinara, mozzarella cheese and browned meatballs, baked until cheese and melty and golden. Delicious! I’m all about the cozy dishes right now! This spaghetti squash and meatball bake is amazing. It can’t be beat. It’s so delicious, hearty and […]

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This baked spaghetti squash and meatballs is a lovely weeknight meal! Roasted spaghetti squash tossed with marinara, mozzarella cheese and browned meatballs, baked until cheese and melty and golden. Delicious!

I’m all about the cozy dishes right now!

baked spaghetti squash and meatballs

This spaghetti squash and meatball bake is amazing. It can’t be beat. It’s so delicious, hearty and perfect for the season as the weather cools down and we bring out all the sweaters and scarves. 

baked spaghetti squash and meatballs

We loooove spaghetti squash season! I mean, sure, technically it can be found in every season these days. But the fall will forever have me craving spaghetti squash. After roasting, the squash is so nutty and flavorful. I have no interest in using it as a substitute for pasta – I love to use it for its own flavor and purpose. The kids love it too! 

Here’s just a few of our favorites: spaghetti squash parmesan, fire roasted spaghetti squash, buffalo chicken spaghetti squash, broccoli cheddar spaghetti squash, lemon butter spaghetti squash and three cheese spaghetti squash. YUM.

roasted spaghetti squash

This meal is pretty darn easy – roast your squash, brown some meatballs, bring it all together with marinara and cheese. I make baked spaghetti often, it’s a highly requested dish in this house. So I knew it would be perfect with the tender strands of spaghetti squash. 

Deeeeelish.

meatballs on a baking sheet

This is how it comes together! If you go in this order, you’ll have it made fairly efficiently and quickly. 

I slice the squash and prep it to bake! This means remove all the seeds (my favorite way to do this is with a serrated spoon!), add a sprinkle of salt, a drizzle of olive oil and flip it cut-side down on a pan. I roast mine for 20 to 25 minutes depending on the size. 

spaghetti squash, meatballs and marinara

Then I start the meatballs! I make the meatball mixture, roll them into balls and begin to brown them in the pan. You want them to be golden and seared on all sides, but they don’t have to be cooked through. They will finish cooking in the oven. 

By the time the meatballs are browning, the squash is just finishing up. I let it cool until I can comfortably touch it and then use a fork to pull out the squash strands. 

baked spaghetti squash and meatballs ready for the oven

I think this is most delicious when it is layered with marinara. So I spread some marinara on the bottom of a baking dish and I’ll add the scraped squash noodles on top of it. 

Then come our meatballs! I nestle them in with the spaghetti squash. I do another good layer of marinara then sprinkle on lots of cheese. It’s time bake!

I bake until the dish is melty and cheesy and golden brown. Then add a sprinkling of fresh herbs and it’s done!

baked spaghetti squash and meatballs

This is SO comforting and wonderful. Eddie said he could eat it every single week. 

Now, you probably can use frozen meatballs for this. I haven’t tried, but I suggest baking for the time that it’s called for on the packaging. You can also use any variety of meat for this: pork, chicken, beef, turkey – any of it. 

baked spaghetti squash and meatballs

Just look at that cheesy perfection!

baked spaghetti squash and meatballs

The leftovers are also incredible! They reheat great and are just as delicious. Very much like traditional baked spaghetti – the flavors get even better as they sit.

And my family just LOVES meals like this – where everything is in one dish. For some reason, the meatballs and squash served together like this is better than cooking them separately. (more…)

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Kung Pao Beef

KUNG PAO BEEFMost people have heard of and tried kung pao chicken, but have you heard of Kung Pao Beef? It’s the beefy version of kung pao chicken and on man is it delicious! It’s so quick and easy to make, packed with tons of flavors with …

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Cheesy Weeknight Tortellini Skillet.

This cheesy tortellini skillet is one of our favorite weeknight meals. Especially good for back-to-school season, this skillet has a quick marinara meat sauce, cheese tortellini, fresh mozzarella and tons of basil. Baked until melty – it’s perfect.  Dinner is going to be sooooo delicious tonight.  It’s official back-to-school time for us so I am […]

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This cheesy tortellini skillet is one of our favorite weeknight meals. Especially good for back-to-school season, this skillet has a quick marinara meat sauce, cheese tortellini, fresh mozzarella and tons of basil. Baked until melty – it’s perfect. 

