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Hamburger is just about the best food value in the meat market.
It can be fixed in a gazillion ways. Buy it in the mega-family
packs and freeze any that you won't be using in a day or so. For
freezing purposes, small sandwich baggies (generic brand) are
convenient. They hold about 1/3 to ½ pound, just the right portion
for most of these recipes. Put the individual baggies of hamburger
into a larger freezer bag or container before placing in the
freezer. Remember that when handling fresh meat you must be
scrupulous in your cleanliness. Wash your hands with soap before
and after packing meat for the freezer, wash all surfaces and
utensils used in hot soapy water. And remember, most of the
recipes in this section can also be made with chopped leftover
roast or ground turkey.
Hamburger ----- two medium potatoes ----- slices of raw onion ----- one can pork and beans ----- salt and pepper ------- one can of tomato soup
Brown some hamburger, drain grease. Slice two medium potatoes in
the bottom of a casserole dish. Place slices of raw onion on this
(broken into rings). Pour one can of pork and beans over this. Put
hamburger on top. Salt and pepper to taste. Spread 1 can tomato
soup over the hamburger. Bake in 350 degree oven for 60 to 90
minutes or until potatoes are done.
1 small head cabbage ----- ½ lb hamburger ----- 2 cups stewed tomatoes or sauce ----- salt and pepper ----- 1 cup chopped onion ----- 1/4 cup uncooked rice ----- 1 cup hot water
Cut cabbage into ten pieces. Place in bottom of casserole dish.
Brown beef with onions and rice and drain. Pour mixture over
cabbage and mix together a little. Mix other ingredients and pour
over dish. Cover and bake in 350 degree oven for about 1 hour or
3 cups mashed potatoes ---- chopped onion and parsley ---- 3 eggs ----- 3 cups cooked hamburger ----- 1 cup milk or gravy ---- salt and pepper
Cook onion and parsley in margarine until onion is limp, mix
meat, potatoes, gravy, salt and pepper. Separate the eggs, add the
egg yolks, mix well, then add the egg whites, mix well. Pile
lightly into a greased baking dish and bake in 350 degree oven for
one hour. Serve.
½ lb hamburger ----- 1 chopped onion ----- 1 can vegetable soup ---- salt and pepper ----- 1 cup cooked beans ----- 2-1/4 cups water ----- 2 sliced potatoes ------ dumplings
Brown meat and onion, drain fat. Add soup, potatoes, water,
simmer until potatoes are almost done. Add dumplings, cover, cook
until dumplings are done.
½ lb ground beef ---- 1 egg, beaten ----- chopped onion ----- 1 can chicken noodle soup ----- 2 cups dry bread cubes ----- 1 cup milk ---- ½ tsp sage ----- salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients together. Turn into greased casserole dish
and bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes.
½ lb hamburger ----- 3 cups shredded cabbage ----- salt and pepper ----- 1 cup cooked rice ----- ½ cup chopped onion ----- 2 cup water ------ bread dough
Make your favorite recipe of bread dough (using 6 to 7 cups of
flour). After first rising, divide the dough in half, cut each
half into nine pieces. Roll each piece out so it makes a small
thin circle of dough. Put about 2 tablespoons of the meat/cabbage
mixture in the middle of each piece of dough, fold the corners
together and pinch the edges to seal. Bake on greased cookie
sheets at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. To make the meat mixture:
brown meat, drain grease, add onion, salt, pepper, cabbage, and
1-1/2 cups water. Simmer for about 20 minutes (until the water is
gone). Add cooked rice. Let cool before you put onto dough.
Variation: make one large "pocket" instead of individual ones
(divide dough in half, roll each into rectangle, one for the
bottom, one for the top, after filling, pinch ends together. Use
fried potatoes in place of rice. Add a beaten egg to the meat
mixture or to the dough. Add a tablespoon of sugar to the cabbage
and meat while it is cooking.
½ lb hamburger ----- ½ lb noodles ----- cream of mushroom soup ----- frozen vegetables (1-2 cups) ----- ½ chopped onion ----- 1 cup beef stock ----- 1 cup milk ----- 1/4 lb cheese ----- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced ----- 2 tbsp flour
Fry hamburger, drain grease. Add vegetables, onion, garlic, and ½
cup stock. Simmer about five minutes. Stir in flour. Mix ½ cup
stock and 1 cup milk, stir into meat mixture. Add sop and cheese.
Heat until the cheese is melted and sauce is thickened. While this
is cooking, boil noodles according to package directions and
drain. Mix everything together. Optional: finish in 350 degree
oven for about 15 - 20 minutes, topped with crumbled crackers
mixed with some melted margarine. Variations: add chopped
jalapenos. Use copped leftover roast and gravy. Add 1 cup barbecue
sauce (if using barbecue sauce, don't add mushroom soup; use cream
of tomato in place of mushroom soup.
