Sunday, March 16, 2014

Buckaroo Biscuits

I have seen so many variations of bubble bakes out there on the webz, I figured I would make my own. When I came up with my list of ingredients, I immediately thought COWBOY!  Beef, bacon, a ton of cheese, and spicy jalapenos... totally Cowboy!

This can really be customized to your taste. Add some chipotle sauce, onions, beans... It is also fantastic with chicken* (but not so great with mushroom-- despite loving mushrooms. No really, save the mushrooms for the salad!)

What you'll need for 6-8 servings:

1 8-count tube of Pillsbury Flaky Biscuits
10 slices of bacon, cooked crispy
10-12 ounces of Velveeta Cheese (or generic equivalent)
1 lbs lean ground beef (or leftover cooked hamburgers, or see * below for chicken )
1 1/2 to 2 jalapenos (you could alternatively use pickled jalapenos), diced finely
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup shredded american or colby jack cheese, plus a bit more for sprinkling on top
Salt, pepper, garlic, and smoked paprika to taste

* If you'd like to go with chicken, I used 2 breast halves, seasoned and baked for 15 minutes at 375 F before dicing to add to the recipe in place of the ground beef.

You'll also need:
A knife
A large lasagna pan, or 9x11 baking pan
Ranch dressing, or barbecue sauce
Chives or Green Onion to garnish (optional)
Oil for searing your ground beef

Preheat your oven to 375 F.

Put a 8-10 inch saute pan over medium high heat, and add a bit of oil, to heat.
Flatten your ground beef into one big patty and season the top side with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.

Flip the seasoned side down it into the hot saute pan and season the side that is now facing up, 

allow to cook on each side until it's browned and delicious looking. Also, don't look at my stove, I had a long day and didn't feel like cleaning it. =P

While that all was cooking, I crisped up all of my bacon (10 pieces- in batches) in the microwave for 3.5 to 4.5 minutes.
Remember, if you do it this way, the second batch tends to cook faster than the first for some reason. 

Open your biscuits and cut each biscuit into 4 pieces and put them in a large bowl, separating them to facilitate mixing.

Next, go ahead and dice up your Velveeta. I made four slices and then cut each of those into 9 pieces. You want a fair amount of cheese in there.

 Once you're done, that goes on top of the biscuits pieces.

Crumbled bacon goes on top of that (and you know, this is just how I did it. The world shouldn't explode if you do this in a different order).

Then, once it has cooled a bit, dice up your burger. Of course you could just cook your beef into loose crumbles, but the idea of big pieces of burger is more manly.
And hello, jalapenos!

You got it, those both go in that big bowl!

Now, in another bowl, mix together the cream, two types of shredded cheese, and season with salt, pepper, garlic and smoked paprika, to taste.

That gets poured over your big bowl of ingredients... and then it needs to be mixed in. You can certainly be prim and proper and stir with a spatula or spoon or something, but I just went all in with clean hands and made sure everything was well coated.

Then it goes into a lasagna pan, or 9 x 11 baking pan. You can use a deeper dish with smaller dimensions, but you will need to cook it considerably longer, and might want to put a baking sheet under it incase it bubbles over.
I sprinkled the top with a little more cheese and some dried chives, because I <3 cheese.

Then it bakes for 25 minutes at 375 F and then, because I am impatient, I cranked the oven to 400 F for another 5 minutes to get the top nice and crusty brown. Seriously, how pretty is that!? 

Then, serve up a big scoop while it is still piping hot... with all that hamburger and bacon, and those ooey gooey cheese pockets!

Top it with some cool ranch dressing or a little bit of barbecue sauce, or even a mixture of both. 
It goes really nicely with a simple salad, and it will make you feel better about using so much Velveeta!
But man, is it delicious!

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