Monday, October 21, 2013

106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef

When 110 pounds of ground beef arrives in your freezer, you experience a variety of emotions.  When it appears just days after you'd donated 55 pounds of ground beef to the Foodbank to make room for the new beef . . . well, let's just say that the need for new ground beef recipe ideas becomes imperative.

Why do I have so much ground beef in my freezer?  Simply put, I like to know about where my food is coming from, and in addition to eating from our CSA farm share, I like to get meat and eggs locally as well.  If you'd like to purchase beef local to where you live, check out the upper left corner for the Local Harvest options in your area.  If you live in the Seattle, WA area check out Farmstr where you can connect directly with food producers.  I've got a NOTE below, more about the beef in my freezer, but I don't wish to offend anyone's tender sensibilities so I first I will share the following wonderful recipe ideas shared by a variety of food bloggers who answered my plea for ground beef recipes.

I broke this list into 9 groups, but you'll find there are some posts that could fit in multiple groups.  Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic's Lasagna Soup is one of them, as it fits in both the Lasagna category and the Soup/Chili/Slow Cooker category.  Wendy of Around My Family Table's Slow Cooker Taco Meat is another one, fitting into both the Taco/Nacho category and the Slow Cooker/Chili/Soup category.  Chanie of Busy In Brooklyn's Spaghetti Squash Bolognese . . . I could go on!  Just like my Visual Recipe Index, where I break up categories by vegetables above or under the ground, know that my mind is an interesting place and the categories seemed good at the time, or made better-sized collages.

Ground Beef in Lasagna


106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef | Farm Fresh Feasts
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Lasagna Soup from Cravings of a Lunatic
Easy Spicy Lasagna from Cravings of a Lunatic
Easy One Skillet Lasagna from I Heart Eating
Spicy Tortilla Lasagna from The Kitchen Is My Playground
Easy Italian Lasagna by Modern Christian Homemaker
Quadruple Roasted Vegetable Mock Florentine Mock Lasagna by me!


Ground Beef Stuffed into Things


106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef | Farm Fresh Feasts
Links below are shown in this collage Left to Right, Top to Bottom, plus a couple of mine that didn't fit
Meat & Rice Stuffed Baby Eggplants from Busy in Brooklyn
Baked Spaghetti and Spaghetti Squash with Optional Ground Beef from Kitchen Treaty
Chipotle Stuffed Zucchini Boats from Nutmeg Nanny
Spaghetti Squash Bolognese from Busy in Brooklyn
Pepper Potts' Stuffed Peppers from Mom on Time Out
Paleo Stuffed Eggplant (With Ground Beef) from Everyday Maven
Millet and Dukkah Stuffed Squash from This American Bite
Stuffed Peppers with Beef and Bulgur Wheat from The Lemon Bowl
Tomato and Capsicum Beef Mince Farcie with Polenta from Masala Herb
Lebanese Stuffed Cabbage Rolls from The Lemon Bowl
The Best Beef Samosas from Rock Recipes
Stuffed Breakfast Biscuits from Around My Family Table
Basic Farm Fresh Feasts-a-boli from me!
Beef, Mushroom, and Fresh Tomato FFF-a-boli from me!


Ground Beef in Sauce


106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef | Farm Fresh Feasts
Links below are shown in this collage Left to Right, Top to Bottom, plus one of mine that didn't fit
Bolognese Sauce from Cravings of a Lunatic
Easy Korean Beef over Rice from Juanita's Cocina
Beef and Broccoli Alfredo from Blueberries and Blessings
Korean Beef and Broccoli from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce from Crumb Blog
Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes from Blueberries and Blessings

Ground Beef in Pie

106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef | Farm Fresh Feasts
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Tamale Pie from The Kitchen Is My Playground
Shepherd's Pie from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Frito Pie from girlichef
Shepherd's Pie from Persnickety Plates
Chili Corn Chip Pie from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Sweet Potato Shepard's Pie from This American Bite
Pasties from me!