Dinner is going to be sooooo delicious tonight. 

cheesy weeknight tortellini skillet

It’s official back-to-school time for us so I am breaking out my menu plan and adding in all of our favorite easy weeknight meals. This is a newer one that I am so excited to share with you – everyone in this house ate it right up.

cheesy weeknight tortellini skillet

It’s easy. 

Customizable! 

Super delicious. 

And cheesy. You know we can’t go wrong there. 

Baked cheesy (and beefy!) ravioli is where it’s at. I love to make a dinner that EVERYONE is excited about. This is the kind of dinner that you look forward to all day. The one that tastes like home, is everyone’s favorite and occasionally… eaten up so there are no leftovers!

I mean, sad about the leftovers but a huge win when everyone loves it so much. 

ground beef and marinara

It’s pretty darn simple and semi-homemade with a jar of marinara. Here’s how I do it!

ground beef, marinara, tortellini

To start, I brown ground beef or turkey in an oven-safe skillet. We’re going to throw the whole skillet in the oven, so just start it right in that pan. I season it a bit more with salt, pepper, garlic, basil and oregano. 

Then I throw in a jar of my favorite marinara! We love Rao’s and I have a ton in my pantry. I’d say we go through two jars or every single week. 

I also cook some tortellini! I like to do a cheese or spinach tortellini for this recipe. You can use whatever flavor you love or whatever you have on hand. Cheese is my number one though. It just goes perfectly. 

cheesy weeknight tortellini skillet

The tortellini cooks fast, so while it’s a pain that you need to cook it ahead of time, it only takes about three minutes once the water is boiling. Once it’s down, I drain it and throw it in the pan with the meat sauce.

Next, I top everything with some torn fresh mozzarella. Oh yum. 

Finally – bake it! Place the skillet in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or so, just until the cheese melts and everything is warm and melty. Top it with tons of fresh basil and serve it. 

cheesy weeknight tortellini skillet

This is SUCH a huge hit. It reminds me a lot of my burrata baked ravioli dish from last year, and we adore that. So I’m always looking for similar dishes that everyone may love.

The best part is that this is very customizable depending on what you have, love or your preferences. You can stir in some spinach like I do with my ravioli. You could add extra veggies, a spicier marinara, use an impossible meat variety or even switch up the cheese. And of course – the tortellini flavor is up to you. 

cheesy weeknight tortellini skillet

We can’t get enough.

This is the perfect weeknight meal for us during the school year. It’s incredibly cozy and comforting, easy to throw together and feeds a crowd. I pair with a big house salad and it’s incredibly satisfying. If you really want to take things over the top, add in some of my best garlic bread from Everyday Dinners.

cheesy weeknight tortellini skillet

ENJOY. (more…)

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Weeknight Taco Stuffed Avocados.

These taco stuffed avocados are super delicious! Halved avocados filled with seasoned ground beef, chopped tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and crushed tortilla chips for the ultimate weeknight meal. We’re making cute little taco avocados today!!  These taco avocados are filled with seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes and crunchy crushed tortilla chips for that […]

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These taco stuffed avocados are super delicious! Halved avocados filled with seasoned ground beef, chopped tomatoes, cheese, lettuce and crushed tortilla chips for the ultimate weeknight meal.

We’re making cute little taco avocados today!! 

weeknight taco stuffed avocados

These taco avocados are filled with seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes and crunchy crushed tortilla chips for that classic taco flavor. They are irresistible! 

weeknight taco stuffed avocados

I love these avocados because you can make them for one, or for a family. You can make them with leftover taco ingredients from taco night and you can add whatever toppings you love. There is no wrong way to make them. You just have to find a nice ripe avocado and you’re set. 

seasoned ground beef

I’ve made stuffed avocados before – both times with chicken! I’ve done cheesy chicken stuffed avocados AND chicken salad stuffed avocados, so I love this new little twist.

In fact, I wanted to call these “walking taco avocados” but I realize that completely defeats the purpose of the walking taco in a bag of chips. My thinking was that all the toppings are actually ON the avocado. So yeah, the name is cute but it’s a no go because none of us are literally walking around with a stuffed avocado in our hands. Whomp whomp. 

avocados

Anyway, let’s talk filling!

I use my seasoned ground beef from my weeknight ground beef tacos. I keep the beef mixture on the drier side (but not in a bad way!) for the avocados so they aren’t as messy. My mom always made a saucier ground beef mixture for tacos and I often do too, but the drier version works so well here. I do include the saucier version below as well, so you can choose whichever you like.

sliced avocados with taco meat

Below, you will also find the homemade seasoning mixture for the tacos. I love it because it doesn’t taste like straight 100% cumin and salt. There’s a bit more smoky flavor. Now if you have a taco seasoning packet you adore – use that! Keep it simple.

weeknight taco stuffed avocados

For the rest of the toppings, I like to do a really classic taco.

