It’s always nice to have a quick, easy, and fun meal that you can fall back on, and this is one of my new favorites.
We usually have pizza on Friday nights, but once a month I have a celiac support group meeting that requires me to leave by 6:00 p.m. Another week I play cards with girlfriends and have to leave by 6:30 p.m. or earlier. Then sometimes I’m just not feeling up to making gluten-free pizza from scratch.
The kids like to have something special on Friday nights, though. They like something a little more fun than our usual weeknight meals. Cheeseburger fries are pretty fun.
Cheesy fries are nothing new. They aren’t something I make, but I know they exist, and I could have figured this idea out from knowing that. However, it took a recipe from Lynn for Tater Tot Nachos (which sound great too) to get me to make this.
Of course, I’m dairy free so cheese is out for me. While I do prepare a lot fewer meals with cheese than I used to, I don’t rule it out altogether. In this case, I made a separate small dish of fries and used Daiya cheese substitute. It worked well.
Please remember that not all frozen French fries or tater tots are gluten free. You should read the label and call the manufacturer if you are unsure. You can see a list of Ore Ida’s gluten-free products here.
- 2 lbs. frozen gluten-free French fries
- 1 lb. ground beef
- shredded cheese (about 2 – 3 c.)
- salt & pepper
- ketchup (for serving)
- Preheat the oven to 400°.
- Cook and drain the ground beef.
- Place the frozen fries in the bottom of a large baking dish. Use two dishes if needed.
- Place the ground beef evenly on top of the fries.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
- Put enough cheese on top to cover the meat and fries well.
- Bake at 400° for 20 – 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and the fries are hot in the middle.
- Serve with ketchup.