½ lb hamburger ----- 2 cups frozen vegetables ---- cream of tomato soup ---- 2 cups beef stock or water with bouillon ----- onions and garlic ---- pie crust and top
Fry burger, drain grease. Add onions, garlic, vegetables, ½ cup
stock. Simmer five minutes. Stir in two tablespoons flour. Add
1-1/2 cup stock or water with beef bouillon dissolved in it, ½ cup
milk, cream of mushroom soup. Pour into unbaked pie crust and top
with more pie crust dough (like you were making an apple pie).
Bake until crus is done, about 20-30 minutes. Variations: pour
into pie pan, top with biscuits, bake until biscuits are done. Add
cheese. Use leftover roast. And yes, jalapenos are good here too.
½ lb hamburger ---- 1 can tomato sauce ---- noodles ----- cheese (optional) ----- can of peas, drained ----- onion ----- chili powder
Brown beef and onion, drain grease. Cook noodles and drain. Mix
together with other ingredients and put cheese on top. Bake at 350
degrees until cheese melts.
½ lb hamburger ---- 1-1/2 cups milk----- 1/4 cup chopped onion ------ 2 tbsp margarine ----- 3 eggs ---- cheese ----- sliced tomatoes ---- salt and pepper to taste
Heat oven to 400 degrees and grease a 10 inch pie pan. Cook
hamburger with onion, drain grease. Add salt and pepper, spread in
pie plate. Melt margarine, mix with flour, milk, and eggs (make
sure mixture is smooth). Pour onto hamburger in pie pan. Bake 25
minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from oven, top with sliced
tomatoes, sprinkle with cheese. Bake another five to eight
minutes, until cheese is melted. Cool five minutes before eating.
Variations: shred carrot and/or zucchini and add to batter.
Eliminate hamburger, use beans instead, or in addition to
2 cups bread crumbs ----- 1/4 cup minced onion ---- ½ lb hamburger ----- 1 cup beef stock ----- 1-1/2 cups milk ----- 1 egg, beaten ---- salt and pepper ---- 1 tbsp flour ----- cream of mushroom soup.
Soak breadcrumbs in ½ cup milk. Add onions, meat, egg, and
seasonings. Mix thoroughly (it is easiest to use your hands).
Shape into 1 inch balls. Fry in oil until lightly browned on all
sides. Remove meatballs, add the flour to the fat and blend. Add
beef stock, 1 cup milk, cream of mushroom soup. Cook and stir over
medium heat until sauce is smooth and thickened (about 2 minutes).
Add meatballs, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve meatballs
and sauce over Rice Stuffing.
1/4 lb hamburger ---- milk ----- flour ----- salt and pepper
Fry hamburger, drain fat, measure back into meat 3 tbsp of
hamburger fat, add 4 tbsp. flour, stir, add 2-3 cups of milk. Cook
over medium heat until thickened. Serve over rice, toast, or
½ lb ground beef ---- 2 cans tomato sauce (15 oz cans ---- 2 cups uncooked macaroni ----- ½ cup mayonnaise.
Cook and drain macaroni. Brown the hamburger, drain grease. S tir
in tomato sauce, add spices (as desired), add mayonnaise and
cooked macaroni. Heat thoroughly, don't boil, stirring
occasionally, sprinkle with cheese and serve.
½ lb hamburger ---- 2 cup chopped celery ---- 2 cups thinly sliced potatoes ---- 1 can red kidney beans ----- 1-1/4 cups beef stock or water ----- 1-1/2 cup chopped onion ----- 2 tsp chili powder ----- 1/3 cup uncooked rice ---- 1 can tomato soup
Cook hamburger until it starts changing colors, add celery, chili
powder, onion. Cook until mixture is browned, drain grease. Add
potatoes, rice, undrained can of kidney beans, tomato soup, water
or stock. Bring to a boil. Pour into a 3 quart casserole. Cover
and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.
