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Spring is in full effect now and for me that means one thing… baseball season has started! Now I love spending my days at the ballpark, watching my favorite sport, and enjoying the stadium’s signature ‘burger and fries‘. Orioles Park at Camden Yards tops their burgers with Maryland lump crab meat. The Rangers’ Ballpark at Arlington offers the famous Beltre Buster Burger. The Pirates’ PNC Park has the Brunch Burger (Luther Burger). Burgers and baseball go hand in hand. Lately though I’ve been enjoying my game-watching from home and creating my own twist on ‘Burger & Fries‘ by using products from Alexia Foods found at Walmart. I wanted to create something a little more upscale, yet still reminded me of spring time at the ballpark.
Alexia Foods offers an amazing selection of gourmet frozen foods to bring your meals to the next level such as Rosemary and Sea Salt Fries, Sweet Potato Fries with Sea Salt, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, or Crispy Onion Rings. Using all natural ingredients, many of their products are Non-GMO certified. Several products are also Kosher, gluten-free, and certified organic.
I headed to the frozen food section and found Alexia products in the “Potatoes” section. My recipe uses the chipolte seasoned Spicy Sweet Potato fries, but I could not resist picking up the new crispy Rosemary Fries with Sea Salt!
Check out my recipe tutorial below on how to create the delicious Spicy Southwest Turkey and Sweet Potato Fries casserole.
Spicy Southwest Turkey & Sweet Potato Fries Casserole Recipe
Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries
1 lb ground turkey
1 package of chili seasoning
2 tablespoons of all purpose flour
3/4 cup of milk
1 cup of shredded pepper jack cheese
1 can of condensed mushroom soup
1 can of black beans
1 can of whole kernel sweet corn
8 grape tomatoes
2 limes (or lime juice)
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 jalapeno pepper
1/4 cup of diced onion
2 tablespoons of butter
ground black pepper
Go ahead and preheat your oven to 425 degrees first. Using the time directions on the bag, cook your preferred amount of Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato fries. Using a small saucepan, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter over low to medium heat. slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour. While whisking, slowly pour in 3/4 cup of milk. Whisk it well! Then stir in the cup of shredded pepper jack cheese. Remove from heat or place it on the lowest heat setting.
Brown the ground turkey in a pan over the stove top. Mix in the chili seasoning for flavor, and add in salt and pepper to taste. Go ahead and place the turkey into a casserole baking dish.
Now take that cheese sauce you created on the stove top earlier and mix it with the condensed mushroom soup. Once you’ve mixed it will, add it to the top of your browned turkey.
Your sweet potato fries should be done baking by now. Simply add the fries on top of the cheese covered turkey. Feel free to push them down into the cheese sauce a little. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees. You will want to bake the casserole in the oven for 40-50 minutes. While the casserole is baking, gather your ingredients for your salsa topping. Chop or dice the tomatoes, peppers, onions, and avocado. In a large mixing bowl, combine your black beans, corn, tomatoes, red bell pepper, jalapenos, and red onions. Adding cilantro for flavor is optional. Now gently fold in your avocado chunks into the salsa. Squeeze in the lime juice, and add salt and black pepper to taste. If there is still baking time on the turkey, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and keep chill in the refrigerator.Once your turkey casserole is done baking, you’ll notice that the cheese sauce as nicely seeped into the turkey, add more to the delicious flavor. I recommend that if you think there will be turkey casserole leftover, I would scoop out each individual serving of casserole and top with the salsa separately. If you think the entire casserole, will be consumed, go ahead and top with the fresh salsa! I only mention this because because it keeps the fries from becoming soggy during reheating.Serve while turkey is warm! Make sure each serving has plenty of salsa on top.As I mentioned earlier, Alexia also offers Rosemary Fries whit Sea Salt. They taste amazing! Feel free to serve fries separately with the casserole.If you are like me and enjoy a good burger and fries while watching America’s favorite past time, consider making it with a twist! Want to learn more about Alexia Foods and other spring time recipes? Simply check out the hashtags #SpringIntoFlavor and #CollectiveBias!