Category Archives: 09. Ground Meat

Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

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Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Makes about 6 servings

 

3/4 pound ground meat

1/2 cup onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and Pepper to taste

 

14 oz can of diced tomatoes

4 cups chicken stock

 

½ cup heavy cream

¼ cup flour

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 cup uncooked pasta, I used Barilla Ditalini pasta

 

In a large skillet, sauté the ground meat and onion until meat is no longer pink

Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about one or two minutes

Season with salt and pepper

Add ground meat to slow cooker

Stir in the chicken stock and the can of tomatoes, including the juice

Cook on high for 3 hours or 6 hours on low

Thirty minutes before serving: Whisk together the heavy cream and flour in a small bowl until no clumps remain, this is to thicken the soup

Whisk into the soup

Add the cheese and stir until it’s melted

Cook on low for 25-30 additional minutes

While that’s cooking, cook pasta according to instructions on box

Drain and add to slow cooker, stir to combine

Serve the soup with toppings such as additional cheese, crumbled bacon, sour cream and chopped pickles.

*Leftovers will thicken a lot as they sit in the fridge. To reheat, add a little water or extra chicken stock.

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Salisbury Steak with Onions and Mushrooms

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Serves 4

1 pound ground meat

1 egg

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon each seasoning salt, onion powder, garlic powder

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

 

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup sliced onion

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

2 cloves garlic, chopped

 

4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups beef broth

2 Tablespoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

 

In a large bowl, mix together the ground meat, egg, bread crumbs, pepper, seasoning salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce

Form into 8 balls, and flatten into patties

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat

Fry the patties, onion, mushrooms and garlic in the oil until patties are nicely browned, about 4 minutes per side

Remove the patties to a warming plate

Sprinkle flour over the onions, mushrooms, garlic and drippings in the skillet

Stir in flour scraping bits of meat off of the bottom as you stir

Gradually mix in the beef broth and vanilla, season with seasoning salt

Simmer and stir over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, until the gravy thickens

Turn heat to low, return patties to the gravy, cover, and simmer for another 15 minutes

Enjoy with a side of mashed potatoes or pasta

Cabbage Rolls

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Cabbage Rolls

Makes 6-8 servings

1/2 cup uncooked rice

2-3 pound head of cabbage

1.5 pounds ground meat, I used Pork

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon Adobo seasoning

2 tablespoons tomato sauce

Sauce

2 1/2 cups tomato sauce

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

 

Cook rice according to package directions

In a large sauce pan, bring water to a boil

Add cabbage leaves and boil until soft, 4-6 minutes, and then drain

Mix together ground meat, rice, onion, egg, salt, pepper, garlic powder, Adobo and 2 tablespoons tomato sauce

Combine 2 1/2 cups of tomato sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce

Pour a small amount on bottom of 9×12 baking pan

Divide mixture evenly among cabbage leave and roll up.  Do not overstuff

Place rolls, seam side down in baking pan

Pour remainder of sauce over the top of the rolls

Lay any extra cabbage leaves on top of mixture, this helps keep the tops from drying out during baking

Bake, covered, in a 350 degree preheated oven for 1-1.5 hours until the rolls have an internal temperature of 160 degrees

Enjoy!

Pan Seared Meatloaf

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Sliced Meatloaf

Butter

Onions

Gravy

I keep sliced meatloaf in the freezer so it is ready for a quick meal

Over the weekend I thawed a few slices for our meal.  Instead of just warming them up, I did this!

I took a large frying pan and sautéed the sliced onions in butter

After a few minutes, I removed them and set them aside

I added a little more butter to the pan and added the meatloaf slices

I let them go about 5 minutes a side over medium heat

While those were crisping up, I made the gravy and side dishes

I plated the meatloaf, topped it with onions and gravy

This was a nice change from the way we usually have it

He cleaned his plate!

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Homemade Sloppy Joes

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This recipe will make about 4 sandwiches

1 pound ground meat, I use ground pork

½ cup chopped onion

8 ounces tomato sauce

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Place ground meat and chopped onions in a skillet

Over medium heat, stir until meat is browned and onions are cooked

Drain any fat that has collected in the skillet

Stir in the rest of the ingredients

Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes stirring occasionally

We served ours on sandwich buns with shredded cheese on top

Enjoy!

Cheese Stuffed Burger Dogs

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Makes 4 servings

1 pound ground meat, I used ground pork
4 chunk strips of your favorite cheese
Buns

Preheat grill

I mixed my ground pork with a bit of adobo, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce

Divide into 4 portions

Flatten into long patties that the cheese will fit into

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Form the meat around the cheese

Gently roll back and forth and pat the ends shut till you have a nice formed roll with all the cheese tucked inside

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Slowly grill over low heat, our grill temp was at 350 degrees

Grill around 8 sides about 2-3 minutes per side

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You have to grill slowly so the cheese does not melt out

Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees

We used a meat thermometer in the end of the burger dog where there was no cheese to check the temperature

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Enjoy with your favorite toppings!

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Special thanks to my Big Sister for sending me this recipe! It’s a keeper!

Easy Meatloaf

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This recipe will make 1 loaf

1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 teaspoon Adobo or other seasoning you prefer
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 pound ground pork or other ground meat

* Optional Glaze
1/4 cup catsup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard or 1/2 teaspoon liquid mustard

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine all the ingredients until mixed well

Form mixture into a loaf

Place on a greased cookie sheet or in a greased loaf pan

Bake uncovered for 55 minutes

Remove from oven and let it set for a few minutes before slicing

* If you are adding the glaze, remove loaf from oven 45 minutes into baking

Pour glaze on top of loaf and return to oven

Bake an additional 10 minutes

I have been making this meatloaf recipe for over 27 years. It came in one of my first cookbooks I ever owned. I have tried other recipes, but I always come back to this one.

I will normally make an extra loaf. I refrigerate it for a day then cut into slices. I freeze the slices into serving size portions. These are now ready for a quick meal or for meat loaf sandwiches.  I have also broken up the pieces and put them into pasta sauce.  So much you can do with this recipe.