These teriyaki meatballs are juicy and tender flavor bombs topped with homemade teriyaki sauce that will make you wanna lick your plate clean.
Quick, easy and cheap week night meal that can easily be made in crock pot or ready to go in the freezer for extra quick supper.
1LB Friend of the Farm Extra lean ground beef
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
Salt and pepper to taste
*since they will be covered in a flavorful teriyaki sauce you want to keep your meatballs fairly simple.
1 1/4 cup water (separated)
5 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
4 cloves or garlic
1tsp ground ginger
2 tbsp cornstarch
*you could use more or less garlic and ginger, depending on your liking.
1. Combine all meatball ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
2. Shape into meatballs. I like to shape them into small, bite size balls but you could definitely make them bigger.
3. Fry meatballs in a pan over medium high heat until fully cooked or place them on a baking sheet and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes(or more depending on the size).
Make sure they are fully cooked so they don't fall apart.
4. For the sauce, mix 1 cup water, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger.
Pour over meatballs in the sauce pan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for a couple minutes.
5. Mix remaining 1/4 cup water with cornstarch to create a slurry. Make sure water is cold so it doesn't create clumps.
6. Slowly stir into the sauce pan and bring it back up to a boil.
7. Cook until the sauce has reached the consistency you desire.
I served the Teriyaki meatballs over white rice, roasted squash(Burgess buttercup squash) and beet horseradish relish.
Top it with sesame seeds, chives and red pepper flakes for extra fancy look and supper is served. I am always surprised how flavorful it is with only handful ingredients that I always have on hand.
You could also use store bought teriyaki sauce but I find that making it at home is very easy, way more affordable and the flavor is immeasurably better.
I hope you give this meal a try and it makes your regular meal planing list.
What’s the 1st thing that comes to your mind when you hear “Chili”?
Rainy days, getting all cozy under a fluffy blanket, the smell of freshly baked buns and a nice bowl of chili to warm up
I prefer using an instant pot for this recipe, but it can definitely be cooked on the stove.
So start defrosting ground beef because tonight we are making chili!
1 lb Friend of the Farm Extra Lean Ground Beef
6 strips good quality Bacon
1 can Black beans
1 can Kidney beans
1 can Pinto beans
1 can Fire roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
2 cups Beef stock
1 bell pepper
1 red onion
1Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1tsp black pepper
2Tbsp Chili powder
1tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp salt
*optional 1 diced jalapeno
1. Turn the instant pot to sauté and cook bacon. Set aside
2. Add chopped onions and peppers and cook until tender.
3. Add FOTF Ground beef and cook until browned.
4. Add beef broth and deglaze bottom of the instant pot to avoid the "BURN" error.
5. Add all the ingredients except diced tomatoes and stir well.
Add tomatoes on top and do not stir again. If stirred tomatoes seem to stick to the bottom causing the "BURN" error. So just leave them on top and stir when everything is cooked.
6. Turn the instant pot to "chili" (if you don't have that setting put it on manual high pressure) and cook for 18minutes.
Natural release for 15 minutes and quick release the remaining pressure.
Serve with freshly baked buns, sour cream, cheese and cilantro
Follow all of the instructions above and cook in a large pot for 45min-1h to combine all the flavors.
Crispy Ginger Beef
Ginger beef is without a doubt our takeout favorite. But having our own beef it doesn't make sense to order from someone else. So I made it my mission to recreate a bunch of our takeout favorites and make my own version. And let me tell you, once you had this homemade Ginger Beef takeout just wont do it anymore.
Whenever I make this I double the recipe because it never lasts long in our house.
1lb round roast, cut up in thin strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
2tsp ginger, grated
1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2tsp red pepper flakes
6 Tbsp cooking oil
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1. Cut up the round roast in thin strips, as thin as possible. It always helps if the roast is not completely defrosted when cutting it.
FOTF Round Roast usually weighs around 3-4lbs so you will have more than you need. I either make a huge batch and or freeze it for next time.
2. Add 1Tbsp soy sauce, steak, and cornstarch into a large bowl and toss to cover. Arrange the meat onto a cooking sheet in a single layer and put in freezer for about 40 minutes. This will help dry up the meat and give it that nice and crispy flavor we want.
3. To a jar add garlic, ginger, lemon juice, remaining 2 Tbsp soy sauce, red pepper flakes, rice vinegar, sesame oil and brown sugar. Close tightly and shake to combine.
4. To a non stick skillet add the oil and brown the frozen beef. Don't overcrowd the pan. I usually do it in 3 batches so it can get really nice and crispy. Set aside.
5. Add your dressing mix and bring to a boil. Simmer for a few minutes. Add the beef and stir to coat.
6. Serve with rice and steamed veggies.
There it is friends. My Ginger Beef recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Let me know how you like it!
