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White Castle Knock-Offs
(Makes one dozen)
1/2 cup dry onion flakes
Water to cover onion flakes
1 1/2 pounds ground beef or chuck, totally thawed
6-8 slices American cheese
1 dozen, Sweet Hawaiian Dinner Rolls,
(Can use something comparable.)
Thin sliced dill pickles
9 x 13 glass baking dish
Small rolling pin or empty can
Re-hydrate dry onions by covering with water and microwaving for about 4 minutes. Monitor as microwaves can vary. If there’s any liquid left, drain onions. Now sprinkle the onions evenly across the bottom of the dish. With your hands sprinkle the 1 1/2 pounds of beef across the top of the onions. Using a rolling pin, (I used an empty can because it fit so well inside the baking dish.) compress the meat down tightly in the bottom. Slide the meat into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. Remove and drain any excess liquid/grease from the meat. Return to the oven for about five more minutes and again remove any extra juices if it’s necessary at all.
Take the cheese and place it across the top of the meat. With a serrated knife cut the dinner rolls in half. Place the bottom of each roll face down against the cheese and set the top of the roll over it. Return to the oven and bake for approximately 5-7 minutes.
When you place the rolls into the pan space them out evenly. When serving you will cut a square around each roll. Use a spatula to serve inverting the lid of the bun to the top as you go. Garnish with dill pickles. The pickles can actually go in the baking pan, I prefer to serve them on the side so the guests have a choice.
When served as a main entrée expect to use 2-3 per person. Everyone loves these so be sure to make plenty for your dinner or party!