If you’re stressed out about what to feed the kids when they come home from school, stop worrying! The Mr. Food Test Kitchen has got you covered; we came up with an easy, from-the-freezer answer to after-school hunger. Make our Beefed-Up Open-Faced Poutine Sandwiches! This treat is inspired by our neighbors up North, and you probably already have everything you need in your freezer. If not, a quick trip to your local dairy and freezer aisle is all you need. Let’s get cooking!
First, you’ll need to gather your ingredients. We took the liberty of putting together your shopping list for you! You’ll need:
- 1/2 of a (32-ounce) bag frozen French fries
- 1 (27-ounce) package frozen Salisbury steak in gravy
- 1 (11.25-ounce) box frozen Texas Toast slices
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Once you’ve gathered all these delicious food items from the dairy and freezer aisle, we can get started in the kitchen.
What’s Poutine, you’re wondering?
Good question! Poutine is a traditional dish from the Canadian province of Quebec. It’s classically made by pouring delicious brown gravy over fluffy fries, and then topping that mixture with cheese curds! It’s one of our Test Kitchen favorites and we know you’ll love it too.
Step One: Be sure to preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Then coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Place your French fries on the baking sheet and bake those delicious fries for 25 minutes or until golden! That’s how you know they’re going to be perfect. Plus, these frozen fries make it so easy!
Step Two: While those fries are baking, get out your skillet! In your large skillet, over medium-low heat, cook the Salisbury steaks for 10 to 12 minutes or until they’re heated through, turning occasionally. Your kids are going to love how juicy and soft these steaks turn out. (Our mouths are watering already.)
Step Three: Now we’re moving on to the toast! Place six (6) slices of that tasty Texas Toast on another rimmed baking sheet and heat them in the oven for the last 10 minutes along with your French fries, or until they’re golden brown. Lucky you, you can save those two extra slices of toast for another time. Since they’re a delicious freezer product, you can keep them on hand for any time you get that Texas Toast craving!
Step Four: With us so far? Good, because here comes the best part! It’s time to assemble this delicious sandwich. Top each Texas toast with one Salisbury steak, French fries, and sprinkle that tasty stack with mozzarella cheese from the dairy aisle. Then, place them back in oven for 4 to 5 minutes or until the cheese is perfectly melted. Drizzle your sandwiches with the gravy left in the Salisbury steak skillet and serve immediately to your hungry brood!
Just a tip from us to you: if you’d like lots of gravy to drizzle, like we do, simply heat a 12-ounce jar of beef gravy in a skillet along with the gravy that comes with the Salisbury steak and pour it on. No one will know the difference!
And there you have it! A fast and easy, family-friendly, straight-from-the-freezer way to feed those loveable kids as they’re coming in the door. Next time you’re in a tizzy about what to feed them, don’t forget: you know how to make our Beefed-Up Open-Faced Poutine Sandwiches! Thanks to all these frozen and ready-to-use ingredients, you’ll be ready to serve up perfection any time.
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This conversation is sponsored by National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association. The opinions and text are all my own.