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Coney Island Taters

Coney Island TatersThis tasty barbecue-flavored take on chili and fries is a quick and easy, kid-pleasing dish the whole family will enjoy. Recipe includes two variations.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup prepared barbecue sauce
2 large all-purpose potatoes, washed well and dried
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sliced green onions (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef and onion; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings. Stir barbecue sauce into beef; cover and simmer over medium-low heat 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile pierce potatoes in several places with fork. Place on paper towel in microwave oven. Microwave on HIGH 10 to 11 minutes or until tender, rearranging potatoes halfway.
  3. Cut potatoes lengthwise into quarters. Cut each quarter crosswise in half. Arrange 4 pieces potato on each serving plate; top with beef mixture. Sprinkle with cheese; top with green onions, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Variations:

Coney Island Pizza: Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Prepare beef mixture as directed above; spread evenly over one 12-inch thin-crust Italian bread shell or prepared pizza crust. Top with 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese and, if desired, green onions. Bake for 8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into 8 wedges.

Coney Island Burgers: Prepare beef mixture as directed above; spoon evenly into four split, toasted hamburger buns. Top with cheese and, if desired, green onions.

Test Kitchen Tips:

  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef.
  • Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F (71.1°C).
  • Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe for Coney Island Taters): 386 calories; 30 g protein; 34 g carbohydrate; 15 g fat; 4.2 mg iron; 672 mg sodium; 85 mg cholesterol.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe for Coney Island Burgers): 402 calories; 30 g protein; 32 g carbohydrate; 17 g fat; 4.0 mg iron; 866 mg sodium; 87 mg cholesterol.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe for Coney Island Pizza; 2 wedges): 538 calories; 39 g protein; 42 g carbohydrate; 23 g fat; 4.9 mg iron; 1,128 mg sodium; 105 mg cholesterol.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.