Think like a ground beef taco from the 90s.

Shredded lettuce.

Shredded cheddar,

Chopped tomatoes.

Maybe even some taco sauce if you have it. (I do have it: an excellent recipe for it is in Everyday Dinners!). 

Crushed tortilla chips of course!

We all love these, aside from Eddie who isn’t the biggest avocado fan. The kids though? Totally sold on them.

They are easy, great for leftovers and can come together fast. I like to serve them with the beef warm (so the cheese melts slightly too!), but you can also serve them completely cold. They are super flavorful and very satisfying thanks to the avocado. A must make! (more…)

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Grilled Skirt Steak Salad

GRILLED SKIRT STEAK SALADOur Grilled Skirt Steak Salad with fresh peaches and creamy burrata is one of our favorite things to serve guests during the summer. It’s so fresh, packed with so much flavor, super satisfying, and the best part? -it&#821…

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Best Chili Recipe (Kitchen Sink Chili)

BEST CHILI RECIPE (KITCHEN SINK CHILI)We LOVE chili and think we have the Best Chili Recipe ever! I know people are bias and sensitive about chili, but if you’re looking for a rich, flavor packed chili that’s easy to make and comes together…

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Smoky Chipotle Layered Taco Dip.

Here’s a spin on the classic taco dip! I make a smoky chipotle beef, layer it with beans and sour cream and salsa verde and load it up with toppings for the perfect layered taco dip. It’s so delicious! Raise your hand if you’d like to eat layered taco dip for dinner! Or let’s be […]

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Here’s a spin on the classic taco dip! I make a smoky chipotle beef, layer it with beans and sour cream and salsa verde and load it up with toppings for the perfect layered taco dip. It’s so delicious!

Raise your hand if you’d like to eat layered taco dip for dinner!

smoky chipotle layered taco dip

Or let’s be real – just about every single meal. It is the best.

Sign me up for bottomless chips, margaritas and a plate of this deliciousness. I am a happy girl! 

seasoned taco ground beef

This is my slightly elevated version of the layered taco dip that we all grew up eating and loved so much.

You know – beans, sour cream, guac, olives, tomatoes? That one?

I do like that one, but I make one that we like a little more. Especially Eddie, considering the guac and olives are a no go for him. 

This version is a bit more satisfying, a little fancier and kind of even reminds me of my turkey taco nacho skillet

refried beans + sour cream + salsa verde

I can’t even express how good this is! It is SO flavorful, the perfect party plate and something you’ll want to make over and over. Game day, BBQ, dinner party – the works! Make it for all the things. 

This dip has lots of texture, tons of flavor and looks super pretty on a plate too. I like to serve it on a platter where you can actually see some of the layers and colors, but you could throw it in a baking dish too! 

smoky chipotle layered taco dip

This is how we layer!

I start with the classic refried beans layer. I LOVE refried beans. They make the best base layer, especially because they are heavier than everything else. 

Next, I do a layer of sour cream and salsa verde, combined. YES. This is so super delicious. I simply stir together some salsa verde and sour cream and spread it on top of the refried beans.

The next layer is our smoky chipotle ground beef. You could do ground turkey, chicken or even a plant based version. I sprinkle it all over the sour cream. This is amazing for the texture and of course, flavor. 

smoky chipotle layered taco dip

Cheese! Sharp cheddar is my go-to, but you can choose your favorite here. What do you love on a taco? Grate it and sprinkle it all over the beef layer. 

Then it’s time to load on the toppings. I like to do tomatoes, then shredded lettuce, some cilantro and green onions. I kind of toss it all together and throw it on.

Finally, pickled onions for the win! You know I can’t live without these. Pretty pink color and a wonderful tangy bite. They are one of my most favorite ingredients of all time. 

smoky chipotle layered taco dip

Because I make this for get-togethers, I usually skip an avocado layer. I KNOW! I know that sounds crazy. There are a few reasons for that. First, I just don’t love store-bought guac. I can’t ever get into it. And that’s what people usually use for the guac layer.

