Friday, August 27, 2010

5 pounds of Hamburger, $5.00- now what??

While picking up just a few groceries yesterday, I found hamburger (80%) for $.99/lb so picked up 5 lbs.  Since it is not lean, I will not use it in a meatloaf but instead we had hamburgers last night and I just cooked up the the rest of it this morning.  I have bagged up a couple of sandwich bags of cooked meat to add to recipes with just salt and pepper.  Made a shepards pie for the freezer and will make a pasta dish for the freezer with spaghetti sauce (from a bottle, adding some of the ground beef), pasta and cheese on top.  I have found disposal aluminum containers at the dollar store, 4 for $1 and it is about 7" across, fits two servings perfectly, has a cardboard lid so you can write the contents on top with cooking directions.  I made chicken casserole and baked ravioli the last cooking day, so easy to take from the freezer the night before or before going off to work, when I get home I just have to bake it and dinner is done.  I am planning on making some meals to take to Danielle for her freezer since she has just started a new year of teaching and I am sure she is overwhelmed. 

What to do with Hamburger??
Upside-down Spaghetti
Spaghetti Sauce
Shepards Pie
Taco Soup
Taco Salad

Upside Down Spaghetti  (original recipe from Betsey Hyde)
Combine and Spread in Bottom of Casserole Dish
Layer 1:1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 8 oz pkg sour cream
Layer 2: Brown:  1 lb hamburger with onion and green pepper (to your liking- as much as you like)
Layer hamburger mixture onto of cream mixture
Layer 3: 1/2 pound cooked spaghetti
Layer 4: 1 32oz jar spaghetti sauce
top with Mozzarella Cheese, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese
Bake at 325 for 1 hour

The upside-down spaghetti can easily be divided between 2 smaller dishes, can be frozen as well.  Great dish to have in the freezer for those times that you get a call to bring in a meal to someone!!

Shepards Pie
1 can cream of corn
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 lb hamburger, cooked & drained
Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine ingredients in bottom of small casserole or glass dish.  Top with mashed potatoes (left-over or instant).  Sprinkle with cheddar cheese or slices of american cheese.  Bake at 350 covered for 30 minutes, uncover, bake for additional 10 -15 minutes to melt cheese. 
makes approximately 3 servings, can easily be doubled, just be sure to put it in a container that is the appropriate size.

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