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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 04:08 PM
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need something different to do with hamburger
i have a pound of hamburger I need to cook tonight and am bored with all my ideas

what is your favorite use for the ubiquitous ground meat?
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 04:42 PM
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1. "Ghoulash"
put a pot of water on to boil for pasta - elbow macaroni, ziti, rotini... something not long and stringy.

brown your hamburger in a skillet with a chopped onion.

Add a can of crushed tomatoes, and one or two more chopped vegetables. I use zucchini and yellow squash. My stepdad used green bell peppers, but my husband can't eat them. So I cope and omit.

season to taste - garlic, salt, pepper...

nothing fancy.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 05:48 PM
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4. hmmm that's part of the problem, I don't have any veggies to speak of
and I don't ever buy canned veggies :shrug:

i've got fresh tomatoes, celery and carrots and frozen corn. but this is a "throw together" dish dear Mr. Ketchup would love!

I'll try that variation once i stock up on frozen veggies again
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Dora Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-11-06 08:54 AM
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31. "Huff-n-Puffer"
Got cheese?

Okay - this will sound disgusting, but as soon as you mentioned the frozen corn, I remembered a dish my parents used to make. They got it out of Sunset Magazine. They called it "huff-n-puffer," I don't know why.

It was basically browned ground beef, corn, onion, celery, and grated cheese. All mixed together, and then served in a pita pocket. They would make huge batches of this and keep it warm in a crock pot for big informal family gatherings.

I remember enjoying it, odd as it was.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-11-06 03:47 PM
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35. dang, I really really gotta pick up some Pita bread, that sounds
great!
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The empressof all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 05:03 PM
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2. Two thoughts
Fry it up with some onions and cabbage and cover with some tomato sauce for "mock" stuffed cabbage. Serve over rice


Fry it up with some ginger, soy sauce, garlic,onions, hot sauce and broccoli (or what ever veggies you have on hand) Thicken with a little corn starch. Again serve it over rice or ramen noodles "mock" Chinese.

Then again there's always Meat loaf. :hi:
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 05:26 PM
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3. lol DH loves my meatloaf, so anything last minute is "not the meatloaf"
:hi:
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 06:15 PM
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5. Tacos or burritos? Shephard's pie? nt
Edited on Tue Jan-10-06 06:15 PM by babylonsister
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 06:29 PM
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6. those are the "standards" I alway do
:cry:

along with Impossible Meat Pie (Bisquick)

i still need to find something, but the pressure's off. I mention the Cheese Souffle from the brunch thread but didn't do it last night to cook today, but Mr. Ketchup was all set for a "breakfast" dinner soooooo I made the following:

chop one fresh tomato and 1/4 red onion and about 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

preheat oven to 300

2 tbls butter in cast iron (oven proof) skillet, add veggies to sweat at medium heat

while sweating the onions, shrooms and tomatoes I whipped 6 eggs with salt & pepper and approx 3 TBLS sour cream (a glop half the size of my fist) at medium with my stand mixer

once onions were translucent I removed the skillet from the heat, added 1 more TBSP butter and stirred eggs into the veggies and popped in to the oven.

I grated about 1/2 "Cougar Gold" cheese (made at Wash. State U creamery http://www.wsu.edu/creamery/cougarcheese/1flavors.html and mixed it with 1/2 cup grated mozzorella

when the eggs were mostly firm (about 10-15 minutes) I put the cheese on top and returned to the oven for about 10 more minutes (until cheese melted and the whole thing was firm)

served with my homemade bread toast and bacon

YUMMMMM


now what am I gonna do that damned hamburger tommorrow............
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 07:46 PM
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15. That sounds delish, and creative. Surprise, Mr. PITA won't
eat breakfast for dinner. :eyes:
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 07:47 PM
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16. he's really living up to his name isn't he??
:rofl:

don't call it breakfast, call it egg loaf (which is what we call it LOL)
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 09:33 PM
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24. does that refer to his taste in bread, or is it...
...a more personal statement?
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-11-06 07:45 AM
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30. Not bread; I refer to my
DH as Mr. Pain In The Ass (affectionately), because he's not easy to cook for and is really picky.
Eggs for dinner are just verboten. :eyes:
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 06:32 PM
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7. My grandma (who ISN'T known for her cooking skills)
makes a dish that she (unfortunately) taught to my dad, who also is not known for his cooking skills. So, with that intro, may I present cabbage stew:

