If you have one pound of lean, fresh, ground beef, you've got at least 101 great opportunities for a quick and easy meal. Sometimes the meal can be sheer genius, fantastic, even memorable. With a pound of good ground, you have the opportunity to create a dish that will take you on a trip around the international gourmet world. You could also choose to use that same beef to make memory meals for a comfort food fix
A pound of ground beef is the most basic and versatile ingredient there is for a quick and easy mealtime fix. Here are some recipes basics, spices and add-ins for your ground beef recipes. You may adapt any of these recipes to make a variety of meals just by tweaking a spice or ingredient.
Loose Meat Sandwiches
One pound ground beef
One onion diced (Vidalia, if possible)
1/4 teaspoon each of the following: cumin, oregano, ground pepper, salt (to taste)
1 1/2 Tablespoons of Canola oil
1 clove fresh garlic, diced ( you may sub with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder)
1 package shredded mozzarella, swiss or provolone cheese
4 slices sourdough bread, mini sub rolls, potato rolls or hamburger buns
Heat the pan and add it in a couple of teaspoons of Canola oil
When the oil is heated, add the onion and garlic
Saute until translucent, careful not to overcook the garlic
Meanwhile add spices to the ground beef
Now, the key to any and all recipes for ground beef is the seasoning and spices. For the loose meat, I use a bit of cumin, some oregano, and salt and pepper, as listed above. Evenly distribute the spices and blend them into the meat. Be careful not to knead the meat as if it were dough. Gentle blending of the ingredients is best. Remember, we're not mixing concrete here.
If you're onions (garlic) are translucent, then add your beef mixture. If you didn't use fresh garlic, then be sure that you put garlic powder on the beef. You just brown the beef until you can't see any red. Add and stir swiss, muenster, colby or mozzarella cheese until it melts into the crumbled beef. Then drain off the fat from the meat.
Smear the slices with mayo, mustard and ketchup. Grab yourself a kosher dill slice, some chips or salad and yummmmmm.
Stuffed Pasta Shells
I box pasta shells
1 pound ground beef
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 onion diced
2 garlic cloves diced
1 bag chopped baby spinach
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 jar pasta sauce (marinara, tomato and basil or your preference)
1/2 cup Parmesan
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Cook pasta shells as per package instructions
Drain shells and reserve about half of the pasta water
Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat
Add chopped baby spinach, mushrooms, add nutmeg, basil to the pound of ground beef
Cook until the brown beef is done
When the beef mixture has cooled, add one egg, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup of the pasta water
Then add a egg, Parmesan cheese and pasta water to create a meat mix that you can use to stuff pasta shells.
Just lay down a layer of sauce on the bottom of a pan, put cooked shells on the sauce, fill with mixture. Cover with remaining sauce and cheese
Cook at 350 degrees for thirty minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
It would be impossible to write a credible article about the virtues of 1 pound of ground beef without a tribute to burgers. So many burgers, so little time! Add Roquefort cheese or any cheese preference you may have. Then cook it into the burger. Fantastic!
There's the mushroom burger, burger club with avocado, red onion, sprouts and cheese. Or my all time favorite, BBQ burgers bathed in sauce and cheddar cheese melted all over the patty. Now add some baked beans, with or without ground beef in it, and you've got some mighty fine eating to do.
The key to your cooking success with the pound of ground beef, or anything you choose to cook, is to be brave. Be willing to add spices be confident about making outstanding signature dishes. Amaze your family with a dash of your very own creativity and that one pound of fresh ground beef.
Additional Options and Variations:
Use your imagination! There's a world of options for creating exciting recipes with 1 pound of ground beef.
Want to impart an Asian flavor? No problem. Mix a bit of soy or tamari sauce into the beef blend, add a little ginger powder and cook in peanut or vegetable oil. Check out the International aisle of your grocery store for all kinds of wonderful possibilities for your meat magic.
There's housin sauce, jalapeno peppers, salsa, black olives, pasta, stewed tomatoes and canned corn, lettuce leaves and tortillas for wraps, rice, avocados, bell peppers, mac and cheese, and an entire world of garnishes and accompaniments that can make your one pound of ground beef sing and dance. Don't forget to throw some red wine into the meat sauce for your pasta dishes. It adds a robust flavor that puts any pasta dish over the top.
Never forget that the main ingredient that makes a meal wonderful is love. Cook like you mean it!