My daughter loves looking at cookbooks – just like her mom… So, this year at the school book fair, when I asked her what she was interested in, she pointed to these three paperback cookbooks for kids. I winced. I am a cookbook snob. I admit it. It was the Taste of Home, Good Food Kids Love cookbook. Ugh.
The other week, she asked when we could make something out of one of the cookbooks – so I told her to pick something out, and we would have it for dinner. What did she choose? Bacon Cheeseburger Rice…with pickles on top. Boy this was going to be interesting.
I was very skeptical, but it was actually pretty good – and the best part was the pickles on top. The combination of the BBQ rice, ground beef, pickles and the crunchy bits of bacon – yum. Really, if it has bacon in it, can it be bad? It was delicious – and she ate it because she picked out the recipe. So – maybe these books aren’t that bad…although I should probably just quit while I am ahead.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1-3/4 cups water
- 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
- 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups uncooked instant rice
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup chopped dill pickles
- 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the beef until no longer pink; drain. Add water, barbecue sauce, mustard, onion and pepper. Bring to a boil; stir in the rice. Sprinkle with cheese. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with pickles and bacon.
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