ground meat

Mo Rocca’s Momma’s Ravioli

February 6, 2013

Author: Mo Rocca




1 tbsp olive oil


1 package of ground meat

Italian seasoning


Fresh or frozen spinach



1 dozen eggs



Prepare the filling and let cool.

Directions as follows:

Place about a Tbsp. of olive oil in a large pan. Add a few pressed or a few tsp. of garlic in and sautee until brown. Add a package of ground hamburger, Italian seasoning, onions, fresh or frozen spinach, and salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is browned.

Prepare the pasta dough.

Directions as follows:

Place a dozen eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat for about 3-5 minutes. Add flour gradually until the dough is able to be turned out onto a floured surface and kneaded. Knead for a few minutes adding flour if needed until the dough is not sticky any more. Don’t over knead or dough becomes tough. Actually, if it’s still a little sticky, it’s ok because the pasta machine kneads it while it presses it. Cut the dough into pieces small enough to be put into the machine and set it on the widest setting. Put the dough through and gradually set the machine on smaller settings until it reaches the density you want. I usually put it on 3, I think. Place the dough onto a floured surface and start filling from one end folding the edge over the filling crop the ravioli and crimp it with a fork. Boil the immediately or let them dry and then boil or freeze.



Hot Dog Burgers

July 10, 2013

Author: Kitchen Tested 

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Is there any better way to spend this summer holiday than with a barbecue and fireworks?!? Well, I’ve got a very special burger for your to try this year that combines the two most traditional and delicious items at a barbecue: hot dogs and hamburgers. I love hot dogs and I love burgers but I can never decide which one to eat…so why not combine them and then I can enjoy both in every bite! There’s not much to it. If you have a meat grinder at home, you can grind together ground meat and hot dogs with some salt and pepper. Without a meat grinder, I suggest chopping the hot dogs very small and adding it to ground meat. Either way, this burger actually tastes like a hot dog with the juiciness and texture of a hamburger! I topped my hot dog burger with easy homemade coleslaw, spicy ketchup and quick and crunchy pickled red onions.

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make 4-6 burgers

1 lb. ground meat

7-8 (12 oz) hot dogs


Chop the hot dogs and place them in a bowl with the ground meat. Add the salt and pepper and combine.

Using a meat grinder or meat grinder attachment, push the meat and hot dogs together through to create a new ground mixture. If you don’t own a grinder but you still want to make these burgers, you can just chop the hot dogs very small and add them to the ground burger meat.

Mix the meat and form 6 patties, each around ¾ inch thick. Using your thumb, press into the center of each patty to make an indentation. This prevents the burger from doming while cooking on the grill and helps keep the condiments on.

Sprinkle the burgers with some fresh cracked salt and pepper.

Heat the grill to around 350 degrees F. then carefully placed the burgers on the hot grill. Cover the grill and leave the burgers along for 5-6 minutes.

Flip the burgers, close the grill and cook them for another 5 minutes.

With a few minutes left on the burgers, drizzle some olive oil on the inside of the burger buns and toast them on the grill.

Once the burgers are off the grill, let them rest for a few minutes so the juices can redistribute. The place the burger on the bun and pile on the condiments and enjoy!

This post was submitted by Kitchen Tested.

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