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I’m pretty sure these bbq-cheddar-apple sliders and cheese fries are going to be your new favorite go-to meal, and I’m pretty sure your wallet is going to be thanking me as well because this is perfect for budget friendly meals!
The ingredients for this meal cost a whopping $17, and not only does the meal comfortably serve 6, but there were leftover ingredients for other meals (like remaining potatoes and delicious Kraft Barbecue Sauce) bringing the cost down to $2 per person, all thanks to Kraft products being on rollback at Walmart #RollIntoSavings , so when you’re thinking of different budget friendly meals to make for under $20, this is it!
When we went grocery shopping I was telling my husband what I wanted to make, he just sort of looked at me with a funny look. Since I know grocery shopping with me isn’t his #1 favorite activity (I mean, I have 100 ideas every time I pass an ingredient I want to use, and then I may or may not tell him, in detail about that idea, and the whole process ends up taking longer than it should) I just ignored his look and continued shopping and then at checkout was seriously stunned…$17 dollars for all the items in the cart, turns out all the Kraft ingredients I was buying for my summer meal are on rollback at Walmart….sweet, savings!
So we went home and I proceeded to make us dinner with all the lovely ingredients I had just purchased.
I started by making the fries, because potatoes always take the longest to cook. A few tips for getting oven crispy fries is to 1-make sure after you cut and rinse your potatoes you paper towel/dry them off and 2-when baking them put them on a cookie cooling rack on top of a lined baking sheet (this will allow them to crisp right up!) For each potato I cut it in half length wise, then cut that half into half, then cut that into 2 or 3s making each side have 5-6 potato wedges, so 10-12 potato wedges from each potato!
Then I made the patties for the sliders, and this is going to blow your mind at how simple it is…all you have to do is combine ground beef with barbecue sauce, stir, form into patties and cook!
Now let’s talk about cheese, one of my favorite things to talk about! If you were surprised at how simple the patties were to make, then you’re going to be equally surprised at how easy it is to make cheesy sauce for the fries. All you do is place Velveeta Cheese Slices into a microwave safe bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, microwave it, and voila, you have yourself a bubbly cheese sauce! The other cheese to talk about is the Kraft natural cheese combo packs I found. I just thought they looked so fun, two kinds of cheese in one package? Yes please!
The end result? AHHHHMAZING!
My husband said ‘these are really good, I was skeptical when you told me what you were going to make!’
He hath little faith! I knew these sliders were going to be a hit!
The crunch from the apple, the sweet and tangy bbq sliders topped with cheddar, and then let’s not forget the fries that you can dip into cheese sauce. CHEESE SAUCE!
All around deliciousness happening here, and best thing about this recipe (besides being truly delicious) is that because the KRAFT products are on rollback (and let’s be honest, finances can be “tight” around the 1st and 15th of the month) you can save money and spend it on other summer activities, all while enjoying a delicious meal for $2 a person!
BBQ Apple Cheddar Sliders & Cheese Fries – perfect for budget friendly mealsPrint Rate
- 6-8 Russet potatoes cut into wedges, cleaned and dried
- 1 Tsp salt
- ½ tsp each Garlic Salt and Chipotle Chili Pepper
- 1 Tbs Vegetable Oil
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- ¼ Cup Kraft Barbecue Sauce
- 8-9 mini buns for the sliders
- 8-10 slices Velveeta Cheese
- 3 Slices Kraft combo pack cheddar or Kraft cheddar
- 2 Pink Lady Apples
- 1 Tbs Miracle Whip optional
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cut potatoes lengthwise, then cut the half in half, and then cut that half into 2 or 3s so that you’re left with 5-6 wedges per half of potato and 10-12 wedges per full potato. When all the potatoes are cut, rinse them in a colander, then pat them dry with paper towels.
- Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and then place a cookie cooling rack on top of the baking sheet, you want it in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the wedges and bake for another 15 minutes.
- For the sliders-mix ground beef and bbq sauce, then form into little sliders (I got 9, but could have made 8). Fry in a non stick pan for 5 minutes each side.
- For the Velveeta cheese sauce: unwrap 8-10 slices of cheese and place in microwave safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 3 minutes. Carefully (steam will escape from the plastic wrap so be careful not to get burned) lift one side of the plastic wrap and then remove it all together, stir, and serve!
- Toast the slider buns (this is optional), and while they're toasting slice the apple in very thin strips. I cut the apple so that there would be circles of the entire apple and I cut the middle out...but slices would be just as good.
- To assemble the meal- spread a thin layer of Miracle Whip (optional) onto the bottom of a slider bun, place a few slices of apple (I did 2 per slider). Then place the burger on top of the apples, place a 1/2 or 1/3 of a slice of cheddar on top of the burger and cover with other burger bun. Serve 6-10 potato wedges on the side with a little bowl of the cheese sauce! Enjoy!