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What to do with 1/2 lb ground beef

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: pikawicca

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

      1. re: Sarah

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

      1. 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

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

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

          1. 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. 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. Make Szechuan green beans substituting beef for pork.

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

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

                    1. 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. 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

                            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

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

                              1. re: pikawicca

                                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

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

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

                                2. Marcella Hazan's bolognese sauce.

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                                  1. re: Monica

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

                                    1. re: Tara57

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

                                      1. re: Tara57

                                        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

                                          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

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

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

                                        1. 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. 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!