Shelli Mader
Hays, Kan.

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Shelli Mader: Road to Ranching 10-5-13

I come from a long line of meat-and-potato-eating cowboys. I think that my dad, brothers, grandpa and husband would be happy with a plain hamburger and a baked potato every day of the week.

I, on the other hand, like some variety in my diet, so I’m always on the search for creative recipes that won’t scare off my cowboys. When I found this recipe for broiled pizza burgers, and got approval from my cowboy husband, I knew it was a keeper.

My mom, on the other hand, wasn’t so sure about it.

A few years ago when my folks, brothers, grandpa, and husband were working some calves I offered to plan and cook lunch for the crew. I was excited to debut my new recipe, but my mom felt a little worried about it. She was most concerned about how well my grandpa — the ultimate meat and potatoes man — would like it. In fact, if I would have thought things through a little more, I probably wouldn’t have risked trying the new recipe. My grandpa doesn’t even like pizza.

That day I didn’t have another recipe plan though, and our small-town store was 10 miles away, so I went ahead and cooked the pizza burgers.

I was nervous when I brought the meal to the table that afternoon, and anxiously waited to see how my grandpa would react. To both my mom’s and my surprise, my grandpa had three servings.

In fact, my whole family liked the recipe and my mom has regularly cooked it for years.

Broiled Pizza Burgers

1 lb. Ground beef

1 Tbsp. Onion, chopped (optional)

2 t. Cornstarch

1 (14.5 oz) can Diced tomatoes, un drained (I like the petite diced)

1 t. Dried oregano

1/4 t. Salt

1/4 t. Onion salt

1-1/2 c. Cheddar cheese, shredded, divided

4 Hamburger buns, split (you can also use sliced bread or rolls )

In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.

Sprinkle with cornstarch; stir until blended.

Stir in the tomatoes, oregano, salt and onion salt.

Cook, uncovered, for five minutes or until slightly thickened.

Add 1 cup of the cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted.

Place hamburger buns cut side up on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

Spoon about 1/4 cup meat mixture onto each bun half.

Sprinkle remaining cheese over meat mixture.

Broil 6- to 8-inches from the heat for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Makes four servings. ❖

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