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    Desperation Beef

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    45 mins

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    ChibiBarako's Note:

    My mother captured the original recipe in the early 1970's (I still remember transcribing the recipe card on our old manual typewriter).

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    Ingredients:

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    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Cut beef into very small pieces.
    2. 2
      Brown slightly, add 3/4 cup water and other ingredients cut up into small pieces.
    3. 3
      Simmer till beef is done.
    4. 4
      My notes:.
    5. 5
      * This recipe was written when stew beef was the scribbly bits they cut off of everything else and was about the cheapest meat available. I suppose you could use store-ground beef for the same reason; if so it should be drained before adding the other ingredients. I used "beef for stroganoff" because it was the cheapest cut available that day. The meat is cut small to cook faster.
    6. 6
      * I think the recipe is calling for 1 green pepper, chopped.
    7. 7
      * I used the mushrooms undrained for a bit more liquid; it does boil away.
    8. 8
      * The gravy is like an au-jus when you're done. I thickened it with a tablespoon of cornstarch to make a more substantial gravy.
    9. 9
      * This is a sort of stove-top stew. It predates Hamburger Helper. It's not a bad recipe, but could do with some tweaking.

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    Nutritional Facts for Desperation Beef

    Serving Size: 1 (289 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 3

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 247.5
     
    Calories from Fat 65
    26%
    Total Fat 7.3 g
    11%
    Saturated Fat 3.0 g
    15%
    Cholesterol 96.7 mg
    32%
    Sodium 131.5 mg
    5%
    Total Carbohydrate 11.1 g
    3%
    Dietary Fiber 3.0 g
    12%
    Sugars 6.1 g
    24%
    Protein 36.6 g
    73%

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