Ground Beef Series: Pound #1- Kabob Kubideh

What can I do with those Food Club sized 5 pound packs of Ground Beef you ask? Make something for now make, something for later. When I was first married I froze a whole 5 pound pack of ground beef and had to use my hubby’s screw driver and hammer to chisel large chunks off to defrost. Now when I purchase a pack like that I go to work making a few meals up. You have read previous posts where I have browned the whole pack and froze the meat in one pound bags (about 4 cups per bag) for use in chili, bolognese, and tacos in a bag, all recipes can be found on this site under meat. This has made meal prep a snap as the beef defrosts quickly in the microwave for a quick toss with the other ingredients. Then there is always those dishes that need to be mixed up while the beef is in the raw state such as meatloaf another recipe under meat.

This series of articles will fill you in on 5 other dishes that can be made with 5 pounds of ground beef. Each recipe calls for 1 pound of ground beef and you may adjust the recipe for the amount of servings needed. Also choose the fat content of the beef, I like 80/20 so that if I do form them into patties they will remain juicy and not like hockey pucks.

Here is what I did with Pound #1, Kabob Kubideh from Attifood. Watch that dude dance. Kubideh is made with onions, garlic, and turmeric and is a very popular Persian dish. I followed the recipe on Attifood’s site but made mine in the food processor. I first chopped the onion in the processor then dumped them out on to three layers of paper towels and wrung them out in the sink. Replaced them to the processor, added the other ingredients and gave it a big zingo. I found that they were more dense that way and stuck to the skewers a little easier. I shaped mine like sausages and grilled them on my cook top iron griddle. They are great served with a side of rice and salad but I chose a less formal meal of the kabobs with a big plate of home fries and some fresh pineapple. It was finger food heaven.

Note- If you choose to freeze these then do so before grilling by placing the kabobs on a cookie sheet and freezing until solid then place in zip top bag. To defrost, remove kabobs the night before to defrost in the refrigerator. This recipe makes 6 kabobs.


  1. RecipeGirl
    Posted April 19, 2008 at 9:47 AM | Permalink

    I’ve never seen ground beef on a stick before! Sounds like it’s worth trying.

    Do you have a foodsaver? That was my most precious purchase this year. I buy those giant packages of ground beef from Costco and immediately freeze the meat in different amounts for future use. It keeps forever!

  2. Robin Sue
    Posted April 19, 2008 at 10:08 AM | Permalink

    Recipegirl-Ya know, me and hubby have toyed with the idea and feared that it would be one more thing on or under the counter. But now that you bring it up again I will have to consider. Thanks!

  3. Kate
    Posted April 19, 2008 at 4:01 PM | Permalink

    First, the recipe looks great. Second, HOW FUNNY is that guy? I’m in love. Bookmarking him!

    I did the same thing you did when I first bought meat in bulk. Froze an entire flat of steaks that fused together. DUH. I had to pry them apart with a chisel and rubber mallet and nearly lost a pinkie. Stitches and everything.

    Now, like you, I portion it up when I get home.

  4. Marc @ norecipes
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 9:01 PM | Permalink

    I like your idea for a food series. And these look tasty.

  5. Robin Sue
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 10:35 PM | Permalink

    Marc-Yup been eating alot of beef lately! Just peaked at your site. Nettles! I steer clear of those, who knew you can eat them.

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