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Cooking with ground beef

I can’t remember if I shared this this story before but if I did please indulge me because I think of it every time I use ground beef in a recipe. When I was growing up I loved to cook and that’s when I decided I would only make a recipe one time and throw it away if it wasn’t good we’d never have to eat it again and if it was good, well, there were lots of other good recipes.

It was also at this time that I could not touch raw meat, so I only cooked with ground beef. I think it was after the second week of hamburger recipes Papa asked why we weren’t having pork chops or steak. I explained I could not touch raw meat and all you had to do with hamburger was put it in the pan from the wrapper (I used rubber gloves for meatloaf). A pair of tongs appeared in the utensil drawer.

Sinful Meatloaf Recipe

1 Tbls. oil

1/2 c. onion, minced

1/2 green or red bell pepper chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp. cumin

1-1/4 lbs. ground beef

3/4 lb. ground pork

1 tsp.. pepper

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. salt, or

1-1/2 c. plain dry breadcrumbs

1/4 c. plus 2 Tbls. tomato-based barbecue sauce, divided

3 Tbls. sour cream

1 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce

1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, bell peppers and garlic; saute 3 minutes until soft.

Stir in the cumin and saute 1 minute until fragrant. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the beef, pork, pepper, cayenne, salt, breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce and egg. Use clean hands to combine until mixture is moist but not soupy.

Place in a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Bake, uncovered, 50 minutes. Raise the oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake another 30 minutes.

During the last 10 minutes of cooking, brush the top with 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce. Let sit 10 minutes before slicing.

Beef Casserole

1 lb. ground beef

1 – 20 oz. can creamed corn

4 large potatoes, mashed

Brown beef and drain. Set aside. Peel, slice, boil, drain & mash potatoes. In a casserole dish, layer beef, corn, and potatoes. Salt and pepper beef and potatoes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Double Treat Cake Mix Cookies

1 package white or yellow cake mix

1/3 c. vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 c. crushed chocolate sandwich cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, beat the cake mix oil, and eggs until well mixed. Stir in the crushed chocolate sandwich cookies. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 7 to 10 minutes, or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.