Instant Pot Beef & Broccoli
It is an often misconception that all you do with a roast is put it in a slow cooker with a few veggies and call it good.
Roast is actually so versatile and cost effective. There are so many amazing recipes for roasts and I bring you one today.
I usually cut up a whole roast into bite size pieces and divide it into few portions. I freeze whatever I won't use right away and it makes next meal that much easier.
Even though this is an Instant Pot recipe you can definitely make it in a regular frying pan. However, being cooked under pressure makes the roast melt in your mouth so If you have an Instant Pot use it.
1 1/2 lbs Friend Of The Farm Round Roast
2 tsp Olive Oil
1 onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup beef broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp sesame oil
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1lbs broccoli florets
3 Tbsp water
3 Tbsp cornstarch
Salt & Pepper to taste
Cooked rice for serving
Sesame seeds for garnish, optional
1. Season the beef with salt and pepper to taste. Turn Instant Pot to sauté mode and add olive oil. Brown the meat (don't crowd the pot, do it in batches).
Remove from the Instant Pot and set aside.
2. Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for another minute.
3. Add in beef broth and deglaze the pot! Do not skip this step because otherwise you are risking the "Burn" error. Deglazing just means you add in the liquid and scrape anything that stuck to the bottom of the pot.
4. Stir in soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil & red pepper flakes stirring until brow sugar is dissolved.
5. Add the browned beef and any accumulated juices. Lock the lid in place. Make sure the pressure valve is closed and follow all of the Instant Pot instructions.
Select High pressure and set the cook time for 12 minutes.
6. While the beef is cooking steam your broccoli.
7. When the cook time is up, turn the Instant pot off. Use the quick release to release all the pressure.
8. In a small bowl combine cornstarch and water. Select sauté mode and stir until well combined. Keep cooking until it boils and thickens.
9. Serve over cooked rice and garnish with sesame seeds.
Let me know how you like this recipe Farm Friends!
Scalloped Potatoes Meat Pie
If you have been with us for a while now I'm sure you noticed I use onions and mushrooms in pretty much every recipe. Well, this meat pie is no exception.
With a buttery flaky crust, scalloped potatoes, Friend Of The Farm Extra Lean Ground Beef and a few other ingredients this makes for a week nights favorite.
Pie Crust (homemade or from store)
1lb Friend Of The Farm Extra Lean Ground Beef
4 Strips Bacon
1/2 Cup Mushrooms
3-4 Medium Potatoes
2/3 Cups Table Cream
1 Egg (for brushing the top)
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1 Tsp Italian Seasoning
Salt & Pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375F
2. Divide your Pie Crust into 2 equal balls. Roll out each ball into 10-12 inch round and drape one of them into your pie plate.
3. Cook your bacon (I prefer to bake it in the oven at 375F until nice and crisp) & brown the ground beef. Season ground beef with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
4. Slice onion and mushrooms and sauté until onion is translucent. I absolutely love this Starfirt dual food processor to chop up onions. They come out so finely chopped and I spare my eyes from tears.
5. Using mandoline slice potatoes very thinly, about 1/8 - 1/4 inch slices. You can also use the knife but if you cook often and like scalloped potatoes as much as I do it is definitely worth the investment.
6. Time for some layers! I usually do 3 layers. First a layer of potatoes in circular single layer, slightly overlapping. Then comes 1/3 of the ground beef followed by 1/3 crumbled up bacon, onions and mushrooms. Repeat this step until all of the layers are complete.
7. Heat up the table cream on the stove or microwave until it starts to simmer. This will result in your potatoes starting to cook immediately and ultimately not burning the top. Pour the cream over the layers evenly.
8.Cover the pie with the leftover dough, trim the edges and crimp the edges closed.
9.Brush the top and edges of the crust with egg wash. Make a few slits in the center of the top crust for the steam to release.
10. Bake the pie for 40-55 minutes. One way to check if the potatoes are done is to carefully poke the potatoes with a fork or toothpick thru one of the slits. If the potatoes are tender the pie is done!
I like to serve this dish with roasted veggies and some gravy.
Enjoy this beautiful and delicious dish and let me know how it turns out!
Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
I adore my slow cooker. It allows me to prepare supper when my kids are being good and I actually have time for it rather than in crazy afternoons.
This recipe needs 20 minutes prep, cooks in slow cooker and you end up with the most delicious Salisbury steak and gravy. Whip up some potatoes and your dinner is served.
For the patties
1 lb Friend Of The Farm Extra Lean Ground Beef
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 Italian bread crumbs
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2tsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp cooking oil - for browning the patties
Salt & Pepper to taste
For the gravy
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 packet brown gravy mixture
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 white onion - sliced
2 cups mushrooms - sliced
1.In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients for the patties. Mix together until full combined. Form the meat into 6 patties and set aside.
