Pork Beef Savory Ground Meat - It is no Mystery
I have a great aversion to the prepackaged "ground hamburger" - can't really say I know what is in there for sure, but am betting I wouldn't buy it..
It is so much more delicious and economical to grind your own - my hubby and I spend about 1 day per month and custom grind - takes us about an hour. Great for use in meat sauces, hamburgers (my boys and their wives LOVE my hamburgers) - anything you need a ground meat.
What you need:
2 pounds of beef - cut into cubes (I usually buy a good chuck or if I am really anticipating some big event - will use sirloin!)
2 pound pork butt - cut into cubes
head of garlic - roasted in olive oil and kosher salt / chopped
fresh parsley (to taste) chopped fine
1 large yellow onion (diced small)
1 tsp Kosher salt
2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tsp onion powder
I use my KitchenAid™ meat grinder to do this and it is really pretty easy. If you don't have this attachment, it is worth getting!
If the meat is slightly frozen, it cuts and works better in the grinder. I use a rough grind, but have used a tight grind as well. It is up to you. Sauté off all the savory items in a bit of olive oil. Roast your garlic head and allow both to cool just a bit before you begin. Alternating beef / savory mix / pork / savory mix, place all through the meat grinder. Weigh out into 1 pound balls, place in freezer bags, and flatten. (this makes it much quicker to thaw and it stores nicely). Write the Grind name and date and place in the freezer.