Asian Beef over Rice

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This Asian beef is easy to make and can serve lots of people. This recipe is also great for using up leftover veggies or to help use some things up from the freezer. This Asian beef is flavorful and pairs great with the rice. I like to place about 1/4 cup of meat on 1 cup of rice then stir it all together before eating. This ratio is my favorite and the flavor is in every bite! This recipe is very similar to Korean beef, but really it was just a way for me to use up leftover beef dumpling filling from the previous night. This recipe makes 4 adult servings.

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What You Will Need

  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef/Venison
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chives
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ginger
  • 1/2 Diced Onion
  • 1 Bell Pepper, Seeded and Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Garlic
  • 4 Cups White Rice to Serve

Directions

1. In a bowl, mix together meat, sesame oil, oyster sauce, chives, and ginger. Mix together then transfer to a hot wok and cook until browned. Add any desired vegetables, 1/2 cup water, soy sauce, and garlic, then cook until vegetables are soft, 4-5 minutes over medium heat. Serve over rice.

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Ground Beef Pot Stickers

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Homemade pot stickers/dumplings are delicious. Sometimes homemade isn’t always worth the effort for just a few dumplings, but dumplings are much cheaper to make than to buy frozen. In the same way, it is also unnecessary to make homemade dumpling wrappers, but not everyone has a stack of wrappers in their freezer. This was my second time making homemade dumplings. Last time I made Pork Dumplings and they were delicious. This beef dumpling recipe is just as good. The flavorful filling is my favorite part of this dish, and the taste paired with the dipping sauce makes this dish even more savory and flavorful.

This recipe makes 10 dumplings, making 3 servings of food. I’m still not very good at making these pot stickers. We tried both pan crisped and boiled, and pan crisped were far superior with the crisp bottom being a huge highlight. Once the dumplings get added to the water, you cannot touch them until you’re sure the bottoms are crisp enough. This is tough because you’ll feel really nervous that the bottoms are burning, but they don’t really burn. One way to tell when they are fully crisp is when the starch web on the bottom of the pan is a crisp sheet. If you try to remove them too early, you will likely tear your dumplings, so patience is worth it. For this, I also recommend a non-stick pan.

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What You Will Need

  • 2/3 Cup Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef/Venison
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil, Divided
  • 1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Chives
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ginger
  • 1/2 Cup Soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Garlic
  • Frying Pan
  • Lid
  • Water

Directions

1. Slowly add the water to the flour until a supple dough is formed. You may not need all the water. Once dough is hydrated, but not sticky, divide into 10 portions. In a bowl, mix together meat, half the sesame oil, the oyster sauce, chives, and ginger. Place 1-2 Tbsp of mixture on the homemade wrappers and seal.

2. Fill a frying pan 1/2 with water, and add the dumplings leaving space so they don’t touch. Place over medium high heat and cover. Cook until all water evaporates. Remove the lid and cook until the bottom of the dumplings are crisp. Break free from bottom of the pan, and plate. Mix together soy sauce, remaining sesame oil, and garlic, and serve as dipping sauce.

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Burger Taste Test – Venison and Pork

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This was a fun little experiment I tried with my husband last week. If you’ve ever cooked with venison, you will know that people love to add pork to their venison, and people love to cook with bacon fat. For this taste test, we tried 3 different burgers. The first one was just venison fried up with a little vegetable oil. The second burger was a venison burger that was fried up in bacon fat. And the final burger was half venison and half ground pork fried in bacon fat. To make this test fair, I served all burgers on the same type of bread with no cheese, condiments, or even salt! Check out my findings down below!

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Pure Venison Burger

The pure venison burger was just that, only venison. I made this burger on the side in it’s own pan so I didn’t have any crossing with the bacon fat. I used about 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to fry this burger since venison has very little fat, and I cooked this burger for 4 minutes per side. This inside was medium well compared to the other burgers that were all well.

What did I think of the burger? Honestly I thought this one was probably the best. It tasted most like a burger. The other burgers were very good and had their own unique flavors, but this one was unmistakably a burger. To me, I guess a burger should taste like beef more than anything else, but you can chose on your preferences what you might like most.

Venison Burger in Pork Fat

This venison burger was also fried on it’s own in a skillet with some pork fat rendered from bacon. Like the last burger, I cooked this burger 4 minutes per side. This burger cooked well, though the inside wasn’t completely gray.

This burger tasted like bacon. The crisp and browned parts of the burger tasted exactly like bacon. The inside of the burger had a slight bacon flavor, but still tasted like venison. This burger was juicy and had a good texture. This was a very tasty burger, and if you really enjoy bacon, I think you would like this probably more than the plain venison. As for my taste, I like bacon, but I don’t believe everything needs to taste like bacon.