Mashed potatoes ---- ½ lb hamburger ----- 1 chopped onion ----- frozen vegetables (1-2 cups) ---- creamed corn (optional) ---- cream of mushroom soup (optional) ---- 1 cup beef stock ----- 1/4 lb cheese (3-4 slices) ----- garlic, minced ----- 1 cup milk ----- 2 tbsp flour
Make mashed potatoes. Fry burger and drain grease. Add onion,
garlic, vegetables, and ½ cup stock. Simmer five minutes. Stir in
two tablespoons of flour. Mix ½ cup stock, 1 cup milk, stir into
meat/flour mixture. Add soup, cheese, and creamed corn. Place in a
casserole dish (you can also use a cast iron skillet). Put mashed
potatoes on top, covering the entire pan. Bake in 350 degree oven
for about 20 minutes. Variation: mix one cup cooked rice with
½ lb hamburger ---- 1 cups uncooked rice ---- 2 cups frozen vegetables ---- onion ---- cream of mushroom soup ---- garlic, minced --- 1 cup beef stock ---- Mexican spices to taste ---- 1 can chilies and tomatoes ---- cream of tomato soup or tomato sauce
Cook rice with bouillon in the water. In separate pan, fry
burger, drain grease. Add chopped onion and garlic, vegetables, ½
cup stock and canned chilies and tomatoes Simmer five minutes. Add
soup and cheese, ½ cup stock, stir until cheese is melted. Mix
meat sauce with rice. Variations: replace rice with any kind of
cooked pasta, or serve meat sauce over baked potatoes.
Prepare the same as Turkey Macaroni, but substitute 1/4 to ½ lb
fried and drained hamburger for the turkey. An additional
variation is to add 1 can chilies and tomatoes and a can of cream
of tomato soup in place of the creamed corn and cream of mushroom
Potatoes ----- ½ lb hamburger ---- creamed corn (optional) --- frozen vegetables (1-2 cups) ----- cream of mushroom soup ---- chopped onion ---- 1/4 lb cheese ---- 1-1/2 cups beef stock
Slice potatoes in half and boil for ten minutes. Fry hamburger,
drain grease, add vegetables, onion, ½ cup stock. Simmer five
minutes. Stir in two tablespoons flour, add 1 cup milk and 1 cup
stock, add soup, corn, and cheese. Slice potatoes and add to
mixture in casserole dish. Cook 30 minutes in 375 degree oven.
Variations: add chopped jalapenos. Use fried potatoes in place of
½ lb hamburger ---- chopped onion ---- 2 cans cream of mushroom soup ---- salt and pepper ---- 1 cup uncooked rice ---- frozen vegetables
Fry meat, drain fat. Add seasonings and onions, cook until onions
are clear. Add soup and uncooked rice, plus two cups water or beef
stock. Bake in 350 oven until rice is done. Variations: use cream
of tomato soup instead of mushroom soup, use chili powder and
cumin to season.
½ lb hamburger ---- 4 tbsp flour --- 1 egg ---- 1/4 cup milk --- 1/4 cup chopped onion ----- 1 cup bread crumbs ---- 1-1/2 cups beef stock ---- 2/3 cup water ---- 3-4 potatoes, cut in chunks ---- 3-4 carrots, sliced ---- 1 tbsp margarine ----- salt, pepper, minced garlic or garlic powder
Combine hamburger, bread crumbs, 2 tbsp flour, salt and pepper,
egg, milk, and 1/4 cup chopped onions. Form mixture into
meatballs. Brown in 1 tablespoon of margarine in a hot skillet.
Take out meatballs. Blend 2 tbsp of flour with margarine in
skillet, add beef broth and water. Cook, stirring constantly,
until mixture thickens. Add potatoes, carrots, sliced onions,
meatballs. Cover skillet, reduce heat, simmer 30 to 35 minutes
until vegetables are tender.
1 lb hamburger ---- 1 small onion ---- ½ cup ketchup ---- 1/4 cup water or beef stock ---- 1 tsp chili powder ---- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce --- 1 tbsp mustard ---- salt, pepper, ground red pepper
Fry hamburger and onion and drain grease. Add the rest of the
ingredients and simmer over low heat about one hour.
2 tbsp margarine ---- 1 cup diced onion ----- ½ lb hamburger --- ½ cup uncooked rice ---- 2-3 cubed potatoes ---- 1/3 cup diced celery ---- 2 cans red kidney beans (not drained) ---- 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounce) ---- 2 cups water or beef stock ---- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce --- salt and pepper
Pour melted margarine in casserole pan. Add the next six
ingredients, one at a time, building up layers. Mix the water (or
stock, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper
together and pour over meat mixture. Bake for 3 hours at 300
Hamburger -- chopped onion --- tomato soup --- green beans (drained) ---- mashed potatoes ---- cheese (optional)
Fry hamburger, drain fat. Put in casserole, and add green beans,
cheese, and tomato soup. Mix together. Place mashed potatoes on
top. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
½ lb hamburger --- 1 medium onion, sliced/diced ---- 1 can lima or great northern beans --- 1 can kidney beans ---- 2 tbsp mustard ---- 1 can pork and beans --- 4 slices bacon, fried crisp and crumbled ---- 2 tbsp vinegar ----- ½ cup ketchup ---- 1/4 to ½ cup brown sugar.
Drain the beans (you can also use about 4 cups of any cooked
beans), save the liquid for use in a casserole later in the week.