1 pound hamburger
1 cabbage (chopped up a bit)
1 bottle ketchup
1 (notice a pattern here with the quantities?) bottle 7 up
1 cup rice


I think that's it. I guess you could put an onion in (1), if you were feeling fancy. But if you're thinking of entering this in the DU regrettable foods cook off, I recommend leaving it out.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 06:36 PM
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8. luckily for me, I'm allergic to cabbage LOL n/t
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 06:41 PM
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10. Nonsense. You should at least TRY it.
oops, sorry. I was channeling grandma there.


Seriously, though, taco salad would be my first choice, inside out cheeseburgers (cheese on the inside) would be my second choice. Ground beef mixed with cinnamon, rice and raisins for a mideastern flair, or chili, or mixed with rice and stuffed in green peppers would all be reasonable options.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 06:46 PM
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12. i ended up making breadfast and will probably end up with tacos tomorrow
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-11-06 10:21 AM
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32. Allergic to cabbage?
You have my deepest sympathy. I'm a total cabbage junky. I love the stuff!
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-11-06 03:46 PM
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34. yup, never touch the stuff n/t
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 06:38 PM
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9. Stuffed pitas.
Hold on to your cholesterol, this is not a heart friendly dish, but it's SO good....

Chop an onion and brown it with the crumbled burger. Drain excess grease well, salt and pepper a bit, then crack two eggs over it and stir until well coated. Add 3/4 cup cheddar cheese and continue to heat until just melted.

Nuke a couple of pita until they're warm, then cut open, insert lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes, and onion, if you're so inclined. Stuff in 1 serving spoons' full of the meat mixture, and serve with a salad (if trying to be healthy) or potato thingies of choice (if not caring.)

Alternately, we bake it with gyro spices and ground onions in a loaf pan, cool, then slice thin for mock gyros.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 06:43 PM
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11. i really need to get some pitas in stock
Edited on Tue Jan-10-06 06:45 PM by AZDemDist6
and that sounds really good and reminds me of a dish I used to love in SF

Lil Joe's Scramble

3 tb Peanut oil

1 Chopped onion

1 lb Lean ground beef

1 lb Blanched, drained and

Chopped spinach Salt Tabasco 4 Eggs, lightly beaten

4 tb Grated parmesan cheese

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion, and saute over medium heat until soft. Add the beef, using a fork to break it up into small bits. Cook until the redness is gone. Add the spinach, and mix well. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes. Add salt to taste. Mmix the Tabasco with the eggs. Pour over the beef mixture, and cook, stirring until the eggs are set. Remove from heat, transfer to a warm platter and sprinkle with parmesan.

edit to add, cholesterol wasn't an issure tonight as evidenced by this post LOL

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 07:51 PM
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17. Yum... sounds lovely
I'll have to make it when DH goes out of town for training or to a client site or something. He likes spinach, but not cooked. I don't care - spinach is good stuff, all the time.

Costco (here, anyway) carries pita; 2 dozen for 4 bux in 4 plastic bags. I freeze em, and they survive the chill just fine. But I use pita for everything - impromptu pizza, breakfast stuffers, glaze 'em with garlic butter and a bit of cheese to go with a cup of soup for lunch.... Of course, the ones the local costco carries are made here and are the best pita I've had in years...

I guess we could work out a trade - I'll ship you pita if you'll ship me Arizona oranges! *grin*
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 07:55 PM
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18. the citrus is ready this week
according to my neighbor who has 47 citrus trees, 18 apple, 8 pear and 4 peach trees

I buy his citrus for a $1 a bag

how many you want?

but I'll bet my Costco has pitas too......

I'll still send ya citrus though :)
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 08:33 PM
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23. Wow.
I'd been watching the AZ department of Ag, since there's a shop out on McKellips in Mesa that will ship.

