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Ground Beef

An endless variety of meals can be made with ground beef. Most markets carry two or three grades of ground beef depending on the fat content of the meat (the less fat, the more expensive). The type you buy is a matter of personal choice. The final subtle flavors of each of the following recipes is highly dependent on the amount of seasoning which you decide to add. Broiling is easiest if you put aluminum foil over the broiling pan or baking dish. After cooking, just throw away the aluminum foil and there is nothing to wash. When baking, its faster to preheat the oven to the desired temperature before mixing the ingredients.

Hamburgers

The great American favorite. Mix ground beef with spices, ketchup or barbeque sauce, red wine and onions (optional). Divide mixture into hamburger patties and broil for about 5-10 min. on each side (depending on how well done you like your burger).

Tacos

Tacos can really be made into a full meal by themselves. The easiest tacos shells to use are the pre-formed ones that just have to be heated in the oven. The meat filling consists of browned ground beef with spices (chili powder, pepper, salt). With the addition of grated cheese, sour cream, shredded lettuce, chopped onion, tomato and meat to the taco shell, you have both a salad and a main course all rolled into one.

Taco Salad

Taco salad is and is not a salad; it does have lots of lettuce and tomato, but it also have lots of ground beef. In fact the only difference between regular tacos and a taco salad is that the taco salad does not have a taco shell. To prepare a taco salad, shred about 1 cup of lettuce per person andplace all the ingredients for a regular taco on top of the bed of lettuce.

Enchiritoes

A combination between an enchilada and a burrito. To make the meat sauce, first brown ground beef, then add spices and tomato sauce. Warm mixture over low heat. Lay meat sauce in an unfolded large flour tortilla. Add avocado, onions, cheese, and olives. Roll all ingredients into the tortilla. Use as many tortillas to use up the meat sauce. Bake enchiritoes in oven at 350 for 10-15 min. During the last 5 min. of baking time, place slices of cheese of the enchiritoes. Serve with sour cream on top.

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes can be made as spicy hot as you like. Brown ground beef and onions. Drain fat, then add tomato sauce. Spice and serve on bread or a hamburger bun.

Pizza

It's too much trouble to make pizza crust from scratch--instead use a "ready-made" pizza crust and a can of tomato sauce. The real art of making a pizza comes in its "decoration". So, follow the baking directions to make the crust and spread out the tomato sauce. The choice of topping is limitless.

Some suggested ingredients:

  • Cheese (jack, cheddar, mozzarella?, Parmesans)
  • Meat (ham, ground beef, salami, sliced hot dogs, bacon)
  • Olives, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, etc, etc, etc ....

Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Spaghetti is a dish where you can really show your individual tastes with seasonings. Brown ground beef, drain fat, then add spices. While the meat is simmering, add desired amount of dried or fresh spaghetti (or any other pasta) to boiling water. Combine tomato sauce, onions, mushrooms and garlic with meat (for an additional spice, add 1/4 cup of any red wine). For a thicker sauce add one small can of tomato paste. Serve spaghetti and sauce either separately or mixed together. A little bit of Parmesans cheese as topping can't hurt. Sometimes it pays to make a little more than you can eat because its great for leftovers.

Meatballs

Add meatballs on top of rice, spaghetti or old smokey, and you have yourself a meal. Heat tomato sauce in a pan. Mix spices, ground meat, and 1 egg in a bowl. Shape ground beef into individual meatballs and drop into tomato sauce. Cook until the meatballs are cooked inside (about 15 minutes depending on how big you make each meatball).

Meatloaf

You never thought you would make a meatloaf, did you? It's probably one of the easiest recipes to make. Just combine and mix all the ingredients listed below and bake in a dish for about 45 min. The oven should be set at 350. Cheese can be melted on top for the last 5 min. of baking time.

Quick Stroganoff

A beefy dish which can be served over rice or pasta. Brown ground beef and onions, and drain fat. Add a can of creamy vegetable soup like cream of mushroom or cream of onion and 1/2 can of water. Add spices and cook until hot. A lot of spices are not needed because the soup has enough flavor. Additional cooking time will thicken the broth.

Pepper Boats

An elegant dish which will impress even Mom. Brown ground beef and onions; drain fat and add spices and tomato sauce. Cut 3-4 green peppers in half and remove seeds and stems. Stuff green pepper halves with meat mixture and then bake for 15-20 min at 350. Melt slices of cheese on top of "boat", if desired.

Potato Socks

A popular dish served in many restaurants and bars as an appetizer or a main course. Wash large potatoes thoroughly before baking them for about 45-60 min at 400. While waiting for potatoes, get the stuffings ready; mince onions,grate or slice cheese, ready sour cream in a bowl, slice avocado, brown ground beef, find those bacon bits, baton down the hatches. When potatoes are soft inside (test by poking the potato with a fork), slice them in half. Remove cooked potato from potato skin, but leave the skin whole - this can be tricky!! Mix potato with cheese and about 2 tablespoons of milk for every potato. Stuff potato skin with potato/cheese mixture and add additional stuffings on top.

Chasteen's Shepard's Pie

Chasteen Mullins has contributed this recipe that is sure to make enough for 4 people and have plenty of leftovers. Brown ground beef (or ground turkey) then drain the meat. Add diced onions and cook them until done. Prepare gravy mix according to the package, then add the gravy to the meat. Simmer until mixed. Add spices. Take the meat mixture off the heat and set it aside. Make mashed (smashed) potatoes. After the potatoes are ready, spread the meat evenly over the bottom of a baking pan. Spread the potatoes on top of the meat and put a little butter on top of the potatoes. Cook in the oven at 350 until the top is brown.

Wanny Joe Special

Meat dish, egg dish, meat dish, egg dish...it's both!! Brown ground beef. While the meat is cooking, beat 3 eggs in a bowl. Drain the meat, then pour the eggs into the meat and add the spices. Heat the meat/egg mixture until the eggs are cooked (about 3-5 minutes). Serve with toast and ketchup.

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