(Family Features) Summer is typically a busy time for families, making those moments you spend together all the more precious. The hustle and bustle of the season doesn't have to mean sacrificing wholesome meals, however.
Take advantage of the warm weather and step outside the kitchen to focus on enjoying the outdoors with family around grilled favorites, such as burgers. You can even make meals on the grill your own by putting twists on a classic, such as Barbecue Macaroni and Cheese Burgers or Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese Burgers.
Another time-saving tip: Consider refrigerated side dish options like mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese from Bob Evans Farms, which are ready in just six minutes and provide homemade taste. In addition to topping burgers, these sides can be used as an ingredient in appetizers like Crunchy Jalapeno Potato Poppers and Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese Sliders, which are perfect for snacking on while catching up on the events of the day.
Find more recipes and time-saving ideas to make the most of grilling season at BobEvansGrocery.com.
1 package (24 ounces) Bob Evans Original Mashed Potatoes
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces diced jalapeno peppers, drained
8 ounces taco flavored tortilla chips
2 large eggs
6-8 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
sour cream (optional)
Stir together cold mashed potatoes with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses and diced jalapenos.
Scoop 48 tablespoonfuls of potato mixture and place on parchment- or wax paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate 15-20 minutes.
In bowl of food processor, pulse tortilla chips to fine crumbs or place chips in large, zip-top bag and smash using rolling pin. Pour crumbs into shallow bowl.
Beat eggs and pour into separate shallow bowl. Set aside.
In fryer or Dutch oven, heat oil to 350 F.
Remove mashed potato scoops from refrigerator and roll into balls. Roll each mashed potato ball in flour, tapping off excess. Once potato balls are coated in flour, dip each into egg, allowing excess to drip off, then into tortilla chip crumbs, making sure to coat evenly. Set on clean baking sheet. Discard excess flour, egg and tortilla chip crumbs.
In hot oil, fry small batches of mashed potato poppers until golden brown, 30-40 seconds. Remove from fryer and place on paper towel to drain excess oil. Repeat until all poppers are cooked. Serve hot with sour cream, if desired.
Note: To reheat poppers, bake 6-8 minutes at 350 F.
Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese Sliders
Recipe courtesy of Karly Campbell of Buns in My Oven
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
1 pound pre-packaged, fully cooked pulled pork in sauce
12 slider rolls
1 package (20 ounces) Bob Evans Macaroni and Cheese
2-3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
6 slices cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon barbecue dry rub
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon dried parsley
Heat oven to 350 F.
In microwave, warm pulled pork according to package instructions.
Slice rolls in half. Place bottom halves of slider rolls in 9-by-13-inch baking dish and top each with pulled pork.
Microwave macaroni and cheese according to package directions and spoon evenly over pork on each sandwich roll.
Drizzle barbecue sauce over sandwiches.
Lay cheese in two rows of three over sliders.
Top with top halves of slider rolls.
Stir dry rub into butter. Spoon evenly over tops of sandwiches. Sprinkle with parsley.