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NOT Hamburger Helper, but Quite Good Just the Same
on August 4, 2011
My box showed up today around noon, which solved the question of "What's for dinner?" I've been looking forward to trying this ever since I heard about it -- I'm a big Hamburger Helper fan (have been ever since I moved out on my own some 20 years ago). I figured this would be Hamburger Helper with real cheese rather than cheese powder.
Preparation is easy; brown the ground beef, drain, add 2 cups of water with the seasonings packet and the macaroni. This is the first place you know this isn't HH; you have to make sure you cook the water (or "most of it" as the instructions say) off before you add the Velveeta. Another difference is that the seasonings smell a little .... strong, and a little unusual, to put it mildly. I wasn't too fond of the odor emanating from the skillet, and at this point I started to hope that I wasn't going to have to make something different for dinner.
This also tastes different from HH. Not bad -- in spite of my initial worry, the Velveeta Cheeseburger Skillets tastes quite good. But it is rather different from HH, and if you're expecting HH you will probably be disappointed. I can't quite put my finger on what the spice is, but there is a definite spice that makes this taste completely different from any cheeseburger macaroni that you've ever had before.
I'm not sure if this will completely replace Hamburger Helper for me; I'll have to wait and see what other varieties they come out with before I make that decision. But I do know that this is a good alternative, and for people who want something different, it will be a good choice.