I'm surprised he got peaches to grow, though.

PM me your address and I'll send you a check for shipping and stuff. (My mother, though I love her, is a bit busy this time of year and procrastinates on the sending her kid things... Oh well.)
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 09:41 PM
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25. joes special....


This is pretty famous stuff up here in NorCal....

http://www.greenspun.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg.tcl?m...
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murphymom Donating Member (443 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 07:20 PM
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13. Meatball soup
This is a good "cleaning out the refrigerator" kind of dish. I cook the meatballs with broth (made from boullion cubes and seasoned with chili powder and cumin) a can of chopped tomatoes, a chopped onion, celery, bell pepper, corn, a small can of kidney beans, and whatever miscellaneous vegetables are mouldering away in the back of the refrigerator that look like they could make one last stand before they go in the worm bin. I cook some rice separately and serve the soup with it - very simple meal but my husband loves it. Change the seasonings and vegetables a little bit, use pasta instead of rice, and you could probably turn it into a mock minestrone.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 07:35 PM
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14. excellent idea thanks!! n/t
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 08:01 PM
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19. Ooooh, I forgot my dad's favorite!
I present, Shit On A Shingle! I don't think Mom knew what dried beef was; chopped meat was an adequate substitute, and Dad loved the stuff! Now, just imagine how bland this is!

CHIPPED BEEF ON TOAST
AKA "SOS" or Shit on a Shingle Recipe
This page is from The Navy Wives Website
CHIPPED BEEF ON TOAST
Ingredients:
4 oz. dried beef
2 cups milk
2 tbs. butter
cup flour
Salt and pepper
6 slices bread
Cooking Instructions:
Melt butter in pan, add dried beef. Cook 2-3 minutes to brown. Add milk (reserve cup for later), salt & pepper. Bring to boil. Mix flour and remaining milk together. Slowly add to boiling mixture until it begins to thicken. Serve over toast.

*Note: This was called "Shit on a Shingle" back in the old days. Most people who eat this still refer to it as such.


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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 08:04 PM
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20. Mr Ketchup loves SOS but where the hell do you get dried beef these
days?

:shrug:
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 08:07 PM
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21. Jerky?
:shrug: Actually, if you have any kind of oriental markets near you, I think they have it.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 08:10 PM
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22. ahhh so! I found an awesome Korean market around the corner the
other day, great suggestion!
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 10:47 PM
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27. look for _machaca_ at mexican/latino markets....
Or make your own-- pound jerky with a hammer. But buying machaca is easier :-).
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jeanarrett Donating Member (813 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-11-06 03:16 PM
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33. Armour sells it in little glass jars at the supermarket. I
see it all the time. I have a picture, but don't know how to post them.

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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-27-06 05:37 PM
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42. Fry's carries it on the top shelf in the area with canned chicken and such
But be warned - it ain't cheap.
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CornField Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 10:39 PM
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26. Sante Fe Soup
Brown the beef and toss it in the crock pot (or on the stove if you rather).

Add in cans of beans, rinsed (I use pinto, black, chili or whatever is in the cabinet)
A can of corn or frozen corn kernels
Chopped onion
Minced garlic
Tomato sauce
Chili Powder
A jalepeno
Spices to taste

It goes great with cornbread or Mexican cornbread.
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Wordie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-11-06 12:16 AM
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28. Super easy Lebanese Yogurt Spaghetti...for garlic lovers!
If you want something quick and easy, ASDemDist6, this is it. I learned this recipe from a Lebanese friend.

Lebanese Yogurt Spaghetti

1 quart plain yogurt
1 pound spagetti
4-5 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

Pour off any liquid from the yogurt and put it into a large bowl. (Drained yogurt works even better for this recipe, but it's not necessary.) Let come to room temperature.

Pound the garlic in a mortar with a pestle, with a little salt, until it forms a fairly smooth paste. (Alternately, you can use a garlic press, I suppose, if you don't have a mortar and pestle.)

Add the garlic to the yogurt and stir well. Let stand for about 15 minutes for the garlic flavor to meld with the yogurt.

