Adult Cheeseburger Skillet is the combination of all our favorite cheeseburger flavors from childhood into an adult version that incorporates super grown up flavors like smoked gouda and chipotle-infused farro.
Is it safe to say that we all grew up with hamburger helper?! Don’t leave a girl hangin’… That was an exciting staple in my household growing up and I am not ashamed to say it. My mom made home cooked meals constantly and certainly a wide variety that didn’t require a cheese powder pack, a noodle pack and a pound of ground beef; but when it did, we were pretty darn excited about it.
Those meals in a box weren’t always the highlight and full props to my mom (hi mom!✋?) for making home cooked dinner a priority and take out a major rarity in our home, but hamburger helper felt like a splurge and I recently had the strong desire to recreate the box wonder. I decided to toss the cheddar powder packet and give this skillet a grown up spin and the results were SUPER satisfying.
Cheeseburger Skillet Grown up components
Since my bold self is making grown up claims I think we should break this down a bit to see what actually brings this skillet to superior levels. First off, Farro, and you are saying what even IS that?! Don’t worry! it isn’t scary at all and is actually super simple to make, but I love it because it is basically the love child of oatmeal and rice! The chewiness of oats with the fluffiness of rice and then infused with chipotle tabasco is my idea of a grain option in my new favorite skillet! Dare I call it trendy?!
The fact that it has been around for centuries should disqualify it from the trendy category, but isn’t that all trendy is? Us discovering things that have been around forever but they are new to us so we want to feel cool and call them trendy? Quinoa. Case in point. Rant over.
As mentioned, us grown ups like a little kick to spice up our dinner and life in general so we are adding Chipotle Tabasco Sauce that our farro will soak up with delight in the cooking process and bump up it’s loveability a billion notches and convert us all to farro lovers! <this would make me feel much more normal in my farro love…sooo help a gal out!
CASHEW CREAM. Yes, we are going there. ‘Trendy to the max’ is that creamy wonder created from soaked cashews that are all blended up and magically transformed into a silky, creamy sauce of perfection. I have to be honest with you, I was a little bit shy about approaching cashew cream at first. I had thoughts like “ew” and “will it be gritty?!” and “why would I want soggy cashews” but all that worrying was for nothing! Learn from my food blogger fails and just dive in!
Cashew cream is seriously the easiest sauce to make ever and you literally just top your cashews with water…let them soak, drain, and blend them around in your magician hat <(aka Vitamix) with some salt and water to create healthy cream galore! No heavy cream or flour necessary to maximize the rich velvety texture of this skillet!
Just say Ciao! to the elephant in the room because I have NOT forgotten to mention our most essential ingredient to Adult Cheeseburger Skillet. No. I. Have. Not. Lovely rich meltalicious Smoked Gouda is the cheese of choice for the mature adults we are and it seriously causes me to re-evaluate my life every time I eat it. For instance, causing me to question ‘why I don’t eat it daily?!’ My current favorite version is from Aldi and happens to also make an appearance in a couple of my favorite recipes, such as this Panini and this killer Mexican dish!
All of these delightfully adult, yet still fun, ingredients mesh together in the best way in our favorite of dinner styles-the skillet-for max creaminess and sizzling heat straight to your bowl! Please do yo’ thing when it comes to toppings! This skillet just begged to be sprinkled with cilantro, green onion and tomato, to me, but I resisted the urge to also throw on leftover grilled corn (<3) more chipotle tabasco and crumbled chips (<yes that almost happened). Don’t restrict your soul, though, throw on whatever makes you dance your way to the table or couch (real life) and enjoy every cheesy stringy bite! Cheeseburger in a bowl form…what is more loveable than that?!
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- ¾ cup Farro (quick cooking)
- 3¾ cup broth *DIVIDED
- 3 tbsp. smoked chipotle tabasco
- 1lb lean ground beef
- 1 small red onion, diced
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ½ tsp. chipotle chili pepper
- 1¾ tsp. Himalayan salt (or table salt) *DIVIDED
- ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. liquid smoke
- 10 oz. can diced tomatoes with peppers, lightly drained (I used Rotel)
- 3-4 oz. Smoked Gouda, sliced in small pieces
- 1 cup raw cashews
- ¾ cup water + extra for covering cashews
- Optional Toppings: additional red onion, cilantro, green onion, diced tomatoes etc.
- Cashew Cream:
- Add cashews to a bowl and cover with water until all the cashews are submerged in water. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 8-12hrs. Drain the cashews and add to a high powered blender or food processor along with ¾ cup water and 1 tsp. salt. Blend for 1-2 minutes until smooth and add 1½ cups broth and pulse until smooth. Set aside.
- Bring remaining broth to a boil in a small sauce pan and add farro and chipotle tabasco and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 10 more minutes until remaining liquid is absorbed.
- Add beef to a large skillet and cook until browned (about 5 minutes). Add in the 10 ingredients listed after beef in the ingredient list (from onion to tomatoes, including remaining salt) and stir to combine. Pour in cashew cream and farro. Stir to combine and allow to bubble and thicken (about 3-5 minutes). Stir in small pieces of gouda until melted and serve!
*Cashew cream does take some thinking ahead, since it requires the overnight soak, but it literally takes less than a minute and can just soak away in your fridge all night! If you aren't able to soak the cashews overnight, you can soak for as little as 2hrs, however, I found the ultimate creaminess was achieved with the overnight soak.
*We liked the cheese sliced in small pieces instead of shredded. This will allow the skillet to have pockets of cheesiness and ahhhh the cheese strings you will experience with this method!
*As mentioned, I used a quick cooking farro. If you are unable to find a quick cooking version, you will need to adjust your cooking time to what is on the packaging.
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