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Half Pork, Half Venison in Pork Fat Burger

Finally, this franken-burger was fun to make and had a unique appearance before cooking that I had never worked with before. I ground some pork chops to get some ground pork. I mixed half a pound of venison with half a pound ground pork, then I hand mixed them together to the best of my abilities. I divided it in half then cooked each burger in the pork fat pan for about 6 minutes per side because these burgers were the biggest. This however, left this burger the most well done of the three types.

This burger was the juiciest of the three burgers. Not only that, but it was a good tasting burger. The pork covered some of the natural venison flavor while also not making the entire burger taste like pork. It seems to be a great way to make venison taste more like burger. That being said, in my opinion, I think this mixture would make an amazing meatloaf, but it just didn’t taste like a burger to me.

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Conclusion

Each person could look at this and come to a different conclusion. If you like bacon, fry your burger in some bacon fat to make a savory bacon burger. If you like burger and not so much venison, mix venison with pork to hide some of the flavor. Or, mix venison with pork to get a delicious and juicy burger. You could also chose just plain venison if you enjoy the taste of lean venison burgers pure of other flavors. The important thing to note with this trial was that I didn’t season these burgers at all. Seasoning added to any of these burgers would have changed the test completely.

Inconsistencies in Testing:

  • How much each burger was cooked
    • For more consistent testing, cook to a set internal temperature
  • Bread Used
    • I used my homemade white bread which was way too big and sweet, for more consistent results, burgers should be eaten on their own without bread, or on a very neutral flavored bread
  • Amount of Fat per Burger
    • If the test is to see the difference in flavor, they should all have the same fat content. Fat is flavor and to truly judge which burger is tastiest, the amount of fat per burger should be equal.
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Pan-Fried Meatballs and Spaghetti

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Spaghetti and meatballs is such a classic and easy meal, but sometimes we just don’t have the time to wait the 50 minutes it would take to bake them in the oven. So, why not make your meatballs like you would make a burger? Cook it in a frying pan with some oil for 4 minutes a side, and bam! You’ve got yourself and your family a delicious and easy topping for your spaghetti. Most spaghetti takes 6-10 minutes to cook, which give you plenty of time to make these meat balls. I liked the recipe that I used below, but feel free to use your own meatball recipe with this pan-frying method. This dinner was made with just under 1 lb of meat, so by following the directions, you should get about 11-12 meatballs. The recipe below made 4-5 adult sized portions.

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What You Will Need

  • 1 lb Ground Beef/Venison
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp A1
  • 5 Tbsp Oil
  • 12 Oz Spaghetti
  • 1 Jar Pasta Sauce
  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • Large Frying Pan
  • 2 Medium to Large Sauce Pans
  • A Colander

Directions

1. In the mixing bowl, add meat, egg, breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and A1. Mix by hand until combined. Roll out about 3 Tbsp into a ball and add to the frying pan. Once done, add the oil to the frying pan and place over medium heat. Cook meatballs 4 minutes on each side.

2. Cook Pasta as directed, then strain. Add sauce to second saucepan and place over medium heat until beginning to simmer. Add the meatballs once they are done and coat in sauce. Plate noodles, then top with sauce, meatballs, and grated Parmesan.

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Fried Rice

Fried Rice is so easy and can be made in so many different ways. This fried rice has a little bit of everything. I used up the remaining ingredients from the hot pot, but I also added new flavors. Fried rice is a great way to use leftovers and still be able to feed your family. For this recipe, I used two meats, sliced venison steak and diced bacon. I cooked my bacon before adding it to the dish, so I did have to add a bit of bacon fat just to keep everything from burning. As for veggies, I used a bit of everything. I used sliced mushrooms, sliced water chestnuts, diced cabbage, sliced carrot, sliced onion, and diced bell pepper. I also used 6-8 cups of rice in this dish and it was still very flavorful. If your really wanted to feed a crowd and stretch the dish, you could easily use 10-12 cups of cooked rice. This recipe makes 8 adult sized servings.

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What You’ll Need

  • 1/2 lb Sliced Steak/Venison
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Bacon
  • Sliced/Diced Veggies
  • 1 Cup Stock
  • 1 Clove Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 6 Cups Cooked Rice
  • Large Wok
  • Oil/Bacon Fat, As Needed

Directions

  1. Begin by heating the wok over medium high heat. Once it’s hot, add your steak and bacon. Once your meats are both browned, add your veggies, and stir fry until your meat begins getting a nice maillard crust on it, add about 1/2 Tbsp of oil at a time if needed it during this time. Then add tha stock and remaining seasoning until stock comes to a boil.

2. Once the stock is boiling, add your cooked rice. Make sure the rice is fully broken up and everything is coated. Cook rice for 2-3 minutes, then serve.

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