I admit it; I’m guilty of wasting food. Sometimes when I go grocery shopping, I pick up packages of meat and vegetables with no thought about how I will prepare them. I know there’s nothing in the house to eat, and I know that we need meat and vegetables, so I try to grab as much food as possible for the week’s meals.
It saddens me to say that I often throw out rotting vegetables that had no real place in my meal plan. I push meat to the back of the freezer so I don’t have to think about how I’ll fix it. Every now and then, I let defrosted or freshly purchased meat sit in the frig and rot along with the vegetables, because I’m too tired to think about unplanned meals when I get home in the evening (definitely a takeout night). Then, when I open the frig, I’m haunted by the ghastly images of decaying food. This is what happens when I get so busy that I don’t give much thought to the next week’s meals.
Mini beef patties is a simple, quick, and satisfying meal that you can make with that package of ground beef in your freezer. Pair the mini patties with a salad (use the vegetables too) and serve over rice or noodles for a complete meal.
Mini Beef Patties
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon ground beef
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1½ tablespoons corn starch
- 1¼ cups beef broth
- Garlic powder
For the Beef Patties
- Pour the olive oil onto a baking sheet; use a paper towel and spread evenly over the pan. Set oven to broil.
- In a large bowl, add ground beef, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Take about 1 tablespoon of the meat mixture and form a small ball. Flatten the ball until it is about 1½-inch round. Patties will be very thin.
- Place on baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic powder. Place under the broiler and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.
For The Gravy
- Pour the drippings from the meat pan into a small skillet. Add the cornstarch to the beef broth and add this to the pan drippings. Bring to a boil and cook for about 1 minute. Serve over rice or noodles.