The holiday baking season has arrived, and any mom, anywhere, can be a kitchen superstar- really! Supplied with a handful of impossibly easy make-ahead recipes using ingredients you already have in your kitchen, there is no reason you can’t create delicious foods that still let you have plenty of time to actually enjoy the holidays.
Bisquick is the key ingredient for these easy recipes, letting you spend your Christmas day watching your kids unwrap presents and laughing with family, instead of hours in the kitchen. I perused Betty Crocker’s list of Make Ahead Meals with Bisquick to help me get my Betty on, and I found some really great recipes I wanted to try and share…like how about some Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake? Or Impossibly Easy Bacon Cheeseburger Balls? Or Impossibly Easy Chicken Pot Pie? Yum!
What makes Betty Crocker’s Easy Meals so impossibly easy? They have few ingredients, pretty much all of which are in your pantry or refrigerator already, with baking times that are usually only 20-45 minutes. This weekend I wanted to try out Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie with my family (truth be told, my husband picked it out and was very excited about it), and the ingredients really were all things I had on hand:
Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/2 cup Original Bisquick™ mix
1 cup milk
(only 7 ingredients!)
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray.
2. In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in salt. Spread in pie plate. Sprinkle with cheese.
3. In small bowl, stir remaining ingredients with fork or wire whisk until blended. Pour into pie plate.
4. Bake about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Once the ingredients are mixed it can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking, so you can have it ready to bake the day before a big event or holiday- what a great time saver! That means I can just pop this into the oven after a busy and fun-filled Christmas Day (or Saturday), made-ahead, and enjoy a delicious dinner with my family in about 25 minutes without any extra work on my part. I never knew Bisquick was so convenient, but now that I do, it’s the newest staple in my kitchen.
So while it baked, my husband and I took my sons down the block to the park. Usually just my husband takes them, while I stay home and make dinner, but then I would have missed my sons pretending to play chess with non-existant chess pieces (and they actually made up an entirely new game with the boxes too, which is amazingly creative, and I’m glad I didn’t miss it).
And in case you were wondering…it was really, really, really good. I can see why Impossibly Easy Cheeseburger Pie is an enduring favorite recipe by Bisquick for so many, it’s soooo good.The cheeseburger pie slices can be topped in the same way you’d top a regular cheeseburger, whether with ketchup and mustard or avocados and sour cream- whatever your taste buds want. Lately I’m on a cilantro kick so that peppery herb garnished mine, and it was awesome.
You can find also find our Make Ahead Pizza Bake recipe here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Betty Crocker via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.