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What to do with 1/2 lb ground beef

Sarah Sep 29, 2013 05:58 PM

to serve (for 2) with rice and tomato salad. Brain not working right now, No hamburgers, please. TIA for saving my evening.

  1. AmyH Oct 2, 2013 09:38 AM

    This just came through on the Splendid Table Newsletter:


    It calls for 3/4 lb of ground beef, but I'm sure you could get away with 1/2 lb. It suggests serving with rice on the side, so you're good to go!

    1. c
      ChiliDude Oct 1, 2013 12:29 PM

      Look up (google) a recipe for a casserole called Texas Hash. It includes rice and canned diced tomatoes along with fresh diced bell peppers and diced onion.

      1. Atomic76 Sep 30, 2013 06:50 PM

        Depending on what you put in the rice and tomato salad, you could possibly make burritos.

        1. t
          Tara57 Sep 30, 2013 03:31 PM

          Joe's special -- ground beef, spinach, and egg


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          1. re: Tara57
            pikawicca Sep 30, 2013 04:57 PM

            And mushrooms, and onions. The meat need not be front and center.

            1. re: Tara57
              Sharuf Sep 30, 2013 07:28 PM

              Boy that's a weird recipe for Joe's Special. 8 eggs? Should be more like 2. All those garlic cloves? You just need a generous shake of garlic powder.

              1. re: Sharuf
                hotoynoodle Oct 2, 2013 09:31 AM

                it's for 4 servings. that's 2 eggs and a couple ounces of meat each.

                i don't even have garlic powder in my pantry.

                1. re: hotoynoodle
                  Hoppy12345 Jan 21, 2014 02:28 PM

                  Me either. I think it's gross compared to real garlic.

            2. Monica Sep 30, 2013 12:47 PM

              Marcella Hazan's bolognese sauce.

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              1. re: Monica
                c oliver Oct 2, 2013 08:35 AM

                Yeah, technically. But it's such a LONG process that I usually make a 4x or 5x batch and freeze in 2C portions.

              2. mucho gordo Sep 30, 2013 12:34 PM

                1/2 pound is barely enough for one person and you're gonna feed 2??? You'd better have enough other ingredients cuz neither one will have much meat on the plate.

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                1. re: mucho gordo
                  greygarious Sep 30, 2013 01:25 PM

                  I used to consider a meat portion to be 6-8 oz but gradually cut back to half that. Adding extra vegetables and/or fillers allows me to stretch a pound of meat to 4 servings of meatloaf, or more if it's something like chili or spaghetti sauce. Yesterday I made 3 qts of hearty soup containing barley, cabbage, onion, garlic, carrot, celery, chicken broth, apple, seasonings, and only 5 oz. of kielbasa. That will be 6 satisfying main course portions. My goal is for meat to be a condiment in, rather than the focus of, most of my meals.

                  1. re: mucho gordo
                    pikawicca Sep 30, 2013 04:56 PM

                    1/2 pound of meat is twice what I eat at a meal.

                    1. re: pikawicca
                      DavidPonting Oct 1, 2013 05:14 AM

                      The RDA is 4oz/100g - and while that isn't actually that much, looking at it, I find it plenty. The key is in the vegetables!

                      Going back to the original question - stuffed peppers (there was even a thread about them highlighted on the Chowhound RSS recently)! Chop the tomatoes up for sauce, mix the rice into the mince with herbs/spices/etc, and serve with the rest of the salad.

                    2. re: mucho gordo
                      c oliver Oct 2, 2013 08:34 AM

                      Our burgers (home ground meat) started out at 6oz, dropped to 5 and are now at 4. That's plenty for us.

                      1. re: mucho gordo
                        hotoynoodle Oct 2, 2013 09:29 AM

                        8 oz. raw ground beef cooks down to about 5 oz. not much for 2 unless the side is a GIANT pile of something else. protein is the most sating of the macros.

                        1. re: hotoynoodle
                          c oliver Oct 2, 2013 10:05 AM

                          I'm not finding that to be so but we cook our burgers til still pink. I've weighed before and after and found the difference a few tenths of an ounc.

                          1. re: c oliver
                            hotoynoodle Oct 2, 2013 10:29 AM

                            are you using very lean?


                            according to this 1 pound raw cooks to 12 oz.

                            unless bloody rare i don't see how you lose less than .5 ounces, sorry.

                            1. re: hotoynoodle
                              c oliver Oct 2, 2013 03:50 PM

                              I use chuck. And yep have measured and use very little.

                      2. boyzoma Sep 30, 2013 09:24 AM

                        Nacho's ;-)

                        1. i
                          INDIANRIVERFL Sep 30, 2013 07:45 AM

                          Mix rice into raw seasoned hamburger. Form into 2 inch balls. Cover with canned tomato soup and bake.

                          Porcupine Balls.

                          Mom had this cookbook. 365 ways to serve Hamburger.

                          1. JungMann Sep 30, 2013 07:26 AM

                            Arroz a la cubana: ground beef picadillo with tomatoes, plantains and rice topped with a sunny side up egg.

                            1. Allenkii Sep 30, 2013 06:23 AM

                              how about sheppard's pie? you can put more veggies in it, including mushrooms to make it filling :)

                              1. g
                                Gloriaa Sep 30, 2013 05:33 AM

                                Make Szechuan green beans substituting beef for pork.

                                1. mamachef Sep 30, 2013 03:51 AM

                                  Maybe not what you have on hand, but one of my favorite uses for small amounts of ground beef (or chicken) is to make a meat sauce: brown the beef w/ onion, garlic and ginger and a dash of cinnamon if you like it in savory foods; add a good T. tomato paste and a few T. water (or equivalent chicken or beef broth) and let it cook down to a nice saucy consistency, and serve it over warmed hummus w/ pita chips.

                                  1. greygarious Sep 29, 2013 09:43 PM

                                    Add onion, garlic, and whatever fresh or frozen veg is on hand, for a stir-fry with soy or teriyaki sauce, serve over rice.

                                    1. Sarah Sep 29, 2013 09:34 PM

                                      Wow - thanks everyone for your suggestions - they'll come in handy soon if not tomorrow!

                                      1. MidwesternerTT Sep 29, 2013 08:00 PM

                                        Stuffed green peppers, or green pepper stew.

                                        I have a great 2-sauces pasta dish that uses half-pound ground beef. But I would not use with rice. Let me know if you want that (long, but delicious) recipe.

                                        Three or Four bean casserole (what another CH calls "Cowboy beans") stovetop hotdish.

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                                        1. re: MidwesternerTT
                                          Sarah Sep 29, 2013 09:31 PM

                                          No long recipes please -- the cowboy beans sound interesting!

                                          1. re: Sarah
                                            MidwesternerTT Sep 30, 2013 07:19 PM

                                            Recipe is at this link

                                        2. weezieduzzit Sep 29, 2013 06:08 PM

                                          Porcupine meatballs? (half the recipe)


                                          1. pikawicca Sep 29, 2013 06:04 PM

                                            Brown the beef, along with some onion and garlic. Add spices and cooked rice and stuff tomatoes. Top with some grated cheese and bake until bubbly.

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                                              Sarah Sep 29, 2013 06:09 PM

                                              If only the tomatoes were "normal" size! Got a zillion of the sweet but teensy ones. Great idea tho.

                                              1. re: Sarah
                                                FriedClamFanatic Sep 29, 2013 08:18 PM

                                                Slice the Tomatoes in half and add them for the last cple of mins and then top with cheese

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