mini meatloaf, corn with mushrooms


This is the second half of the ground chuck mixture prepared yesterday. Also steamed like the first half, but this time shaped as a mini meatloaf. The meat mixture prepared yesterday includes a very light bean and rice that was milled to powder and cooked with water to what amounted to a very gently seasoned hummus or a bean and rice polenta. The mixture also contains a single grated carrot. 

Corn with diced onion and sliced baby portobello mushrooms. 

I like mixing foreign elements into ground beef. I have not been enjoying straight ground beef no matter how fine the selection. I do not care for it fried. I do not care for it dried out. I've added water and I've added olive oil to compensate but nothing beats the original fat. So fat laden beef it must be if the hamburgers are to come out moist whether grilled or fried stovetop in a pan and then served dripping greasy wet.  I do not enjoy that so much, except when I do

This steamed mini meatloaf is moist and delicious.  Obviously it does not have the char that frying a burger or roasting a meatloaf would impart, it lacks the apparent caramelization on the surface that roasting imparts, more properly, the browning that results from the chemical reaction between amino acid and reducing sugar, known to us food geek types as Maillard reaction, a series of reactions that build up layers of flavor. So steamed doesn't have that. 

Grated carrot add sweetness and moisture, and in this case the long grated pieces contribute cohesion. 

The ground chuck that was prepared with dry bean powder hummus and carrot that was used 50% yesterday and 50% today, steamed both times, is gone now.  It came from a package of ground chuck that is quite large for a regular bloke. There is still over 2/3 of the ground chuck remaining.

I am thinking of blending in creamed tofu to adjust the texture and moisture. I am also eager to mill black beans and brown and wild rice, and try mixing in that.

Surely, things more interesting than straight up greasy hamburgers can be made of it.  

Come on! I am the product of a Hamburger Helper™ household. That is pretty much the extent of the culinary instruction that Mum, bless 'er, cared to impart.

Oh my God. I just now read the page and now I am sad all over again. I did not know all this product information. The page says that varieties are divided into groups of favorites. That surprises me. I had every one of the varieties grouped under 'discontinued,' and that is sad but not so sad as how much the product line has expanded since the time I was subjected to its influence. Imagine all these things made with your own ground beef. The boxes provide a measured amount of some kind of pasta, usually, and a flavor packet of unspecified ingredients. Well, they specify, but not in any way that is helpful to know exactly which spices are emphasized. The user is usually instruct to blend the ingredients with milk. Instructions usually include options to jazz up the product with one's own ingredients beyond ground beef and milk.


Homestyle Favorites

Beef Pasta (formerly called "Beef Noodle")
Beef Stroganoff
Potato Stroganoff (includes dehydrated potato slices)
Salisbury
Sloppy Joe
Patty Melt

Italian Favorites

Lasagna
Four Cheese Lasagna
Spaghetti
Cheesy Italian Shells
Italian Sausage
Tomato Basil Penne (Formerly called "Zesty Italian")

New Orleans Favorites

Cheesy Jambalaya
Cheesy Favorites
Cheeseburger Macaroni
Double Cheeseburger Macaroni
Three Cheese
Chili Cheese
Cheddar Cheese Melt
Philly Cheesesteak
Cheesy Hashbrowns
Bacon Cheeseburger
Cheesy Baked Potato
Cheesy Ranch Burger

Mexican Favorites (co-branded with Old El Paso brand)

Cheesy Nacho
Chili Macaroni
Cheesy Enchilada
Cheesy Beef Taco
Crunchy Taco
Double Cheesy Quesadilla (originally "Double Cheese Quesadilla")

Discontinued

Beef Romanoff (still available in Canada)
Beef and Garlic Potatoes
Beef Stew
Cheddar & Broccoli
Hash
Macaroni & Cheese
Meatloaf
Pizza Bake
Rice Oriental (Officially discontinued, but occasionally still available in some stores)
Wild Rice & Mushrooms
Wagon Wheels (also called "Barbecue")
Zesty Mexican
SouthWestern Beef

Now, why didn't I see this development in advance? The product list continues beyond that ↑ to Tuna Helper™ and Chicken Helper™, Asian Helper™, Whole Grain Helper™, Fruit Helper™, Pork Helper™, Hamburger Helper Microwave Singles™.

That does it. Tomorrow it will be tofu and ground chuck with milled black bean. Maybe a side-by-side comparison with a regular dripping greasy hamburger.

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