Ground Beef Recipes


Lunch for one: bacon cheeseburger

With everyone out of the house today, I thought I'd keep things simple and have leftovers for lunch. But I had a craving -- a bad craving for meat. Since there was a pack of ground beef in the fridge and a couple of buns from last Sunday's all-burger lunch, I decided to make … [Read more...]


Pork, corn and spinach pot pie

It's an anything goes pot pie because you can use any combination of meat and vegetables (or even vegetables only) for the filling. And for those who aren't too adept at making pie crust, here's an alternative -- use pancake batter. Yes, pancake batter. Just mix, pour over … [Read more...]


Chili and garlic burgers with vegetables fried rice

In the white chocolate, lemon and poppy seed cake post, there was a question about whether poppy seeds were added to the cake for appearance or taste. I told her it's 90% flavor and 10% appearance. Come to think of it, the visual appeal of poppy seeds is just … [Read more...]


Macaroni soup with meatballs, corn and spinach

Simple, rustic and warming. The ingredients are simple and readily available, and the procedure is tailor-made for newbie cooks. You make meat balls, brown them in butter, pour in the broth, add the rest of the ingredients and that's it! But like most chunky soups, this … [Read more...]


Scotch eggs: dinner for two plus midnight snack

Defined as shelled hard-boiled eggs covered in sausage meat, dredged in bread crumbs and deep fried, Scotch eggs are usually served cold but Speedy and I prefer them hot -- with a gravy of melted cheese. Okay, make that cheat-gravy -- I just microwaved half a cup of … [Read more...]


Burgers with pan-roasted onion and pepper relish

A burger doesn't have to rest on a bed of shredded lettuce and topped with tomato and onion to be good. In fact, that combination, served in almost every fast food joint, is already tired and boring. Just like a good, juicy steak, burgers benefit a lot with different … [Read more...]


Chili con carne (flavored by leftovers)

Two days after New Year's Day, except for a kilo of ground beef, the freezer was almost empty. There were a lot of odds and eggs, however. A hundred grams or so of scrap bacon, two pepperoni sausages, a chorizo de Bilbao... Perfect for a pot of chili con carne. Slow cooked … [Read more...]


Baked macaroni

Because it is party season and many of you like to make this baked macaroni dish (a real crowd-pleaser, no doubt), I am updating this 2006 recipe with a few revisions and to include some step-by-step photos for making this cream cheese topping which is really what sets this … [Read more...]


Spaghetti with meatballs in tomato sauce

My first recipe for spaghetti with meatballs was published on May 10, 2005 after dinner at a pub called The Oarhouse in Malate, a hang-out for photographers, journalists, writers and expats. We ordered spaghetti with meatballs there, I liked it and did a home cooked version … [Read more...]