Recently I was at a loss for ideas of what to cook for dinner one evening.
I decided to use my Facebook status to ask friends for ideas.
This is what I said:
Let’s play “What’s for dinner at the Hasker Haus?”
A pound of hamburger and a fairly well stocked pantry and fridge. Ideas? Go!!
I got lots of good ideas, so I decided to turn the list of replies into this post.
My “usual suspects” for a pound of hamburger would be tacos, spaghetti and meat sauce, spaghetti and meatballs, chili, or chili spaghetti (aka Cincinnati Chili). I requested that my friends not suggest any of those “usual” ideas.
From Lynette: brown the hamburger – boil and mash 3-4 med to large potatoes – put hamburger in bottom of casserole dish, place 1 can of vegetable beef soup over the hamburger – then place mashed potatoes over that to top off the casserole – then garnish with shredded cheddar cheese – bake at 350 for 30 minutes – yummy
From Lynn: Hamburger stroganoff. Flour, garlic salt, pepper, cream mushroom, sour cream. Over noodles.
From Jeff: Hamburger helper!!
From Pat: Goulash the easy way. Med onion diced, a can of Kidney beans, Macaroni, hamburger, dice or whole canned tomatoes, salt, pepper and basil.
From Karen: Order Dominoes!
From Sara: Sour cream noodle bake from Pioneer Woman. Or ummmm, hamburgers?
From Rachel: My go-to hamburger easy recipes are pretty basic, but when I don’t feel like doing much they’re perfect. We do hamburger, peas and rice with soy sauce. It’s yummy. Steam the rice, Brown the hamburger, add rice to the drained meat, add in soy sauce, throw in a bag if frozen peas. Easy. Or I do hamburger ramen noodle casserole, a big favorite. Brown hamburger, drain. Add in jar of spaghetti sauce and halve up 4 ramen noodle packs, cover the noodles with the sauce. Use two seasoning packs, add a little less than a cup of water and whatever bag of frozen veggies you have. Corn, peas, mixed veggies, whatever. Simmer for about ten minutes. Add shredded cheese to top and cover so cheese melts. The kids LOVE this one. Or I do hamburger soup – whatever stock or broth I have, browned meat, carrots, potatoes diced, celery, onion, corn, garlic. Season with salt and pepper, soy sauce, basil, a bit of cumin, paprika.
Sara again: Maid-Rite style burgers.
From Marianne and Stacy: This is the recipe I wanted when I started all of this! 1# gr. beef, 1 egg, 3/4t salt, pepper to taste, 1/2c milk, 1c crushed cornflakes, 2T minced onion, 1T Worcestershire, 1-2 cloves garlic. Form into 4 patties, 1″thick. Broil 3-5″ from heat 10-12m, turning halfway through. Addendum from Laura H: To me it has to have cornflakes or it won’t taste like Mom’s… Knowing you like info, I add this. Mom got this from a magazine in the 50′s. It was called Budget Porterhouse Steak . When I wrote out the recipe for the kids, I called it Good Broiled Hamburger.
From Laura K: Turkish Kebob? Me: Köfte!
Recipes for this dish: Turkish Meatballs from food.com; Turkish Köfte Recipe from chow.com; Köfte Kabobs from All Recipes.com; How to make the perfect lamb kofte; Lamb Kofte with Yogurt Sauce form Epicurious; Kofta Kabobs with Tzatziki from Food network.
From Bert: I do a potato bake – brown the burger with a diced onion, add a can of tomato soup, add a lot of raw sliced potatoes. Stir together and bake 375′ for an hour or so…
I really appreciate all the choices and recommendations. Now I have many new ideas for the next few weeks of family dinners, and you do, too!