Unspecified Asian-ish Hamburger Thing
This is an unauthentic Thai inspired but adaptable dish. Kids wanted 'hamburger-macaroni thing' for dinner. I added roasted eggplant to beef up the dish (haha, get it?) & increase the veggie content since I only had 1 lb of ground beef. Tonight I tried Thai flavors: garlic, lime & chili. I didn't have enough rice noodles so I made basmati rice. Not sure they eat basmati in Thailand but it's quick cooking! For a change, try curry powder or Italian seasonings! Use ginger, soy sauce & sesame oil = Chinese! Easy & fun - enjoy! (we had NO leftovers)
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- eggplant, cubed (peeled or unpeeled - your choice)
- cooking spray
- 3 Tbsp
- vegetable oil
- large onion, chopped
- 1/4 c
- garlic, chopped
- 1=2 lb
- ground beef
- 1/2 c
- lime juice
- 1 Tbsp
- thai basil (or whatever you have handy)
- 1/4-1/2 c
- sambal oelek (chili paste)
- 4 - 6 c
- rice noodles or rice, cooked
- salt to taste
1Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with foil & spray with oil. Add cubes of eggplant in a single layer. Spray the eggplant with cooking spray. Roast for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
2Heat oil in Dutch oven. Over medium high heat, saute chopped onion until translucent.
3Add chopped garlic & ground beef. Stir & crumble beef thoroughly until cooked.
4Add seasonings of choice (see Personal Note). Simmer on low heat while preparing starchy component. Stir occasionally.
5Add roasted eggplant to ground beef mixture.
6Cook rice noodle, rice, pasta...whatever... according to package directions or to taste.
7Check beef mixture for seasoning & adjust as necessary. Serve over starchy component of choice.