I gotta admit, I love a great dish that makes me feel like a total kid again. This recipe believe it or not does just that. Basically marrying two of this great countries biggest and best comfort foods together definitely brings out not only the food lover that I tremendously am but, also brings out those flavors and textures that I loved most as a goofy kid.
1 bag frozen waffle fries
1 1/2 lb lean ground beef ( 85/15 or 90/10)
1 lb thick cut bacon
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese ( 2 cups for cheese sauce and 1 cup for topping)
2 cups Whole milk
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons yellow or Dijon mustard
2 gloves garlic grated
3 teaspoons worchestshire
Salt and pepper
Sour cream and green onion for garnish.
Place bacon on a slotted broiler pan and on 375 bake in the oven till crispy ( about 15 mins ) remove drain on paper towel. Chop bacon and set aside.
Change oven setting to bake at 350 degrees and bake your waffle fries till crispy ( about 20 mins) remove and set aside.
In a large skillet, brown beef seasoning with salt and pepper and worchestshire. Once fully browned, turn heat off and set aside.
In a medium size pan over med high heat, melt butter and add grated garlic. Once bubbling add flour whisking after every tablespoon. Cook flour out for about a minute. Whisk in milk. Whisk for about 2-3 mins till sauce thickens. Whisk in cheese 1 cup at a time. Now add a touch of salt and pepper, whisk, and add you ketchup and mustard. Whisk till sauce is combined and remove from heat.
Layer about half of your baked waffle fries on the bottom of a glass baking dish. Next pour about half of your cheese over fries, then half of chopped cooked bacon and ground beef. Repeat this step. Now add the last of the shredded cheddar on top and put in the oven at 350 for about 15 mins till top is melted. Remove and garnish with dollops of sour cream and sliced green onion and serve.
Cooking time: about 50 mins
Serves 8-10 peeps