Cook the spagetti per the package directions. Drain well (especially important in this dish to let it drain well, or the dish will turn out watery), but don't rinse with cold water, as it needs to stay warm. Put into the bowl with the yogurt mixture and stir well. (If you are careful, you can use the same bowl for mixing and serving, if not, and it gets messy, transfer to a serving bowl.)

Break up the ground beef into rough 3/4" to 1" pieces (just grab pieces off; they aren't supposed to be smooth, so don't shape them in any way) and brown in a skillet with salt and pepper to taste. When done, drain off any fat and pour on top of the spaghetti. You can take the dish to the table with the beef on top, or mix it in before serving.

Voila!

I've found that for this recipe the low-fat or no-fat yogurts don't work that well, as they are thinner and make a runny sauce. My favorite to use is Brown Cow Cream Top, which is rich and creamy. I don't know if it comes in a full quart size though, as I generally am cooking for one and use the small container. The only trick to the recipe is in the timing, as both the spaghetti and the beef need to be done at the same time, or the dish will go cold before you serve it. The idea is that the heat of the just-cooked spaghetti and beef will warm the yogurt sauce.

The version that my Lebanese friend made also had melted butter poured on top, but that's just too rich for me. You can, of course, vary the amount of garlic to your own taste. With a green salad or some vegetables on the side, this makes a good meal.



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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-11-06 01:39 AM
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29. danish beef steak
Combine your ground beef with some finely chopped celery and onion, some worcestershire sauce and some nutmeg. Divide and pat into two "steaks" and fry in a frying pan until done (don't forget to salt and pepper). Then put a few spoons of sour cream or heavy cream or buttermilk or yogurt into the pan and simmer for a while, spooning sauce over the "steaks." Serve with a baked potato or noodles.

An old-fashioned hamburger steak just tastes great once in a while. Even better with some sliced onions browned in the same pan while the meat cooks.
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yellowdawgdem Donating Member (972 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-14-06 11:13 PM
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36. I could never be vegetarian
I occasionally enjoy mixing hamburger patties with some dry onion soup mix. Not too much, but not too little. And then I usually chop up a real onion and some garlic, and place as much as I can in the center of the burger, mushing and forming the meat around it. Then, I just fry or broil them, and they are really good btw. Easy enough, and have you ever tried ground buffalo
meat? That is similar to beef, but richer and leaner. I like it.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-15-06 08:12 AM
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37. funny you should say that, cuz that's what I ended up doing to it
mixed in some onion soup mix and made patties served with cottage cheese and sliced tomatoes and apples
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yellowdawgdem Donating Member (972 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 02:58 PM
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38. no kidding!
Well, sounds like you came up with something both simple and good, which is what you wanted.
I love cottage cheese and sliced tomatoes as a side dish.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-16-06 03:48 PM
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39. yup, it's one of ours too and it's so fast and easy n/t
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Reciprocity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-20-06 06:54 PM
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40. Ranch Style Beans


Camp beans
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (15 ounces) Ranch Style Beans
1 cans (10 ounces) Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes in Sauce


Cook ground beef, onion, and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until beef is crumbled and no longer pink; drain.
Add beans, tomatoes and chili powder; mix well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low.
Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste. Makes 5 servings.

Serve over rice with a side of corn bread.

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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-20-06 07:00 PM
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41. yum,,, I love Ranch Style Beans but DH, not so much
i even posted an ode to the beans in the black can (the only canned beans I'll eat)

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

but maybe if I doctored em up with your recipe they'd get a better reception and since dear Mr. Ketchup loves my cornbread it may be a winner! :woohoo:

thanks!
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Justpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 10:44 AM
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43. I am very late to find this thread but I must suggest that you
go immediately to:
http://www.lileks.com/institute/gallery / and check out the wonderful things they have
there. Don't go unless you take a big handful of tissue because you will be laughing to
hard that tears will run down your face. Really. The Gallery of Regrettable Food is
hilarious. A good laugh for all of us really bad cooks.

Click on the meat section and meat section #2.
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