Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wheat/Meat

I promised directions for making wheat/meat. It's super simple. All you do is combine equal parts cooked cracked wheat with browned ground beef. When cooking the wheat, add some beef bouillon. I usually add chopped onions, green pepper and/or celery after draining the grease off the hamburger and before adding the cracked wheat. One cup cracked wheat cooked for 15 minutes in 2 cups beef broth and added to about 3 pounds of ground beef is a good ratio for us. Use in any recipe that calls for browned hamburger. Substitute 2 cups wheat/meat for 1 pound of ground beef.
Here it is in Sloppy Joes. To make the filling, just stir the desired amount of ketchup into the wheat/meat and heat it up. Serve on hamburger buns. This is a super simple, super quick recipe. I learned very early in my "cooking career" that the #1 biggest time saver was to keep cooked hamburger in the freezer. I'd buy it 5-10 pounds at a time, cook it all up, and then freeze it in family-serving-size portions.
Edited to add pictures of the process.
The cooked meat (adding onions, green pepper and garlic):
The cooked cracked wheat on the left:
Mixed together:

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