Brown the meat and onions in a skillet, drain the fat. Mix beans
and bacon, add to beef and onion. Combine vinegar, ketchup,
mustard and sugar, add to meat mixture, stir until mixed
thoroughly. Bake in casserole for one hour at 325 degrees.
½ lb hamburger --- 1 can pork and beans --- 1 can chili beans --- chopped celery --- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce --- 1/4 tsp hot chili sauce --- ½ cup sliced onions ---- ½ cup ketchup --- 2 tbsp vinegar ---- grated cheese ---- salt, pepper, paprika ---- 2 tbsp brown sugar
Brown beef and onions, drain fat. Add the remaining ingredients,
mix well. Pour into 1-1/2 quart casserole, bake for 25 to 30
minutes. Sprinkle cheese on mixture before baking (optional).
½ lb hamburger --- 1 can vegetable soup ---- 1 cup cooked rice
Brown hamburger, drain fat, add salt and pepper, soup and rice.
Stir, heat, and serve.
½ lb hamburger ---- 1 can tomato soup ---- ½ soup can water or beef stock ----- garlic, salt, pepper ---- ½ chopped green pepper ---- 1 can mushroom soup ----- 1 lb spaghetti ---- grated cheese.
Brown hamburger with green pepper, drain fat. Mix together soups,
salt and pepper, water, cheese and garlic. Add hamburger and green
peppers, stir in cooked and drained spaghetti. Put in 9 by 13 inch
pan and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees,
or until heated throughout and bubbly.
½ lb hamburger ------ 1 cup cooked rice ----- 2 cups cooked beans
---- flour tortillas ----- 1 can tomato sauce (8 oz) ---- 1/3 lb
shredded cheese ----- chopped black olives (optional)
1 cup crumbled dried bread ---- 1/3 cup milk ---- 1 lb hamburger ---- 1 egg beaten ---- 1 tbsp minced parsley (optional) ---- 1 small onion, minced ---- salt and pepper
Soak bread in milk until soft, add meat, salt, egg, parsley, and
onion. Blend with fingers until smooth, form into patties. Fry
until browned on both sides. Serve on buns or with a sauce. Note:
this is the original hamburger recipe, as invented in Hamburg,
1 lb hamburger -- 2 eggs, beaten --- salt and pepper ---- 3 slices dry bread, crumbled ----- 1/3 cup milk or beef stock.
Soak dried bread in milk for at least 15 minutes. Blend all
ingredients well, knead and form with fingers into smooth round
balls of desired size. Cook in broth or sauce according to your
favorite recipe (usually 20 - 30 minutes). Makes about 70 small
meat balls, or about 35 one inch meatballs. When cooking in a
sauce, it is usually best to lightly brown the meatballs in oil
before adding to the sauce.
1 recipe Your Basic Meatballs ----- 4 slices bacon ---- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced ----- 2 tbsp ketchup ---- sliced mushrooms (optional) ---- ½ pound noodles ---- cream of mushroom soup ---- 1/4 tsp each of thyme and oregano
Prepare meatballs, adding thyme and oregano to the meat mixture.
Fry bacon slices until crisp, remove from pan. Saute meatballs in
bacon fat until browned on all sides, remove. Add sliced onion to
pan, cook until soft and lightly browned. Add mushrooms to onions.
Cook noodles, drain, place noodles, onion-mushroom mixture, and
meatballs in layers in 1-1/2 quarter casserole. C combine soup,
ketchup, salt and pepper, add 1/4 cup water (or beef stock or
liquid from canned mushrooms) and pour over other ingredients.
Crumble bacon, sprinkle over top. Cover casserole dish and bake in
375 degree oven until sauce is bubbling (about 45 minutes).
Bacon ends and pieces -- 1 onion -- ½ lb hamburger -- 1-2 cups cooked beans, or canned beans -- 1 cup shredded cheese (optional) -- cornbread batter -- cream of tomato soup -- spices to taste (such as chili powder, ground red pepper, cumin)
Fry bacon and remove from pan, cutting it in pieces. Chop onion
and fry until light brown. Add hamburger, fry, drain grease. Add
bacon pieces to hamburger/onion mixture, pour soup over it and add
½ can water or beef stock, beans, mix well. Simmer this mixture
slowly about 30 minutes, stirring often. If it gets thick, add a
little water. Add cheese, stirring well. Put in casserole dish (or
if you are using a cast iron skillet, leave in pan) and pour your
favorite recipe of Corn Bread batter over the top. Heat in 400
degree oven until cornbread is done, about 20-30 minutes.
Variations: For vegetarian, eliminate bacon and hamburger and use
extra beans. Add can of hot dog chili sauce to meat mixture.
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