unspecified asian-ish hamburger thing

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By Beth Renzetti

This is roasting AND stove top. 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)

serves 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For unspecified asian-ish hamburger thing

  • 1
    eggplant, cubed (peeled or unpeeled - your choice)
  • cooking spray
  • 3 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    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

How To Make unspecified asian-ish hamburger thing

  • 1
    Preheat 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.
  • 2
    Heat oil in Dutch oven. Over medium high heat, saute chopped onion until translucent.
  • 3
    Add chopped garlic & ground beef. Stir & crumble beef thoroughly until cooked.
  • 4
    Add seasonings of choice (see Personal Note). Simmer on low heat while preparing starchy component. Stir occasionally.
  • 5
    Add roasted eggplant to ground beef mixture.
  • 6
    Cook rice noodle, rice, pasta...whatever... according to package directions or to taste.
  • 7
    Check beef mixture for seasoning & adjust as necessary. Serve over starchy component of choice.
  • 8