Ground Beef in Mexican Dishes

106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef | Farm Fresh Feasts
Links below are shown in this collage Left to Right, Top to Bottom, plus one of mine that didn't fit
Smothered Burritos by Nutmeg Nanny
Molly's Beef Enchiladas by Persnickety Plates
Grilled Game Day Nachos by Supper for a Steal
Tostada Dip by Modern Christian Homemaker
Frito Olé by Home Cooking Memories
Baked Flautas by Home Cooking Memories
Taco Salad in a Bag by Like Mother Like Daughter
Dutch Oven Beef Enchilada Casserole by Like Mother Like Daughter
Beef and Vegetable Enchiladas by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Low Fat Taco Salad by Rock Recipes
Gorditas with Picadillo by Juanita's Cocina
Beef Taco Lettuce Wraps by Everyday Maven
Cheesy Ground Beef Taquitos by Miss in the Kitchen
Taco Salad with Salsa Ranch Dressing by Miss in the Kitchen
Garlic Beef Enchiladas by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Taco Farro by me!

Ground Beef in Meatballs and Meatloaf

106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef | Farm Fresh Feasts
Links below are shown in this collage Left to Right, Top to Bottom, plus one of mine that didn't fit
Kosher Swedish Meatballs by This American Bite
Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs by Supper for a Steal
Greek Meatballs (Soutzoukakia) by Supper for a Steal
Paleo Pesto Meatballs by Everyday Maven
Mini Parmesan Meatloaf by Modern Christian Homemaker
Holiday Traditions Swedish Meatballs by me! (ok, technically my folks')

Ground Beef in the Slow Cooker, in Soups, and in Chili

106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef | Farm Fresh Feasts
Links below are shown in this collage Left to Right, Top to Bottom, plus a few of mine that didn't fit
Zesty Hamburger Soup by Cravings of a Lunatic
Slow Cooker Taco Meat by Around My Family Table
Slow Cooker Meatloaf by The Kitchen Is My Playground
Slow Cooker Chili by diethood
Chili Con Carne by This American Bite
Bill's Chili by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Ground Beef in Casseroles

106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef | Farm Fresh Feasts
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Beef and Wild Rice Bake from Miss in the Kitchen
Hamburger Stroganoff by Julie's Eats & Treats
Hamburger Wild Rice Casserole by Julie's Eats & Treats
French Fry Hot Dish by Julie's Eats & Treats
Sloppy Joe Under a Bun Casserole by Julie's Eats & Treats
Cheeseburger Macaroni by Around My Family Table
Beef and Potato Skillet Supper by Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Ground Beef in Burgers

106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef | Farm Fresh Feasts
Links below are shown in this collage Left to Right, Top to Bottom, plus one of mine that didn't fit
Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Mushrooms by Miss in the Kitchen
Sloppy Burger Grilled Cheese by Snappy Gourmet
Herbed Half & Half Burgers by Everyday Maven
Truffle Salt Burgers by Everyday Maven
Teriyaki Burger by Juanita's Cocina
Skillet Blue Cheese Burgers by Vintage Kitchen Notes
Cooking 101 Homemade Hamburgers by Around My Family Table
Green Chile Cheese Burgers by Modern Christian Homemaker
Korean BBQ-Style Asian Burger by The Culinary Life
Worcestershire Blue Cheese Volcano Burgers by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Brie and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Burgers by All Day I Dream About Food
Sweet Pepper Burgers by Busy in Brooklyn
Chili Beef Sliders by What's Cookin' Chicago

NOTE:  The steer in my freezer that will feed my family for the next year had a name.  It is not my intention to offend any tender sensibilities by sharing more about him.  It is my intention to know more about the food I feed my family.  If you don't want to learn more about the steer, please skip over the next paragraph.  I indented and italicized it too, to make it easier if you wish to avoid.  Join us after the photo for some final thoughts.
The steer below was born on a dairy farm in western Ohio.  There's not much use for boy calves on dairy farms--yes, technically he was a bull calf--so he was given to my neighbor's friend's wife because she used to work on the dairy farm.  My neighbor's friend and his family allow their steers (that's a neutered male, BTW) to free range on 13 acres of grass and shelter under the barn.  The kids named this steer Butch, and regularly fed him and his buddies dandelions.  My neighbor's friend built an earthen ramp to minimize the stress of loading the animals into his trailer for the short trip to the butcher shop.  The butcher shop is known for not stressing the animals and only processes 2 animals a day.  Butch was dry aged for a couple of weeks before cutting and packaging.  We got a quarter of Butch (don't ask which quarter, as I've got both his tongue and his tail).  As I don't cook large amounts of meat at one time, I prefer getting smaller one pound packages of ground beef in lieu of roasts.  Why did I have so much ground beef left over from the previous animal?  Apparently I'm pretty good at stretching meat.  
106 Recipe Ideas Using Ground Beef | Farm Fresh Feasts

I've thoroughly enjoyed working on this recipe round up.  So much so that I'm planning another one for what to do with the Band Fruit Fundraiser citrus that will fill up my crisper in a few months!  Any ideas for future recipe round ups, (25 uses for kohlrabi?  17 ways to love beets?) please leave 'em in the comments.  Thanks!

