Fake Out Your Thanksgiving with CravOn

CravOn fries

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what to prepare for your family. Don’t you wish there was a way to cut the time in the kitchen so that you could spend more time with your loved ones?  CravOn wants to help you out this year with recipes that taste just like your traditional ones, but are better-for-you and require half the prep time. Using CravOn as a substitute in your dishes cuts out the time you’ll spend peeling and cutting potatoes, leaving you more time to enjoy a cocktail and relax. And because they are a healthier alternative to other frozen potatoes, you’ll have less guilt (and can help yourself to another spoonful – we won’t judge!). Celebrity Chef Nikki Shaw has come up with her very own spins on Thanksgiving favorites to cut out half the fat, yet none of the goodness -- check out her recipes on the CravOn Fries website!

CravOn invited me to put my own spin on holiday food, I took inspiration from Chef Nikki's Fully Loaded Baked Potato Fries and came up with an easy appetizer dish that's so delicious, my family had it for dinner last night!  Everyone loves starting holiday parties and nachos (especially when your family is watching a football game on Thanksgiving day!), so I made a nacho dish using CravOn fries instead of tortilla chips!  You don't have to cut or fry the potatoes, and you don't even have to defrost or pre-baked them -- basically all you do is layer them in a casserole with a bunch of nacho toppings like beans, sour cream, tomatillo sauce and cheese!

If your mouth is watering, check out my recipe below and try it out for your next family gathering:

French Fry Nacho Casserole

French Fry Nacho Casserole

1 32-oz. package CravOn Steak Cut Fries
1 tablespoon onion salt
1 tablespoon garlic salt
1 tablespoon paprika
2 cans (10 oz. each) refried beans
1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes (you can use the fire roasted variety if you want more kick)
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 tub (8 oz.) light sour cream
1 can (4 oz.) green tomatillo sauce
1 large avocado
1/4 cup cilantro

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Toss the fries in a bowl with the onion salt, garlic salt, and paprika.

Spread the refried beans onto the bottom of a 3 or 4 quart casserole dish.

Spread the diced tomatoes on top of the refried beans.

Spread about half of the cheese on top of the tomatoes

Spread the fries on top of the cheese.

Spread the sour cream on top of the fries.

Pour the tomatillo sauce on top of the sour cream.

Sprinkle the remaining cheese and some of the cilantro on top.

Bake the casserole in the oven for 40 minutes.

Top with diced avocadoes and cilantro, and serve immediately.

Now that you've got your appetizer dish all set, check out CravOn's Thanksgiving Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration -- you could even win a $250 gift card from CravOn!

Pin to Win with CravOn

CravOn is hosting a contest on Pinterest this holiday season – and one lucky winner will get a $250 gift card to spend on groceries for the holidays! All you have to do is log on to Pinterest and pin your favorite holiday recipes using inspiration from CravOn's Thanksgiving Cravings board with the hashtag #CravOnThanksgivingFakeOut in your pin description. Then email CravOn (cravoncontest@fahlgren.com) a link to your pin as an entry!

Disclosure: I received coupons to purchase CravOn fries and a gift card to purchase the remaining ingredients. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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