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keeker is looking for: (9 recommendations)
Ugh! Everything hurts from shoveling. The snow was-literally-up to my hips! I'm so grateful to my neighbors with snowblowers who came to my rescue and finished off my driveway. They are wonderful. Anyway, here's my request: I've got 1 1/2 lb. of hamburg thawed out and don't want to make another soup, meatloaf or macaroni casserole. What's your favorite go-to when you give up on the never-ending recipe search? Thanks for your ideas!

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Last updated: Feb. 10, 2013 12:33 pm
Posted: Feb. 9, 2013 11:30 am
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The secret to a great 'Sloppy Joe' is a thick, rich, almost dry consistency, which allows it to be eaten two-fisted, sans fork. 
Recommended by: Linda (LMT)
Feb. 9, 2013 11:32 am
these are so good. make and serve with a salad of some sort.
Feb. 9, 2013 11:45 am
I've already got a salad in the fridge. These sound yummy. Thanks!
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Feb. 9, 2013 11:33 am
I've been into these lately made with beef, turkey or chicken.
Feb. 9, 2013 11:47 am
I've seen this recipe before and it looks great, but would require a trip to the store. At this stage, I would be a danger to myself and others...but thanks for the reminder!
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Shepherd's Pie VI

Submitted by: Jacquie 
This version of shepherd's pie is a layered casserole of ground beef, carrots, and onion in a homemade gravy. It's topped with Cheddar mashed potatoes. 
Recommended by: Linda (LMT)
Feb. 9, 2013 11:33 am
and then good ole comfort.
Feb. 9, 2013 11:49 am
A strong contender-thanks!
Feb. 9, 2013 11:56 am
Shepherd's pie it is! Thanks again.
Feb. 9, 2013 12:00 pm
Well was going to suggest Shepards pie,but Linda(LMT) got here first:)
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Submitted by: BINGOMOMMA56 
Ground beef is seasoned and simmered with cabbage and rice in a zesty tomato sauce. This recipes cuts the time of baking cabbage rolls and it tastes just as good! 
Recommended by: Linda (LMT)
Feb. 9, 2013 11:34 am
Feb. 9, 2013 11:51 am
This is cracking me up because I made this Monday and froze quite a bit of it. It could feed a small army, but it is yummy!
Commented by: Don
Feb. 9, 2013 11:40 am
Hi, try this. cheers. Mediterranean Chilli Beef 300g Minced Beef 45g/1½oz Pancetta (or unsmoked streaky bacon) - chopped 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 cloves Garlic - finely chopped 1 large Onion - finely chopped Dried Spice Mix of 1½ tsp Paprika, 1tsp Oregano, ½ tsp Coriander, ¼ tsp Cumin, ¾ tsp Chilli Powder, ¾ tsp Cayenne Pepper 1 x 170g tin Tomato Puree 2 x 400gr/14oz tins Italian Plum Tomatoes - chopped 1 x 400g/14oz tin Red Kidney Beans - in Water Liberal splashes of Worcestershire Sauce - to taste To Serve: Rice - Pitta Bread - Baked Potato Method Heat oil in a large pot/pan, add pancetta and cook gently for 3 to 4 minutes until bacon is golden but not crispy; Add Onion, Garlic and continue to cook gently, stirring occasionally, for some 3 to 4 minutes or so until the onions soften a bit; Add spice mix, combine well with onion mixture and cook, stirring continuously, for further 1 minute; Add mince and, stirring continuously, break down and brown slightly for 4 to 5 minutes or so until NO LUMPS; Add puree, stirring in quickly to avoid burning; Add tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and kidney beans, stirring continuously to mix well; Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Feb. 9, 2013 11:55 am
Thanks, Don. Sounds good. I've never put coriander in my chili, but will try it next time. I love the fragrance it exudes.
Feb. 9, 2013 12:07 pm
Hi, doing shepherd's cottage pie, make the best. cheers. Scottish Style Shepherd's Pie/Cottage Pie 2tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500g/1lb ground Lamb or Beef 45g/1½oz Pancetta (or unsmoked bacon) - finely chopped 1 clove Garlic - finely chopped 1 large Onion - finely chopped 1 Carrot - finely diced 2 Bay Leaves 4 sprigs fresh Thyme 1tbsp Plain Flour 1 x 400g/14oz tin Tomatoes - chopped 4tsp Worcestershire Sauce or to taste 300ml/10fl oz Lamb or Beef Stock Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper For the Mash 700g/1½lbs Potatoes - peeled and sliced 55ml/ 2fl oz Milk or as required 75g/2½oz Butter 1 Egg - lightly beaten Cheddar Cheese - grated - for the topping Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6; Heat the oil in a large pan, add the pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, over a gentle heat for some 3 to 4 minutes until the pancetta is golden but not crisp; Add the garlic, onion and carrot and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 5 minutes until soft; Add the flour and mix in well; Add the ground meat and cook, stirring continually to break down, for about 5 to 6 minutes or so to brown, ensuring no lumps; Add the bay leaves, thyme, chopped tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and stir; Add the stock and freshly ground black pepper; Bring to boil and let it simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour or so until sauce thickens a bit; Meanwhile, to make the topping, boil the potatoes in water until soft but still with some bite; Drain, dry out a little, mash with the butter, egg and milk and season with salt and pepper; Spoon the meat mixture into an ovenproof dish; Top with the mash; Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top of the mash and bake until the surface is bubbling and golden-brown.
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These savory barbequed beef treats aren't pretty, but they are delicious. You can freeze them for a quick dinner, but hide them or your family will eat them up! 
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Feb. 9, 2013 12:10 pm
something different. I must be getting hungry ...
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An easy-to-make classic featuring tasty hamburger 'steaks' smothered in gravy and onions. It's a great way to dress up a pound of ground beef, and you probably have all the ingredients on hand! 
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Feb. 9, 2013 1:43 pm
This comes together quick and still feels special. I add bacon and/or mushrooms sometimes and to the gravy.
Feb. 9, 2013 2:09 pm
I was going to suggest this also -yummy with mashed taters or wide noodles
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Feb. 9, 2013 2:49 pm
I keep meatballs (without Italian seasoning) in the freezer; makes this a farily quick and easy dish.
Commented by: redly
Feb. 10, 2013 12:33 pm
++We love "Hamburger Gravy" Throw a few potatoes in the oven to bake. Brown and drain the hamburger from grease. Stir in a package of instant beef onion soup or beef onion mushroom soup. Add water and then thicken with a bit of cornstarch and water. Break open your baked spuds and cover with your hamburger gravy. This is such an easy recipe! Throw in a can of mushrooms if you have them around. Once you get used to this recipe you can make it with beef boullion and whatever onions and mushrooms you have on hand==fresh or dried. It's so good on top of those baked spuds. We like broccoli as a side. Then you can always add the traditional spud toppers of sour cream or shredded cheese.
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