2. In a different bowl mix together all the ingredients for the gravy. Mix until smooth and set aside.
3. Heat up a large skillet over medium high temperature. Add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Once it's hot add your patties and brown on both sides(no need to fully cook).
4. Slice up your onion and mushrooms.
5. Add half of the mushrooms and onions to the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the patties on the top. Add the remaining mushrooms and onions on top and pour over gravy mixture.
6. Cover and cook on LOW for 5h without opening the lid during cooking.
7.Serve with mashed potatoes and Enjoy!
Pizza is without a doubt definition of comfort food. Top it with our delicious Extra Lean Ground Beef, sautéed onions, mushrooms and cheese and you will never settle for takeout again!
Like any good pizza you got to start with homemade crust.
You will need
1 1/4 cup warm water
2 1/4 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
*this will make 3 crusts
Mix water, yeast and sugar and let sit for 10 minutes to activate the yeast.
Mix in flour, oil, salt & yeast mixture until well combined. You can do it by hand or use Kitchen Aid.
Form into a ball, cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled.
Divide into 3 equal balls and let rise for additional 30 minutes.
Prepare your toppings while you wait.
1 lb Extra Lean Ground Beef
Pizza sauce to taste
3/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
2 tsp oregano
Salt & pepper
1. Start by browning Ground Beef as you normally would. Make sure you season it with salt and pepper. Set aside.
2. Cut up onion and sauté until translucent. Set aside.
3. Wash and cut your mushrooms. Set aside.
4. Shred cheese. Set aside.
1. Stretch out pizza dough to desired size.
2. Top with pizza sauce, ground beef, onions, cheese, mushrooms and sprinkle with oregano.
3. Bake in pizza maker until bottom is golden brown or in the oven at 475F until crust is browned about 10-15 min.
Ground Beef Wellington
Ground Beef Wellington is one of those meals that is so easy and incredibly delicious at the same time! It is the ultimate crowd pleaser.
1 lb our Extra Lean Ground Beef
2 eggs (more to brush the top)
4 Tbsp bread crumbs
2 Tbsp dried parsley
2 cloves minced garlic
3 Tbsp butter
230g cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup beef broth
1tsp Italian seasoning
2 sheets puff pastry
1/2 cup cheese
Salt & Pepper to taste
Prepare mushroom & onions
Finely chop mushrooms and onion. Preheat a medium size frying pan on medium high heat and melt butter. Add mushrooms and onion and sauté until translucent. Add garlic, parsley and beef broth and cook until the liquid reduces.
Let cool ( I usually put it in the fridge while I prepare the rest).
You want your mushroom & onion to be completely cooled down because it will make working with puff pastry much easier.
In a large bowl add your ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, parsley, milk, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper and mix until fully combined. Divide the meat mixture into 8 equal balls and form thin patties.
You should have 2 sheets of puff pastry in front of you. Cut each sheet into 4 equal squares. This will come to 8 squares total. Top each square with a little bit of shredded cheese, then your mushroom & onion mixture. Finally, top with a thin patty. Pull the corners together and pinch together making sure it is completely sealed. Put into baking sheet, pinched side down, and make small slits on the top. Brush with beaten egg.
Bake at 400F for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and meat is cooked thru.
Serve with fresh salad, whipped potatoes & gravy.
I hope you will give this recipe a try and it will make its way onto your table for some special occasions. Let me know how it turns out!
What you'll need:
Bring a large pot of water to boil and cook your lasagna pasta al dente.
I cook enough pasta for 3 layers total. Drain and set aside.
STEP 2 - Meat & Tomato Sauce
In a large frying pan ad 1Tbsp of olive oil. Finely chop your onion and sauté until translucent. Add in your Extra Lean Ground Beef and brown completely. Add the tomato sauce and season with 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning,1 tsp garlic powder 2 bay leaves, salt and pepper. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
STEP 3 - Béchamel Sauce
In a medium pot melt 4 Tbsp butter on medium heat. Slowly add in your flour and whisk until completely combined. Let slightly brown. Slowly add in your milk and whisk constantly (you might need more or less milk depending on how much you browned butter and flour). Once you get it to a creamy texture add in 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder, salt and pepper constantly stirring. You can add more or less cheese depending on your taste but you want it to be nice and creamy.
STEP 4 - Assemble
Preheat your oven to 375F. Take a 13"x9" casserole dish and lay down your 1st layer of pasta (some recipes don't use the bottom pasta layer but this way you don't leave any sauce behind!) Add 1/2 of your meat sauce and top with 1/3 of béchamel sauce(you need some for the top layer). Add your 2nd layer of pasta and repeat. Meat sauce, béchamel sauce & layer of pasta. Once you are at the top layer evenly spread the leftover béchamel sauce, sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp oregano.
Bake for 20-30min until cheese is completely melted and golden brown.
I hope you like this recipe and it becomes one of your go to meals!
Let us know how it turned out
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