And second, I like to prep this ahead of time or let it sit for a bit and the avocado browning just brings down the vibe. I like to keep it vibrant and pretty!

smoky chipotle layered taco dip

When I add avocado, I just cube it and sprinkle it on top with the lettuce and scallions and tomatoes right before serving. 

And the other option I love is to serve a bowl of guac on the side so you have the best of both worlds. Layered taco dip AND guac. No need to play favorites here. 

Serve this with lots of chips, an icy beer or a margarita on the rocks. HEAVEN.  (more…)

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Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole is everything you need for a cozy weeknight dinner. Even better, the recipe easily doubles or triples to feed a crowd! When Elle was little, she went through an anti-casserole phase. She would happily eat meals like Homemade Sloppy Joes or Ritz Cracker Chicken, but having all her food in one …

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Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole is everything you need for a cozy weeknight dinner. Even better, the recipe easily doubles or triples to feed a crowd!

White plate with cheeseburger tater tot casserole next to green beans and salad

When Elle was little, she went through an anti-casserole phase. She would happily eat meals like Homemade Sloppy Joes or Ritz Cracker Chicken, but having all her food in one pot sort of freaked her out.

And man, did I really miss casseroles during that time. 

There’s just something about casseroles that makes them so comforting to me. Plus, casseroles are such a game changer when you’re trying to better your dinner game in the midst of a hectic schedule.

So I was pretty excited when I finally got her to try this Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole and she loved it! It’s been a weeknight dinner go-to around here ever since.

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Mushroom Bacon Blue Burger Salads with Warm Dijon Vinaigrette.

This mushroom bacon burger salad is so satisfying and ridiculously delicious. Sautéed mushrooms and onions, gorgonzola cheese, crispy bacon and a warm dijon mustard vinaigrette. YUM. Raise your hand if you’re obsessed with burger salads! Burgers and salads, yes. Burgers turned into salads? Even better. One of my all-time favorite recipes on the blog is […]

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This mushroom bacon burger salad is so satisfying and ridiculously delicious. Sautéed mushrooms and onions, gorgonzola cheese, crispy bacon and a warm dijon mustard vinaigrette. YUM.

Raise your hand if you’re obsessed with burger salads!

mushroom bacon burger salads with warm dijon vinaigrette

Burgers and salads, yes. Burgers turned into salads? Even better.

ground beef with ketchup and mustard

One of my all-time favorite recipes on the blog is my cheeseburger salad. It’s one of yours too! It’s so satisfying and just overall very delicious. Plus, it has a pickle vinaigrette that is out of this world. 

I don’t know why I never thought about cheeseburger salad earlier in life, but I was definitely missing out. 

It has all the goodness of a burger, just in a big bowl without the bun. If the bun is your favorite opart, you could always use croutons. Easy as that. 

spring greens with burger and gorgonzola

One of the main reasons I love a burger salad is because I don’t love super thick burgers. You know? I do love very thin smash-burger patties. Like LOVE them. But super thick burgers are not for me. So to ensure that I get all the burger-y things I love in one bowl, I crumble up the burger and add all the toppings. 

In this case, a bacon blue burger salad.

So I’ve wanted to make a bacon blue burger salad for ages. Think caramelized onions and mushrooms, gorgonzola cheese, crunchy bacon – the works. It’s definitely indulgent and incredible, but you can take a few liberties when making it to fit your needs. There is no real recipe!

P.S. if you’re not a blue cheese fan, I highly suggest some swiss cheese here! Or gruyere. YESSSS. 

mushroom bacon burger salads with warm dijon vinaigrette

My original cheeseburger salad is a chopped salad. That is my favorite variety of salad, and you can certainly chop this one all up! 

For this burger salad, I brown the ground beef (or turkey!) and stir in some ketchup and mustard. I do this in all my burger recipes and promise it is KEY!! to the perfect burger-ish flavor.

Then I sauté the onions, mushrooms and garlic. I usually cook the bacon in a separate skillet, just to make both things happen quickly!

Next, it’s time to layer. I like a bunch of spring greens and baby spinach. Layer on the crumbled ground beef, the mushrooms and onions, the gorgonzola and bacon. I love to use cherry tomatoes and scallions for extra pops of flavor.

Finally, the dressing!

For me, the best part is the dijon vinaigrette. We know I’m a mustard girl through and through. The dijon dressing is just the perfect complement to all the burger flavors, with enough tart and briney flavor to offset the bacon and gorgonzola. I love serving it warm, like a hot bacon dressing or my hot ginger dressing, because it really adds something special to the salad. (more…)

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