This post is shared on the Clever Chicks Blog Hop, Week In Review, Tasty Tuesdays  Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up and What's Cookin' WednesdayFrom The Farm Blog Hop,

24 comments:

  1. Great roundup! Thanks for including my recipes!

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    1. Brianne,
      Thank you for sharing them, it was fun to put this together (I say, now that it's all done!)

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    1. Laura,
      Thank you for pinning this! I was hoping to make a clear, easy-to-read, "pin worthy" first photo!

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  3. Wow, this is a fabulous round-up! We also eat a lot of pastured ground beef so I am bookmarking this. And, thank you for including my recipes :)

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    1. Alyssa,
      I appreciate you sharing your recipes with me!

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  4. Thanks for the Farmstr link, the produce might be useful for us if it's a day I'm going to be in town anyway. Wonder whether there is anything like it on the Eastside?

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    1. Mary,
      I got the scoop from Janelle. If you sign up for the mailing list on the Farmstr website you'll get emails about current offers. Farmstr is adding drops on the eastside in the coming weeks, and in fact closing tomorrow there's one for ground beef delivering to North Bend. Please see http://www.farmstr.com for more details. Thanks!

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  5. Thanks for the link to Farmstr, it might prove useful on a day that I'm going to be in town anyway. I wonder whether there is anything similar on the Eastside?

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    1. Mary,
      I've got a message in to Janelle, the woman behind Farmstr, and I'll get back to you. Shows how much I know about Seattle--but I can see by Google that it's nearby.
      I hope you can connect with local food via Farmstr!

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  6. Great post and terrific round up. I love that you make sure your proteins are ethically sourced. We've been doing that too for the past couple years and even though it's more work to track down the ingredients and usually more money spent on them, it's so worth it. Thanks for the post!

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    1. Julie,
      I'm not sourcing *all* of my proteins yet--I can't pass up a deal on ground pork or chicken at the store--though I do have my Thanksgiving turkey reserved from a friend of our CSA farmers. Baby steps. Thanks!

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  7. Holy crap this was an incredible amount of work. I bet it feels good to be done with this one, and I'm thrilled you linked up. Just about made my day.
    I also love how all of your personal recipes incorporate veggies in some way, shape or form. You are the indeed the Queen of stretching meat, although with 110 lbs of Butch in your freezer, you might not need to stretch it anymore. :)
    P.S. I liked reading that Butch ate dandelions and the butcher only processes two animals a day.

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    1. Meghan,
      Thanks, like birthin' a baby, I'm glad to have hit Publish and pushed this out of my brain/my fingers/my computer and into the internets.

      I'm glad you liked reading about the origins of our beef.

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    1. Milisa,
      Thanks so much--as a cattle rancher you sure know that beef isn't like eggs, one a day at a rate you can keep up with . . .
      I'm so glad to have so many ideas.

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  9. Crazy lot of ground beef recipes! I love this list and can't wait to start clicking around.

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    1. Lydia,
      You do a lot with ground turkey, and all of these would work with turkey I'd imagine.
      Thanks!

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  10. That's a lot of beef! Thanks for featuring some of my meatball recipes!

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    1. Lane,
      Yep, and that's just a half of a half! I'd have to be feeding a big crew to go through a whole beef in a year.
      Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes!

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  11. Can I just say Thank You! Thank You! Thank You for posting this!!! We go through a lot of ground beef too and I'm always looking for new ideas. cass-eats.blogspot.com

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    1. Cassidy,
      I'm really glad my ohmygoodnesswhat'llwedowithallthisbeef turned into something useful for you, as well.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. What a great roundup! We use a lot of ground beef around here, as it is reasonably priced for happy grass fed meat. Love to see new ideas, Thanks.

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    1. Sherri,
      I'm grateful to all the bloggers who answered my plea for recipes.
      Thanks!

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