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Oct 9, 2006 05:10 PM

New ideas for ground meats

We buy a lot of ground meats because they are easier for our little boy to chew through, but I am running out of ideas for preparing them.

I do a pretty steady stream of turkey, chicken, or beef chili, meatballs, meatloaf, burgers, and an occasional chinese stir fry with ground pork or an indian curry with ground lamb. Looking for some new ideas to bring excitement back to dinner (and to cooking). Thanks all!

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  1. how about stuffed vegetables? stuffed cabbage comes to mind. what a yummy dish for fall...
    pierogis are another option.
    as are other stuffed pastas--ravioli, tortellini, etc...

    1. What about a scandinavian meal with swedish meatballs, lingonberries, red potatoes? This lamb and raisin pie with pine nuts and mint is also yummy:

      1. What about meat pies, like turnovers, empanada or pasties?

        You can vary the flavor profiles of the fillings to suit the ground meat you've got on hand and your tastes. Pastry crusts are pretty easy to make - and can also be jazzed up with the addition of things like achiote, cheese or other spices - but if juggling time and ease of preparation are an issue, the pre-made pie crusts, frozen phyllo dough or puff pastry work like a charm.

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        1. re: DiningDiva

          hey, yes, another great warm meal--shepherd's pie.

        2. Great ideas! I'm not much of a baker/pasta maker, but the pre-made doughs sound great in a pinch. And maybe I will start working on my dough skills. Thank you :)
          Just imagining now some little meat pies and a bowl of hot soup. Dinner!

          1. I recently made stuffed peppers with italian sausage, pecorino romano, breadcrumbs and egg that would work. I stuffed jalapenos and hungarian wax peppers but you can use cubanel peppers so its not spicy. Take the sausage out of the casing and breakup the meat and saute until cooked through. Cool and mix with the cheese, breadcrumbs and an egg. Use enough of each ingredient so the mixture comes together. Off hand I think I used 3/4lb sausage, one egg, 1/3-1/2 cup of grated cheese and 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs. Then stuff into hollowed out peppers and bake at 350 till the peppers are soft, maybe 20-30 minutes. Then serve with marinara sauce.