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Three Ways to Use Ground Beef

written by

Carole Soule

posted on

February 29, 2024

Ground beef is a versatile ingredient that can be prepared in various ways. Here are of my favorites.

  1. Classic Hamburger Patties:
    • Mix ground beef with seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
    • Form the seasoned ground beef into patties of desired size and thickness.
    • Heat a grill, skillet, or grill pan over medium-high heat and cook the patties for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until desired doneness is reached.
    • Serve on burger buns with your favorite toppings such as lettuce, tomato, cheese, onions, and condiments.
  2. Spaghetti Bolognese:
    • In a skillet or saucepan, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions, garlic, and carrots, and cook until softened.
    • Add ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
    • Stir in tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Let the sauce simmer for about 20-30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
    • Serve the Bolognese sauce over cooked spaghetti noodles, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil.
  3. Stuffed Bell Peppers:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Cut the tops off bell peppers and remove the seeds and membranes from the inside.
    • In a skillet, cook ground beef with diced onions, garlic, cooked rice, diced tomatoes, and your choice of seasonings until the beef is browned and the vegetables are softened.
    • Stuff the bell peppers with the ground beef mixture and place them in a baking dish.
    • Top each stuffed pepper with shredded cheese, if desired.
    • Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until the peppers are tender.
    • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
    • Serve the stuffed peppers hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley.

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